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Quick Strikes: Bolts draft picks bring home silver at WJC

Team USA wins gold, 5-4, in a hard-fought shootout.

United States v Canada - Gold Medal Game - 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

ICYMI

Predators punish listless Lightning 6-1. "An all-around bad outing from the Lightning yields exactly the result it deserves as the Nashville Predators dominate them 6-1 in Tampa Thursday night." [Raw Charge]

Dissecting Tampa Bay Lightning’s Defense. "Are there systemic issues with this year’s defense corps? Three Raw Charge writers think this through." [Raw Charge]

CrunchCast #8. "Hosts Brandon Curtis and Alex Ackerman have put the holiday season in the rear-view mirror and are ready to talk Syracuse Crunch hockey again!" [Raw Charge]

Gourde and Taormina will represent the Crunch at the 2017 AHL All Star Classic. "Crunch leading scorers Matt Taormina and Yanni Gourde will be among those heading to Lehigh Valley to represent the North division in the AHL All Star Classic." [Raw Charge]

91 Days of Stamkos: Day 4 with Number 4. "In the ongoing series we look at how Vincent Lecavalier blazed a path for Steven Stamkos." [Raw Charge]

The Bolts

Wilcox on his 'special' first callup to Lightning. "I almost blacked out, I was so excited," Wilcox said. "I started shaking. It's kind of one of those once in a lifetime feelings. Your first callup. It was special." [Tampa Bay Times]

Tampa Bay Lightning: 5 Reasons The Bolts Should Trade Ben Bishop. Better to get something than nothing. [Bolts by the Bay/Fox Sports]

Tampa Bay Lightning: Reliving The Top 5 Moments Of 2016. "The new year has arrived, and while 2016 may be over, let’s take a look at some of the top moments from the Tampa Bay Lightning in the past year." [Fox Sports]

The Game

Canada’s Cirelli once again proving himself on the big stage at WJC. "The kid was built like a six-foot Q-Tip. Physically there was nothing to him. Maybe he was listed at 160 pounds but he was likely weighed while wearing a knapsack full of rocks." [Sportsnet]

Guryanov lifts Russia past Sweden in OT to claim WJC bronze. "Russian netminder Ilya Samsonov was at his best on Thursday and it showed in a bronze-medal victory for his team at the world junior hockey championship." [TSN]

Team USA Wins Gold at World Juniors In Epic Fashion. "Troy Terry (Highlands Ranch, Colo./University of Denver), for the second straight night, scored the game-winner in the shootout, as the U.S. National Junior Team beat Canada, 5-4, to win the gold medal at the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship." [USA Hockey]

Canada-USA WJC takeaways: Chabot a worthy MVP despite loss. "It was unquestionably one of the best ones we’ve ever seen at this tournament and possibly the best one ever held at the Bell Centre. Here are four takeaways from it." [Sportsnet]