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Quick Strikes for Sunday, September 11

Never forget. And while you're at it, check out some NHL and World Cup related reading.

Teammates and linemates here but not quite so much in World Cup play yesterday, let me tell you...
Teammates and linemates here but not quite so much in World Cup play yesterday, let me tell you...
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The Bolts

  • You might have missed this late in the week but J.T. Brown took issue with the stated rule of former Lightning head coach John Tortorella. It's regarding protest. [Tampa Bay Times]
    (Author Note: It's also politics playing out in spots. We at Raw Charge try to take an active stance of not trying to get into politics on the site. This, two with ties to the Lightning franchise, plays into a very hot subject in pro sports at the moment. They're issues and in-sport positions not to ignore.)
  • Meanwhile, it's World Cup related but Jon Cooper is having a learning experience by way of his involvement. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • The season is getting so, so close! Knowing the broadcast schedule for the Bolts on Fox Sports Sun would be helpful, wouldn't it? Here ya' go! [Tampa Bay Lightning]

The Crunch

  • Syracuse Crunch fans will get a chance to meet and greet the team before the AHL season begins. []
  • If you're a Crunch fan, you might be interested in obtaining tickets for the preseason games away from home... like versus the Comets in Utica. []


  • The NHL will utilize a group of central spotters whose task is to identify concussions in games. [Sportsnet]
  • The locker room tradition that plays out for many NHL clubs: The team logo on the floor of the locker room and don't-step-there-or-else rules and attitudes. Yeah, well, what if a team moved the locker room team-logo to the ceiling? [Big Bad Blog]
  • The World Cup stands as a chance for a RFA player to show his worth... Like Johnny Gaudreau. [Flames from 80 Feet Above]
  • The Detroit Red Wings will be moving away from Joe Louis Arena next season. What aspect of the building will former Wings miss the most? The smell... [The Detroit News]
  • More name speculation -€” the color of Knights -€” for Las Vegas. [The Sin Bin]
  • Meanwhile in Arizona, the Coyotes are in the process of trying to find a new arena in Arizona. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly has confidence in the team remaining in town. [Howling Hockey]
  • NHL history: The Los Angeles Kings were almost... the LA Blades. [Today's Slapshot]

The Sport

  • A case for the Czechs and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. [Fear the Fin]
  • And if you're looking for more of a North American flavor to things, here are five reasons why you should get on the bandwagon for the North America team. [CBS Sports]
  • Good?! Good?!! No, no, no! Your World Cup team sucks! The Pension Plan Puppets team has an entire series to prove it! In this case, they're highlighting the ineptitude of Team Europe! [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Recapping Friday's game one of exhibition play between the Canadian team and the winning Team USA. [The Cannon]
  • The most notable incident of the World Cup on Saturday happened during play between the Czech team and Team Russia. By the way, the incident happened to be between two very noteworthy linemates in the NHL: Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat; two-thirds of the Triplets in Tampa Bay. As of this writing finding news coverage of the in-game incident has been hard to find (video, GIFs, articles, whatever). We link to pre-game coverage here. [The Hockey Writers]