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Quick Strikes: The turning point we’ve been waiting for?

The Lightning needed points. They got them in dramatic fashion.

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Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

The Bolts

Good to see the Lightning add another notch in the win column for this stat.

About the injuries though...

And about the benching of Valtteri Filppula for missing a team meeting in the morning...

Listen to Dave Mishkin’s highlights of the game. [Lightning Power Play]

All in all, a good night for the Lightning organization.

What was Jon Cooper’s Christmas card this year? [Sports Illustrated]

Lacrosse runs deep in hockey. Jon Cooper, Gary Roberts, John Tavares and more discuss why. [Sports Illustrated]

The Game

Wait, is there a debate as to whether Daniel Alfredsson belongs in the Hall of Fame? [Ottawa Citizen]

The Blackhawks re-signed Artemi Panarin... which means more retooling of the team will be on the way. [Second City Hockey]

The Oilers and their league average goaltending. [Cooper & Blue]

Cool look inside how players’ equipment gets fixed up.

WJC

Lightning prospect Mitchell Stephens of Team Canada is questionable for tonight’s game against Latvia. Mitchell did not play in the third period of Tuesday’s game and officially has an undisclosed injury. [Toronto Sun]

After cruising past Slovakia on Wednesday, Team USA is tied with Canada in Group B play. [Canadian Press]

What a difference a year makes for Canada and defending champ Finland. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]