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Quick Strikes: The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed 15 goals in their last three games

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The Bolts drop a game to the Coyotes, the Syracuse Crunch are atop the North division, and junior hockey playoffs are around the corner.

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Bolts

The Tampa Bay Lightning pick up their third consecutive loss as they fall 5-3 to the Arizona Coyotes. [Raw Charge]

Tampa Bay Lightning G Andrei Vasilevskiy Would Love To Have This One Back. "The play was headed into the Lightning defensive zone. As usual, Andrei Vasilevskiy channeled his inner Ben Bishop and attempted to play the puck behind the net. Unfortunately, this is the aforementioned moment when everything went wrong for the Lightning." [Bolts by the Bay]

Lightning falls at home to Coyotes. "The Lightning allowed three third-period goals for a 5-3 loss in a game it desperately needed to win. 'I just don't know what happened in the third,' Victor Hedman said." [Tampa Bay Times]

Nikita Kucherov is really good at hockey.

“The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that defenseman Libor Hajek has been inked to a three-year, two-way entry level contract. Hajek, who’s from Smrcek, Czech Republic, has four goals and 26 points in 65 games this season with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League.” [Raw Charge]

Tampa Bay Lightning ink Saskatoon Blades defenceman Libor Hájek to contract. “Right away I called my mom and dad, and they were very happy.” [Global News]

The Syracuse Crunch remain atop the North Division, despite losing many players to Tampa. "We went with just 16 skaters in one game, came from behind in the third period, and won in overtime," [Crunch owner Howard] Dolgon said. "Clearly he [head coach Benoit Groulx] has been consistent in his message. We have standards on the way we play, on the way we conduct ourselves and responsibility to teammates. He holds everyone to it whether you are a fourth-line guy or a star player." [Syracuse.com]

Junior hockey playoffs are about to start! There are lots of Lightning prospects to follow - including Anthony Cirelli, Taylor Raddysh, and Erik Cernak on a very dominant Erie Otters team. “Hosting a record-breaking Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome, who spent the start of the season in the NHL, and the Raddysh brothers, who put up a combined 181 points (Taylor - 105 at wing, and Darren 76 on D), the Otters are primed to take on whatever the OHL Western Conference can throw at them.” [Raw Charge]

The Game

“NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said on Tuesday ‘as things stand now people should assume we are not going’ to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic games.” [USA Today]

Sidney Crosby scores dazzling one-handed goal. "In what is easily one of the prettiest goals of this season, the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar shot straight up the center of the ice, beat two defenders and flicked a backhand past Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner for a power play goal. Using just his right hand." [NHL]

Finding the best fighters in the league isn't easy in today's game. " Last year's All-Star MVP John Scott is a guy I would have put at the top of the list but he's now playing in a beer league in northern Michigan." [ESPN]

Golden Knights plan to spend in free agency, GM says. "Money's not a problem," McPhee said Monday in a Q&A with season-ticket holders. "Our owner, Bill Foley, is not afraid to spend to get the right player, and it's our job to identify who those players are." [NHL]

NHL plus-minus: McDavid reclaims scoring lead; an awful night of officiating in Toronto. "[T]he officiating during Monday night’s Maple Leafs-Bruins game in Toronto was horrendous. It was one of the worst policed games all year." [Fox Sports]

The University of South Florida ice hockey team made its first trip to Nationals this year, with some help from the local community. We’re proud of you, Ice Bulls!