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Quick Strikes: Drouin’s first multi-goal game

Good job, Jo!

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ICYMI

Skid continues as Penguins topple Lightning 4-3
I really like this line from Clark’s recap: "In a perfect illustration of hockey toughness and poetic justice, Drouin went to the bench to bleed a little, came back on the ice to tie the game on the ensuing power play at 17:57, then went back to the bench to bleed some more. "

Editorial: The Lightning have a problem developing first-round draft picks

The Bolts

Let's start by staring at pretty things:

Tampa Bay Lightning F Jonathan Drouin Gets Sweet Vengeance With Goal (Video) [Bolts by the Bay]

Corey Long's recap: "Jonathan Drouin scored twice for the Lightning (14-13-2), who are 1-6-1 in their past eight games. Valtteri Filppula scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves." [NHL.com]

Roger Mooney's recap: "The goal put the Lightning on top by two midway through the second period against the defending Stanley Cup champions. An enviable position, for sure, except that the Penguins haven't skipped a beat since last June." [Tampa Bay Times]

Tampa Bay Lightning Smothered By Penalties In Loss To Pittsburgh Penguins. [Bolts by the Bay]

Mooney's "how to fix it" story: "You play defense, and when you're playing defense as a five (-man unit) and you got good gaps and your forwards are back pressuring, you're playing zone to zone to zone, that's how you create turnovers. That's how you get rushes. That's how you create offense," Cooper said. "It sounds like it doesn't make sense, but it truly does, because that's how it works." [Tampa Bay Times]

Tampa Bay Lightning Players Who Could Be Moved At The Trade Deadline. "The Bolts By The Bay Staff sounds off on who they feel the Tampa Bay Lightning should be looking to move as the NHL Trade Deadline approaches." [Bolts by the Bay]

Some great news in Syracuse:

Crunch Top Comets in Shootout, Earn All Six Points on Homestand. “It’s a very good week for us, obviously,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “Tonight we battled hard. It was our fifth game in eight days with some previous travel in St. John’s, so we had to battle hard last night and battle hard again against a very competitive Utica team. My hat’s off to our players.” [Bolt Prospects]

The League

Here's what the NHL's Rose Parade float will look like. "Titled 'A Century of Greatness (1917-2017),' the float will feature a 55-foot-long hockey rink underneath an oversized version of the NHL Centennial logo with a base decorated with the logos of all 30 teams." [LA Times]

You know what? Last night the Avalanche lost to Montreal, 10-1. At least that wasn't the Bolts. [NBC]

Connor McDavid is all grown up after creating his first real NHL feud. [SBNation]

Bill Dineen, former Flyers coach, dies at age 84. [NHL.com]

Awwww: Caps Players Adopt Families For The Holidays (Photos) [Nova Caps Fans]