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Quick Strikes for Monday, February 8

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Lots of Lightning commentary, an update on the ice complex under construction in Wesley Chapel and much, much more in today’s Quick Strikes.

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  • Steven Stamkos has always been known around the NHL to have tons of offensive talent. During Friday's game against Pittsburgh, however, he got to show off his defensive talent as well, logging more time on the penalty kill than the power play. [Tampa Tribune]
  • While the Tampa Bay Lightning have enjoyed a resurgence as of late, winning 10 out of their last 11 games, so has Tyler Johnson. [Tampa Tribune]
  • This is a loooong way off, but the Lightning will have some decisions to make in the future about their goalie situation. Yes, it is a good problem to have though, especially considering the organization's issues with goaltenders in the past. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • As the Florida Panthers continue their tear through the Atlantic Division, it begs the question: can they run away with the division title? [The Sports Quotient]
  • Construction of Florida Hospital Center Ice, the new ice complex in Wesley Chapel, is plugging along. And Gordie Zimmerman, the man behind the 150,000 square-foot project, has been hinting at some big plans for the new arena. [Tampa Tribune]
  • The Montreal Canadiens have faltered pretty badly throughout the middle of the season, and with Carey Price still trying to recover from an injury, there might not be anything they can do to salvage the season. [Spector's Hockey]
  • Alex Ovechkin became just the third player in NHL history to begin his career with 11 straight 30-goal seasons, an incredible feat. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • ...And the Capitals were happy with their shootout win over the New Jersey Devils. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • So, the New York Islanders beat the crap out of the Edmonton Oilers yesterday by a score of 8-1, welcoming back their former goalie by chasing him from the net with three goals in less than nine minutes. [Lighthouse Hockey]