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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, August 30

The rise of Koekkoek, Sustr’s gloves and Datsyuk has been a bad boy.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning
Slater Koekkoek making the leap.
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The Bolts

  • Andrej Sustr shows off his gloves for the World Cup.
  • Slater Koekkoek looking to take the next step. [NBC Sports]
  • Best of the Bolts vote final four is open: Extra attacker sinks Islanders vs. Stopping an Avalanche. [Tampa Bay Lightning]

The NHL

  • Tweet of the week on the four-time Lady Byng recipient:
  • Watch the unveiling of the Al Arbour Rink, the Islanders’ practice rink. [Newsday]
  • The 1972 Summit Series team, including Phil Esposito, Ken Dryden, Peter Mahovlich and coach Harry Sinden are taking off on a Canadian tour. [Toronto Sun]
  • The Las Vegas franchise has trademarked three nicknames. [NHL.com]
  • A few of the best Twitter responses to the news about those trademarks:
  • Nick Kypreos appearing on Steve Dangle’s podcast is a big deal. Apparently. [Sportsnet]
  • Ted Lindsay was a bright spot on a rainy day of charity event. [Today’s Slapshot]
  • The Blue Jackets hired three-time Cup champ John Madden to coach their AHL affiliate.

The game

  • 10 unknown players to know for the World Cup. [CBC]
  • The story of a KHL team revealing a statue to adopted cat outside arena goes back to 2014. [Yahoo Sports]