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Quick Strikes: Life without Stamkos ... again

Well, isn’t this a bit familiar.

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Bolts

By now you surely know that Steven Stamkos is out indefinitely. [Raw Charge]

A deeper look into the injury. [Tampa Bay Times]

The Lightning can manage Stamkos’ absence. [The Score]

Ben Bishop needs to stand tall amid trade rumors. Shouldn’t be so hard, right? He is 6-foot-7 after all. [BoltsJolts]

But don’t bet on a trade happening any time soon. [SBNation]

The League

Nicklas Backstrom had a five-point night as the Capitals embarrassed the Penguins 7-1. The four ways that Evgeni Malkin had a terrible night. [RMNB]

This happened before that game:

John Tortorella’s Blue Jackets: “A collection of forwards that lack star power but offer the coach different looks and ample balance.” [Columbus Dispatch]

An undrafted free agent on his fifth NHL team in three seasons, David Schlemko seems to have found a welcoming home in San Jose. [Sports Illustrated]

An open letter to Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, responding to his out-of-touch editorial about the fanbase. [Silver Seven Sens]

The cutest fans you’ll probably ever see. Oh to be that young again, right?

Islanders GM Garth Snow gives coach Jack Capuano a vote of confidence. Truly sorry about that. [Lighthouse Hockey]

The fallout of losing Taylor Hall for up to four weeks. [All About the Jersey]

Some thoughts on the hockey community, the election, and the future. [Second City Hockey]

We need to talk about Darnell Nurse. [Copper and Blue]

The Game

In the best intermission segment ever...

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Marie-Philip Poulin is joining the McGill University women's hockey team as a skills coach. [The Ice Garden]