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Quick Strikes for Friday, May 13

Preview the Lightning and Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals, Dallas and Washington see their seasons end, Erik Erlendsson fraternizes with the enemy at Pensburgh, Toronto continues to overdose on Stamkos hypotheticals and more in this morning's reads.

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Note: It was a little late to get the results from Thursday night's vital game 7 between the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators. For results and coverage, view SB Nation's official game page.

  • Rob Vollman writes about the Bolts' prolific top line of Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn. [NHL.com]
  • Andrew Berkshire has a cool breakdown of the series between the Penguins and the Bolts using the Sportlogiq data. [Sportsnet]
  • The Lightning's official preview of the Eastern Conference Finals. [NHL.com]
  • Check out a new episode of the Bolt Prospects podcast. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Justin Godfrey of The Hopeful Chase takes a thoughtful look at the Bolts heading into the third round of the playoffs. [The Hopeful Chase]
  • Victor Hedman is one of the best defensemen in the league.  Erik Erlendsson writes a little bit about how Hedman got to this point and just how good he is. [HockeyBuzz]
  • Roger Mooney highlights five things to know about the Lightning's Eastern Conference Final opponent. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Erik Erlendsson wades into enemy territory for a Q&A with Pensburgh. [Pensburgh]
  • Get to know Nikita Kucherov.  I mean, you already know him...but get to know him again. [Pensburgh]
  • Travis Yost dives into what has changed to make the Penguins such a dangerous team. [TSN.ca]
  • Dallas' season came to a crushing end with a blowout loss in game 7. [Defending Big D]
  • Russian Machine Never Breaks says everything is awful, except the Washington Capitals, mostly. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • Some notes on the Islanders injuries following their tough series with the Lightning. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • The case against the case against signing Steven Stamkos.  Aren't you glad we still have another two months of this? [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Devils' goalie Cory Schneider has offseason surgery. [All About the Jersey]
  • The folks over at Hockey Wilderness look at their new coach, Bruce Boudreau, and his cursed playoff history. [Hockey Wilderness]