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Quick Strikes for Monday, May 9

A couple of familiar faces are back writing columns on the Tampa Bay Lightning (welcome back!), the Bolts move on to the Eastern Conference Final, and much more in today’s Quick Strikes.

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  • Former Tampa Tribune writer Erik Erlendsson is back with a new column. The Bolts' next-man-up mentality, he says, is allowing them to reach new heights. [LightningShout]
  • Get to know Syracuse Crunch/Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Kristers Gudlevskis. [The Hockey News]
  • Ahh, so the Bolts aren't the only team struggling in the special teams department. The Dallas Stars' special teams play has left a lot to be desired this postseason. [The Pink Puck]
  • Defenseman Victor Hedman flipped the switch and propelled the Lightning with his two goals to a 4-0 win to clinch the series against the New York Islanders. [Today's Slapshot]
  • The recap of yesterday's game from the other side. Kudos to the New York Islanders for putting up one hell of a fight in the second round. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Though their season was very successful by all accounts, the Islanders played kind of a dud of a game yesterday. [Islanders Insight]
  • Here is the schedule for the remaining second round matchups. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • In case you missed it, the NHL named the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL's regular season MVP. [The Pink Puck]
  • A monster has been unleashed! The Lake Erie Monsters remain undefeated in the 2016 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs and are one win away over the Grand Rapids Griffins from gaining a Western Conference Finals berth. [The Cannon]