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Quick Strikes: Ondrej Palat scores first two goals as a dad

He wrote an “A” on his stick for “Adela”, and scored twice.

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Headline

The Bolts

Yesterday, the biggest thing that happened in these weeks leading up to Christmas was...the game against Colorado. Here’s the Tampa Bay Times recap, and here’s the Sportsnet recap. Below are the more fun ones:

Top Dog Tampa Bay crushes Colorado in road-trip finale [Mile High Hockey]

All day, the Colorado Avalanche’s meeting with the Tampa Bay Lightning was being promoted as a litmus test — a measuring stick game — for the Avs. Colorado entered the night with the top goal-differential in the Western Conference; Tampa Bay had the top goal-differential in the East (and the league).

While one could say Colorado failed its litmus test. One could also just forget the game ever happened.

It was pretty bad.

Stamkos posts four points as the Lightning outclass the Avalanche 7-1 [Raw Charge]

This was a dominant showing for the Lightning. They played one of their best games of the year. Every line contributed. Every pair did their job. Domingue was solid in net. This game was an example of what happens when Tampa hits their highest gear. Colorado has the top end talent but the Lightning’s depth outclassed them tonight.

Anton Stralman (week-to-week) was on the ice for optional skate yesterday morning, as was Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Didn’t remember for last night? It’s happening Monday too:

The Prospects

Rochester Amerks spoil Syracuse Crunch points streak [Syracuse.com]

The game was a showdown between the top two teams in the North Division, first-place Rochester and second-place Syracuse. Rochester now holds a 3-0 season series lead over its rival, including a pair of one-goal decisions in each of the last two games.

Watch goal spark Teddy Bear Toss at Syracuse Crunch game (video) [Syracuse.com]

Since it was Teddy Bear Toss night, that ignited a shower of fluffy creatures from the stands onto the ice. The game was delayed a few minutes while the Crunch staff quickly gathered them up and hauled them off. The final count produced a total of 4,283.

About Friday’s game:

The Game

FRIESEN: WHL move to Winnipeg ‘a done deal’ [Winnipeg Sun]

“It’s a done deal,” he said. “When people are telling you in town that the guy who’s the team president and general manager, his house is just about vacant, that he’s living in his basement and that his wife and kids have moved to Winnipeg… the kids aren’t in school any longer. And there was a vehicle from Manitoba that was helping load stuff up…