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Quick Strikes: Ben Bishop’s bad bounces

He has a losing record this season, but he doesn’t want you to feel sorry for him.

Tampa Bay Lightning v Florida Panthers Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Bolts

You know it’s a bad night if Nikita Kucherov is the one throwing the punches. Oh, and Ondrej Palat left the game with an injury. Our recap. [Raw Charge]

The view from the other side. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

Ben Bishop laments on the type of season he’s had thus far: "Bad bounce, tips, goals off my own players.” [Tampa Bay Times]

The League

So, this happened: Gerard Gallant was fired after the Panthers’ 3-2 loss against the Hurricanes. It’s a dysfunctional mess. [Yahoo Sports]

The Panthers also fired assistant coach Mike Kelly. Panthers GM Tom Rowe, who replaced Dale Tallon last season, will now be behind the Panthers bench. Because that’ll work out well. [Miami Herald]

Stay classy, Panthers management.

Hey Panthers, you watching?

What are the Panthers doing?

It seems the Blackhawks are searching for an identity. [Chicago Sun-Times]

In Minnesota, Bruce Boudreau doesn’t have a star to coach like he’s had with previous teams. #NHLCoachingProblems. [Minnesota Tribune]

The Sabres hammed it up with the Buffalo Bills as they watched a 28-21 Bills win from the sidelines.

The Game

The Calgary Hitmen’s teddy bear toss is a thing of beauty. [Yahoo Sports]

Congrats to longtime University of Minnesota hockey head coach Don Lucia, who earned his 700th career win as a Division I head coach over Boston College. [Pioneer Press]

Now that’s a hockey celebration.

The origins of the ECHL, which formed in the late ‘80s “from three teams salvaged from the defunct ACHL and All-American Hockey League.” And assistant coaches drove the team bus to make extra money on the side. [NHL.com]

Zach Boychuk will be blogging at Viktre, “the first ever social network exclusive to athletes.” In his first post, he writes about his decision to play in the KHL, and wondering if he’ll get paid in a paper bag. [Viktre]