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Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning first team to 100 points in the NHL

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The Lightning have done this on the backs of a 9-0-1 run in their last 100 games.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning
Alone in his awesomeness, Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) is congratulated as he makes a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during a shootout at Amalie Arena.
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The Bolts

Brayden Point and the Tampa Bay Lightning go to overtime and/or the shootout for the seventh time in eight games. Point has scored in the shootout or won the game in overtime five times during this run, he has been integral to the success of this team and he did so once again yesterday afternoon. [Raw Charge]

Louis Domingue deserves praise for coming in and playing this well after sitting for so long. He stared down numerous odd-man rushes and a breakaway in overtime—he stopped all of them. He was only beaten once in the shootout and kept Tampa Bay in the game when Montreal was pushing to extend their lead.

The Lightning did not execute their best game on Saturday, but they did enough to get the win. [NHL dot com]

Aside from some isolated turnovers that led to a few odd-man rush chances for the Canadiens, the Lightning defended very well. They ended up holding Montreal to under 30 shots (over 65 minutes), did a nice job of keeping the Canadiens’ scoring chances to a minimum and held the Habs to just two goals.

Ryan McDonagh made his Lightning debut in this game and “looked solid.” [Tampa Bay Times]

“I felt as the game continued my legs got better and I felt more comfortable out there with the guys,” said McDonagh, who missed a total of 14 games with the injury.

”His poise and composure in some situations where we may not have put pucks out, McDonagh made sure we got those pucks out,” Cooper said.

Hey, look. A nice new franchise record.

If a child is suffering with cancer, Ryan Callahan do everything he can to help, even if it’s a “Hail Mary.” [Tampa Bay Times]

There is no mainstream treatment or cure for Morgan’s cancer, but an experimental trial in Mexico has shown progress. Patel said they have seen two children from Australia who have cancer-free scans because of the Mexico treatments.

“It’s a Hail Mary,” Callahan said.

The Prospects

The Syracuse Crunch beat the Rochester Americans 4-2 on Saturday, making up for a weekend that started with a loss to Hershey. Mathieu Joseph — aka this month’s young player who will carry the team — scoring twice in this game, he has seven points (4g, 3a) in five straight games. [Auburn Pub]

“We started connecting,” Crunch forward Daniel Walcott said. “We got a good bounce off (Mathieu Joseph’s) leg and the floodgates opened. We just kept shooting on him. We knew he left a lot of rebounds, we just had to capitalize. We put pucks on net and we got some goals.”

The Crunch have improved their defensive game and are hoping all the good things they are doing will translate into offense. Four goals in the second game of a 3-in-3 should help.

Minnesota high schooler Sammy Walker had five points (2g, 3a) in Edina’s 11-0 shellacking of the Centennial Cougars. [Bolt Prospects]

Walker and the Edina High School Hornets brought a very large chip on their shoulder to the 3rd Place consolation game of the Minnesota Class AA high school championships. They used that chip to blank the Centennial Cougars 11-0, and Walker ends his high school hockey career with a game-high two-goal, five-point statement. Walker assisted on two goals from Mason Nevers to open the scoring, and then added his own goal as part of a 4-0 Hornets 1st period. Walker would go on to add a shorthanded assist in the 2nd and a shorthanded goal in the 3rd.

The Game

Brad Marchand is at it again. This time he injured Chicago Blackhawks winger Anthony Duclair when he mauled him from above. YOU DIDN’T NEED TO STICK YOUR HANDS AND GET A PIECE OF HIM, BRADLEY. [Second City Hockey]

Duclair suffered the injury when his right leg buckled underneath him after Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand clothesline during the first period.

Marchand collided with Duclair when he jumped into the air and struck him with his left forearm. The hit caused Duclair to loose his stick and fall backwards as his right knee twisted beneath him. Duclair left the game in the first period and did not return.

“NHL wants coaches, players to stop complaining publicly” LOL. [Sportsnet]

“We’ve been talking for a while about how this issue will be discussed but I think there’s going to be another pushback and that comes from Colin Campbell, who runs the NHL’s hockey operations department, who’s going to give the message across that it’s not OK to have the type of criticism we saw from [Toronto Maple Leafs coach] Mike Babcock [earlier this week],” Johnston said Saturday during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada.

Nashville Predators top prospect Eeli Tolvanen is hoping to be who the Preds thought they had with Jimmy Vesey. But how good is he? [On the Forecheck]

All things considered, Goalvanen - er, Tolvanen - has had one amazing year of hockey. It would still be ridiculous to expect him to produce anywhere near a point-per-game rate in the NHL, but he certainty fits the top-six role that General Manager David Poile expects for him to take in the lineup. Eeli Tolvanen plays on the right wing, so that means either Viktor Arvidsson or Craig Smithwill be getting bumped down from their roles on the roster chart.

Highlight of the Night: WE STILL LOVE YOU BRIAN BOYLE!