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Quick Strikes for Thursday, May 26th

Meet new baby Nikita, the Lightning are calm and confident heading into game 7, Kerry Fraser says the Bolts deserved a PP after the overturned goal in game 6 and more in this morning's reads.

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  • Joe Smith says the Lightning are calm and confident headed into tonight's game in Pittsburgh. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Bryan Burns' three things we learned from the Lightning loss in game 6. []
  • Retired NHL referee Kerry Fraser says the Lightning should have had a power play after Jonathan Drouin's goal was overturned in the first period of game 6. []
  • A couple names their newborn baby girl after Nikita Kucherov. And people say this isn't a hockey town. []
  • Robb Tufts dispels some of the silly narratives surrounding Vladimir Tarasenko. [St. Louis Gametime]
  • All four conference finalists have used two different goalies for the first time since 1980. []
  • The Canucks traded Jared McCann and two draft picks to the Panthers for Erik Gudbranson and a draft pick. [SB Nation]
  • Kevin Power goes deep into what to expect when the Rangers' top prospect Pavel Buchnevich makes his way to the NHL next season. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Vadim Shipachyov might not be coming to the NHL after all. Eyes on the Prize breaks down what we know and what we don't on his situation. [Eyes on the Prize]
  • Five for Howling outlines what it would take to trade for Auston Matthews and explains why doing so would be a terrible idea. [Five for Howling]
  • The Hamburg Freezers of the DEL, which is the top league in Germany, folded despite the best efforts of fans and captain Christoph Schubert to find new ownership that could save the team. []
  • Battle of California does what they do best: rank the opposing team's eBay memorabilia. [Battle of California]
  • If you have $3.9 million, you can buy Jonathan Toews' house. [Second City Hockey]
  • You weren't hallucinating. That really was Brooks Laich in the crowd of the Dancing with the Stars finale. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]