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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, May 3

Game day and plenty of reads related to that...

Erik Condra went down-and-out in game 1., He looks to be up-and-about for game 3.
Erik Condra went down-and-out in game 1., He looks to be up-and-about for game 3.
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  • Jonathan Drouin got a more feature-worthy piece (compared to the cheese) by way of Joe Smith, regarding his post walkout/suspension play. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Who needs to be praised in all the Drouin playoff tenacity is Steve Yzerman. [Lightning Shout]
  • Meanwhile, Brent Burns touches on how Tyler Johnson is being Good at the Playoff HockeyTM. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • Erik Condra and Mike Blunden returned to practice yesterday as the team skated at Barclays Center in Brooklyn... [Tampa Tribune]
  • ...whose playing surface didn't exactly thrill: 

  • "What the Hell is an Islander?" [Answer: A resident of Long Island, New York. Written by a guy from the Great South Bay region of Suffolk County, New York. Next question...) [Roar of Thunder]
  • A little aspect you may or may not be aware of is how long it's been since the New York Islanders have not gotten this far in the playoffs. [NY Isles Blog]
  • Erik Condra isn't the only player close to returning to the series (and other reads with both clubs featured). [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Before last night's game between the Capitals and Penguins, reactions from Caps over the weekend and Brooks Orpik's suspension. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • I saw a local headline in the news about Ringling Bros. putting on a show in Tampa. This story? This story tops it, in a from-the-bottom kind of way that involves Dallas and St. Louis. [St. Louis Game Time]
  • Taking a closer look at the 2016 NHL draft and talent that may be available for the Montreal Canadians (who are selecting at 9th overall). [All Habs]
  • The ideal situation for the Flames going into the draft was... well, winning. Despite not doing it, things still were positive in the results. [From 80 Feet Above]
  • He was out half the season due to injury and he was on a (continuing, cuz that's what they do) bad Oilers team, but Connor McDavid is among the finalists for the 2016 Calder Award (aka the NHL Rookie of the Year). [SB Nation]
  • Goalie Antii Raanta is sticking around Madison Square Garden after being re-signed by the New York Rangers.[InGoal Magazine]
  • Rumors have it the Rags are also in the process of bringing in a college free agent... [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Off the subject of hockey but still pertaining to sports and Tampa Bay: In the Tampa Bay Rays quest for a new stadium, Marlins Park in Miami is looked upon as how not to proceed with a new ballpark quest. [Tampa Tribune]
  • May is NF Awareness Month. Once again we ask for your support in reaching our goal: