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Quick Strikes: Happy 26th birthday, Bolts!

On December 6, 1990, the Lightning were born.

Washington Capitals v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images


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The Bolts

"Host Matt Sammon looks at the birth of the Lightning franchise 26 years later." Transcription coming from Saima! [Raw Charge]

Joe wrote about Cally's Crew: "Witnessing this impact from Cally's Crew the past couple seasons made Callahan, 31, and his wife, Kyla, want to do more. So the couple started the Ryan Callahan Foundation in October. They hope a private launch party today at the Tampa Museum of Art can raise the kind of money that will help the foundation really make a difference." [Tampa Bay Times]

Via Defending Big D, about Tampa Bay's own former sled hockey player: "Declan Farmer tallied 3 points (2 g 1a) for the US Sled Hockey team, in their 4-0 win over Korea. It was the US team opening game in the 2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge." [USA Hockey]

The League

But what about Tim Horton's? "Dunkin’ Donuts has inked a multi-year partnership deal with the National Hockey League, making the Canton-based coffee giant the official coffee, doughnut, and breakfast sandwich of the NHL." [Boston Magazine]

"The NHL reportedly has no issues with its enhanced concussion spotter program, which drew criticism after a decision to pull Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid from his Sunday game against the Minnesota Wild." [Yahoo Sports]

"The Sabres goaltender has a rainbow pride flag painted on the back of his mask. He’s displaying it on the ice to raise awareness of the LGBT community and be a symbol that hockey welcomes diversity." [Buffalo News]

One of the Bolts' favorite foes, Alex Galchenyuk, is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. The injury came after a collision with Anze Kopitar. [HEOTP]

SBNation staffmember and excellent video reviewer Jack Han was profiled by TSN's Bob McKenzie. [TSN]

This headline: Jaromir Jagr Missed Penguins' Stanley Cup Reunion Because He's Still Playing [Bleacher Report]

Should the Rangers panic that their youngsters are inconsistent? Nope. (I guess they’re not used to young players.) [Blue Seat Blogs]

"The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the market for a backup goaltender after placing Jhonas Enroth on waivers Monday." [CBC]

"A day after the Oilers' overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild, Pat Maroon offered what many considered an ill-advised clarification of comments he made the night before when he said the NHL was a "man's game," and then promptly deleted the tweet." [CBC]