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A players-only meeting that has helped the Lightning in a big way, news and commentary about the All-Star games in Nashville and Syracuse and much more in today's Quick Strikes.

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  • Since being embarrassed in Calgary in early January, the Tampa Bay Lightning have enjoyed quite a bit of success. It turns out that a players-only meeting after that crucial loss may have played a big role. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • When Anthony DeAngelo was drafted in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft, many had high expectations for him. Up until now, he has had difficulties meeting those expectations, like many other young defensemen. [Syracuse.com]
  • With the recent excitement of one of the more memorable All-Star weekends, let's take a look at some Lightning history and develop an all-time Lightning all-star team. [LightningShout]
  • Crunch had something extra to cheer about this weekend as the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic was held in Syracuse, N.Y. Mike Angelidis, Kristers Gudlevskis and Matt Taormina were the hometown stars. [Syracuse.com]
  • And the All-Star Weekend in Syracuse produced this adorable moment as some of the participants visited an area children's hospital.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Some of the 2016 <a href="https://twitter.com/Toyota">@Toyota</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AHLAllStar?src=hash">#AHLAllStar</a> Players visited Upstate Golisano Children&#39;s Hospital this morning. <a href="https://t.co/W6KCE80MQ8">pic.twitter.com/W6KCE80MQ8</a></p>&mdash; Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) <a href="https://twitter.com/SyracuseCrunch/status/694175303594332162">February 1, 2016</a></blockquote>

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  • The Eastern Conference AHL goalies had some pretty badass helmets.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Eastern Conference masks look pretty freaking sweet <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AHLAllStar?src=hash">#AHLAllStar</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StarsInCuse?src=hash">#StarsInCuse</a> <a href="https://t.co/cTsBaPY2Jd">pic.twitter.com/cTsBaPY2Jd</a></p>&mdash; Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) <a href="https://twitter.com/SyracuseCrunch/status/694242466023788544">February 1, 2016</a></blockquote>

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  • In the wake of the John Scott madness, here are some thoughts on the role of enforcers in the NHL going forward. [The Canafornians]
  • The AHL and CCM have announced a five-year extension to their ongoing partnership. [The AHL]
  • Vincent Lecavalier has enjoyed a resurgence since his trade to the Los Angeles Kings earlier this month, and he has provided a spark to the Kings' play as of late. [Today's Slapshot]
  • NBC Sports analyst Mike Milbury has had some pretty sharp opinions on All-Star MVP John Scott. That has triggered a firestorm from some fans who say Milbury should be removed from NBC. [Change.org]