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Quick Strikes: In 10 rounds, Point scores Bolts’ lone shootout goal

Bolts fall to Bruins, Stamkos is having a stellar season, and young Lightning prospects continue to show promise.

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Bolts

The Lightning were able to battle back from a (shockingly familiar) two-goal deficit in the first period, but eventually lost to the Bruins in a 10-round shootout. [Raw Charge]

The Bolts’ only shootout goal came from Brayden Point. It was the second time the rookie has scored in the shootout, but he has yet to find the net for his first official NHL goal. [Tampa Bay Times]

Last night was the Lightning’s turn to host their Hockey Fights Cancer event. It’s an issue that is important to coach Jon Cooper who shares a meaningful friendship with Tony Colton, a 15-year-old boy battling cancer. [NHL]

Jack Han offers a quick assessment of Bishop. Do the Bolts actually benefit from his puck-handling skills? [@ml_han]

Steven Stamkos appears to be back in true sniper form. That’s a promising sign for Lightning fans, and a terrifying thought for the rest of the league. [Sportsnet]

Young prospect Mathieu Joseph is having quite the season for the Saint John Sea Dogs and he shows no signs of slowing down. [Tampa Bay Lightning]

Looking for more information on young players in the Lightning pipeline? Bolt Prospects is one of the best resources available to keep you informed on the development of future Lightning players. [Bolt Prospects]

The Game

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson has taken a leave of absence from the team to spend time with his wife who was recently diagnosed with cancer. We wish them all the best during this difficult time. [Ottawa Citizen]

The Vancouver Canucks are having a very weird season. They started the season with a four-game winning streak and have now lost seven in a row. Four of those losses have been shutouts. Will the Canucks figure out how to score more goals? [Vancouver Sun]

Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 91st career game-winning goal, tying Wayne Gretzky and Mark Recchi for 16th on the all-time NHL GWG list. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

To sign or not to sign? Pierre LeBrun looks at why some pending free agents won't be re-signed or traded and whether or not Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is thinking contract extension for Alexander Radulov. [TSN]