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Quick Strikes for Sunday, April 24

The playoffs surge on, the Lightning are resting, and Ken Holland this and Ken Holland that. Your morning reads for Sunday.

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Editor note: Saturday night action was not included in putting together Quick Strikes. Results from the Anaheim / Nashville series and Chicago/St. Louis affair are not posted.
  • With the opening round over early, it gives the Tampa Bay Lightning something the over-active-to-end-the-season club something they need: Rest. [Tampa Tribune]
  • During the 3rd period of games, AK-17 (also known as Alex Killorn) has been an integral element for the Bolts. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The highlight of the 1st round was the power play by the Lightning in game 4. Mike Stuart writes how it's necessary the club needs embrace the system an execution of the man-advantage from that game. [The Lightning Lounge]
  • It's a couple of days old now but in case you missed it, Martin Fennelly recapped/reviewed the Bolts (ugly) series against the Detroit Red Wings. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Christine Gunn also rambles about the series against the Wings, touching on a cast of characters from both sides. [Lightning Shout]
  • J.T. Brown may be out of the lineup for Tampa Bay at the moment (by way of upper-body injury) but his style of play makes him a prototype for bottom-6 forwards in the NHL. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Auction alert: This one is a bigger deal than the Syracuse Crunch auctions we'd been helping promote the past few weeks. Game-worn Tampa Bay Lightning jerseys from the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals. The auction ends on Friday, April 29 at 5 PM EDT. [auctions.nhl.com]
  • Writer and radio personality Brent Axe asks Syracuse Crunch fans what they want to make the team a success next season. He also pays homage to semi-retired Raw Charge staff Allovimo. [Syracuse.com]
  • Wishes or not, here's the status for the Crunch roster regarding contracts for 2016-17. [Syracuse.com]
  • One of those contracts is Captain Mike Angelidis. The veteran center talked about his future with Lindsay Kramer and where he hopes to go and what he hopes to achieve. [Syracuse.com]
  • Site Note: A little community event is underway - introduce yourself to us. We'll do the same. [Raw Charge]
  • Saturday's big news in the playoff ranks is the elimination of the New York Rangers from the playoffs by the potency of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh advances. [Pensburgh]
  • Friday night, it was the Los Angeles Kings that fell out of the playoffs. [Jewels form the Crown]
  • The shot differential was 44-11 and the winning club did it by way of a shutout. A 2-0 win was pulled off by the Philadelphia Flyers over the Capitals, and the Flyers did it on 11 shots. The world is not ending even if something that bizarre / atrocious aspired. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • It was former Capital Michel Neuvirth who stopped the Capitals onslaught. It's always odd when a player faces his old team in the playoffs... [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • None of Canada's 7 franchises made the playoffs. 3 of the Original 6 clubs didn't make the post-season. Of the teams that did - the Blackhawks, the Rangers and Red Wings - two have been eliminated while the third is on the brink. Those are contributing factors to Canadian TV ratings having plunged in the 2016 NHL playoffs. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Mayhem in the Midwest: A tight, tight series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks. St. Louis held a 3-2 edge in the series going into action Saturday night. [Second City Hockey]
  • The return of potency to the playing life of Ales Hemsky. [Defending Big D]
  • The Islanders lead the series with the Florida Panthers 3 games 2... Find a way whatever the challenge. [Islanders Insider]
  • Trade talk could get wild in the summer of 2016... Now tie Steven Stamkos to the New York Islanders and it just gets bizarre. [Today's Slapshot]
  • By the way, the Lightning are not the only tam with game-used jerseys up for auction. [auctions.nhl.com]
  • With the Kings out of the playoffs, two players get sudden attention: Milan Lucic and Vincent Lecavalier. Is Vinny's career over? [Puck Daddy]
  • History gets rehashed and reminded to the public from a now-eliminated Detroit Red Wings: Ken Holland is part of the reason Steve Yzerman is not GM of the Detroit Red Wings. [Winging it in Motown]
  • And there's a tight deadline between Holland and Pavel Datsyuk to try to get the forward back into the fray in the Motor City. [Winging it in Motown]
  • In the IIHF World under-18 Championship tournament, Team Finland took down the United States on Saturday. [SB Nation College Hockey Blog]
  • Just a reminder that the Deke the Deuce Campaign is out there to raise awareness of the rare genetic disease Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (or NF2 for short). Your help in raising awareness and bringing support to a non-profit would be appreciated. [Go Fund Me]