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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, June 2

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Previews, previews, previews! The NHL world at large previews the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks.

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  • First up -- Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, who breaks down Bolts-Hawks category by category. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Tracy Myers on some connections between the Hawks and Bolts, including Tampa Bay goaltending coach Frantz Jean. [CSN Chicago]
  • Previewing the special teams -- who has the advantage on the power play? The penalty kill? [Puck Daddy]
  • Matt Carle says Tampa Bay will try to wear down playoff time on ice leader Duncan Keith. (Impossible task?)[theScore]
  • Five reasons the Lightning can win the Cup. [NHL.com]
  • Steven Stamkos on the Blackhawks. (Spoiler alert: He drops the "d" word.) [Today's Slap Shot]
  • Dallas Stars fans may be on the Lightning bandwagon for this series: it might be long-time captain Brenden Morrow's last shot at a Stanley Cup. [Defending Big D]
  • What's wrong with bandwagoning? (Nothing.) [Second City Hockey]
  • So, uh, some folks jumped the gun on "New York Rangers Eastern Conference Champions" gear. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Can the Calgary Flames use the Tampa Bay Lightning as a model for a quick rebuild? [Flames from 80 Feet]
  • Guy Boucher's window on the NHL out-clause in his Swiss contract has closed, so back to SC Bern he goes after missing out on the handful of NHL jobs that opened this summer. [Eye on Hockey]