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Quick Strikes for Friday, March 25

Goalie things, defensive schemes and how they limit offense... oh, and is it possible to get around the need for defense?

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  • "Are 50-goal scorers a thing of the past?" Cap'n Steven Stamkos remarks with Corey Perry about how defensive systems are limiting offense. [ESPN]
  • Bryan Burns, official beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, gives Ben Bishop's effort of the season that it is due: Vezina Worthy. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • An annual rite of the Syracuse Crunch has begun that sport collectors and fans will want to get involved with: An auction of Crunch gear from the players. [Syracuse Crunch]
  • Vance Lederman is CFO of the Syracuse Crunch franchise and he got a contract extension with the organization - for 22 years!! He's also being honored with Vance Lederman Night at War Memorial. Get to know the guy and why he's so relevant to the Crunch. []
  • Relevant with thanks to tonight's Lightning opposition: The Islanders have 10 games left on the season, just what is at stake for the club? [Islanders Insight]
  • Speaking of skids... the Boston Bruins have hit their own at four five. (NOTE: this was compiled before last night's Panthers/Bruins game, the Panthers won the game). [Big Bad Blog]
  • Retired NHL player Mike Marson, who endured to help further break the color barrier in the NHL, will be honored on Saturday by the Washington Capitals. [The Color of Hockey]
  • Comparing the LA Kings to the rest of the NHL on the vital aspect of... consistency. [Jewels from the Crown]
  • So the Dallas Stars aren't at their best when it comes to defense... Are they of the model of club that can do it all as an offense-first entity? [Defending Big D]
  • Devils goalie Cory Schneider is out and the Devils are struggling with the remainder of their season. Should Cory be rushed back at all or left to heal while the Devils flail? [All about the Jersey]
  • Meanwhile, fill-in goalie Scott Wedgewood made his 2nd NHL start Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He approached the game as best as he could before the game - in a Martin Brodeur track. Or at least that's how it was framed. [Fire & Ice]
  • In case you've missed the news, Flyers backup goalie Michel Neuvirth is out. Will the Flyers loss of their more-than-capable backup goalie hinder their wild card playoff chase somehow? [The Pink Puck]
  • For sale, by Scrivens! Custom-made goalie equipment that both Ben Scrivens and his wife have used in NHL and NWHL games! [InGoal Magazine]
  • Montreal Canadiens legend Guy LaFleur laments the loss of Carey Price... and suggests the line quality of the Habs is lowly. [NBC Sports]
  • Auston Matthews is one of the top prospects for the 2016 NHL entry draft, and he's also going to be competing with the world's best players in this spring's IIHF World Championships tournament. [Today's Slapshot]
  • It's tourney time, baby! No, no, not that one... the other one, yeah, the one that's going to have its final, frozen four in Tampa. But before they get to the final, they got to get through regionalionals. In this write up, Jeff Cox talks about the NHL-prospect laden Northeast regionals. [SB Nation College Hockey]