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Quick Strikes: Stopping the bleeding

A shootout win against the Capitals is a start to righting the ship.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Bolts

A Lightning team searching for an identity tries to find one. [Raw Charge]

Victor Hedman said “everything was outstanding” for the Bolts. [Tampa Bay Times]

Alex Killorn is the Lightning’s union rep. He called the players’ union rejecting the league’s proposal on the Olympics to be unanimous. [Tampa Bay Times]

The Game

The Avalanche are hockey’s worst team after dropping their fifth straight. [Mile High Hockey]

And now they’ve lost defenseman Erik Johnson to a broken fibula. Ouch. [Denver Post]

Despite the Coyotes shootout loss, Mike Smith’s 58 saves against the Jets set a club record. Who held the previous record? Mike Smith. [Five for Howling]

But no one’s smiling. Especially not Mike Smith.

Sabres goalie Anders Nilsson has a pride flag on his mask to raise awareness for the LGBTQ communities. [The Buffalo News]

Corey Crawford got appendicitis just hours before the Blackhawks’ 3-1 loss.

The Penguins brought back the 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup champions, calling it a family reunion.