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Quick Strikes for Friday, May 20th

The Lightning struggled in game three against the Penguins, Bolt Prospects discusses Anthony Cirelli signing his ELC, the Red Wings decide not to re-sign Kyle Quincey or Brad Richards and Battle of California has some fun with playoff beards.

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  • Erik Erlendsson says the Lightning look like they're in trouble after game three. [Lightning Shout]
  • Bryan Burns' three things he learned from the game three loss. [NHL.com]
  • Bolt Prospects gives some information on the Lightning's latest signing, Anthony Cirelli. [Bolt Prospects]
  • While you're over at BP, check out the latest episode of the Bolt Prospects podcast. [Bolt Prospects]
  • The Penguins expect the Lightning to play better in game four on Friday. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Zac D'Urso at Lightning Shout looks at Vladislav Nametsnikov's play so far in the playoffs. [Lightning Shout]
  • Pensburgh breaks down the first goal of game three in detail with screenshots. [Pensburgh]
  • Another Mike Darnay breakdown.  This time, he looks at Phil Kessel's goal early in the third period. [Pensburgh]
  • After all of those depressing articles about the Bolts, Battle of California is here to provide the heroic journalism the hockey world needs.  And by "heroic journalism" I mean "imagining players' playoff beards as microclimates."  [Battle of California]
  • Erin Bolen has an interesting analysis of which teams have benefited most from penalty calls so far in the playoffs. [Defending Big D]
  • Robb Tufts collected some interesting tweets from Gus Katsaros showing how the Sharks have defended the Blues' breakouts and zone entries. [St. Louis Gametime]
  • Sunshine Skate take a final look at the front office shuffle in Sunrise. [Sunshine Skate]
  • The Red Wings have decided not to bring back Kyle Quincey or Brad Richards. [Wingin' it in Motown]
  • The Oilers re-signed Zack Kassian for another year at $1.5 million. [Copper and Blue]
  • Winnipeg Jets' fans are excited to have Connor Hellebuyck as their goaltender of the future. And with good reason. [Arctic Ice Hockey]