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Quick Strikes for Friday, April 15

Game notes for the Bolts, the Washington Capitals bandwagon, Vinny Lecavalier's last shot at Stanley Cup glory, speculation and transactions from elsewhere in the NHL.

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  • A non-traditional recap of Game 1 between the Lightning and Red Wings... With a nice, subtle play on a common saying as the title. [The Hopeful Chase]
  • A bone to pick, a chip on his shoulder... Jonathan Drouin participated in Game 1 more intensely than he had performed in playoff games last season. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Making the case for Tomas Tatar as an X-Factor in the Lightning / Red Wings series. [Wings Nation]
  • Henrik Zetterberg is integral to the Detroit Red Wings, but to overuse him has the potential to work against the club. [Winging it in Motown]
  • Doubts arise in speculation of the Toronto Maple Leafs signing Steven Stamkos this summer. [Tip of the Tower]
  • One key, expressed reason (in another source all together) is the financial side of things and taxation. We link to Kukla's Korner here but the content creator is the Toronto Sun. [Kukla's Korner]
  • Vinny Lecavalier wants to make a lasting mark before retirement... that being winning a Stanley Cup again. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Washington Capitals have a few noteworthy media supporters... including The Karate Kid. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • ...And actor Alan Thicke. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • Evgeni Malkin is looking to make his return to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first round of the playoffs. Malkin's been out with an upper body injury since mid-March. [Today's Slapshot]
  • The Minnesota Wild are in the playoffs but this time also opens the way for nostalgia... Minnesota's original NHL franchise, the North Stars. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • To leave the Bruins and coach elsewhere might have been an easier task, but Claude Julien doesn't want to leave... And isn't leaving.[Big Bad Blog]
  • Who, oh who, are the New Jersey Devils going to swipe, yank, siphon and/or chase this summer? The mind boggles while the blogger ponders... [All About the Jersey]
  • And what about Toronto? The Maple Leafs have already inked some of their pending free agents, but what is forthcoming? [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Coaching is staying the same for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. Ted Dent's IceHogs are playoff bound having earned 90 points in 74 games played this season. [Second City Hockey]