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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, June 9

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History, expectations, & a little bit of trolling in today's Quick Strikes.

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  • If you aren't on Twitter, or like many, were simply watching the game, then you're in luck. Here's a collection of "best tweets" from last night's game. You'll probably recognize some of the people, I'm sure. [ESPN]
  • This was posted before Game 3, but still some relevant questions being asked, even before going into Game 4. Despite being hard on your hearts, Tampa Bay Lightning fans, people who aren't invested in either team are enjoying the heck out of this series. [Grantland]
  • The Lightning, as you may know, have a pretty good road record during playoffs. Which is good for them, since they haven't exactly won all of their home games. Second season and all of that, you know. [Puck Daddy]
  • While the Chicago Blackhawks are an Original Six team, they also have a more recent though impressive history. And, quite frankly, they have much to be proud of. However, as the Bolts well know, your history doesn't always dictate your future. [SportsNet]
  • All over the NHL these days, everyone simply expects Chicago to win. And so do the players. I guess the Bolts seemed to have missed out on that memo, huh? Should be interesting to see how the Hawks respond to being down in the series 2-1. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • The last graph is the best. It's the number of USA Hockey memberships in the state of Florida, and how they've increased over the years. It warms my wee little black heart to see that. And there's still so much more room to grow hockey there, too. [NHL to Seattle]
  • In one of my last links posts, I'd made the mistake of saying that the Boston Bruins haven't hired a general manager yet. Obviously, they had - I was simply wrong. Even still, their new GM has much to work on in Boston. [Boston Herald]
  • Former Lightning player Sheldon Keefe was named the Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year for coaching the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds having the best regular season record in the Ontario Hockey League. He's now accepted the head coaching job with the Toronto Maple Leafs AHL team, the Toronto Marlies. Incidentally, he was Bolt prospect Anthony DeAngelo's junior coach for part of this season. [Buzzing the Net]
  • In perhaps one of the greatest hockey moments caught on television so far this season, highly touted prospect in this year's NHL draft Jack Eichel trolls legendary Canadian hockey commentator Don Cherry. Oh, yes. There's video. But I wouldn't want to ruin it for you. [Kukla's Korner]