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Quick Strikes for Monday, May 16

Good news for the Bolts, a great series between the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks, a happy ending for Jo Paw-velski and much more in today's Quick Strikes.

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  • When Ben Bishop went down to what looked to be a very bad injury Friday evening, Alex Killorn was the first one to say, "Don't worry. We got this." Then, he scored the first goal of the game for the Tampa Bay Lightning on the way to their 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Killorn and the Lightning may have some support though as soon as Game 2 tonight. Amazingly, Bishop is listed as day-to-day and defenseman Anton Stralman may be close to returning. [Today's Slapshot]
  • If the way he walked to the podium yesterday afternoon says anything, it looks like Bishop may actually be very close.

  • Steven Stamkos has switched medications in his journey toward recovering from a blood clot for which he had surgery on April 4. The injectable blood-thinner could bring Stamkos back to the lineup sooner than previously expected. [Sportsnet]
  • One thing we haven't heard much about recently - but is still very much the elephant in the room - is the contract of Stamkos, which expires July 1. With the very real possibility that he goes elsewhere after that date, let's look at why the Buffalo Sabres should (and shouldn't) sign him. [The Buffalo News]
  • The series between the St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks looks like it will be one hell of a matchup. "Welcome to the Thunderdome," St. Louis Game Time says. No, not that Thunderdome. [St. Louis Game Time]
  • After going 3-0 in their series against the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Lake Erie Monsters are in danger of having the series tied and a Game 7 forced. [Winging it in Motown]
  • Another series is, in fact, headed to Game 7. The Albany Devils defeated the Toronto Marlies 4-1 on Saturday. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Former Lightning forward Richard Panik is on the verge of signing an extension with the Chicago Blackhawks, according to reports. [Second City Hockey]
  • Jo Paw-velski, a black kitten that roamed the San Jose ice a few weeks ago, has found a new home. [Fear the Fin