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Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning set new franchise record for wins in an NHL season

Please make RHD Sergachev something that can happen.

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders
Tampa Bay Lightning center J.T. Miller (10) attempts a shot against New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) during the third period at Barclays Center.
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The Bolts

Just when you thought the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islanders game was done, it wasn’t. [Raw Charge]

The Lightning came out in the third period looking like they body swapped with the Isles Monstars style during the intermission. To say they had a passing interest in playing defense would be aggressive flattery.

Yes, you read that correctly. This is the winningest regular season team in the history of the franchise.

RHD Mikhail Sergacchev? Is this a thing? [Tampa Bay Times]

“I like it,” Sergachev said. “You can do different things. Your stick is to the middle always, and you can shoot one-timers from the right. It’s just different. Sometimes it’s better.”

The Prospects

Don’t look now, but this re-tooled Syracuse Crunch roster could end up being the best one we’ve seen...ever. [Syracuse]

Coming off a trip to the title round last year, a much different Syracuse team started this season 4-9-1-2. But the Crunch is 35-10-2-2 since Nov. 22 and has collected 74 of a possible 98 points in those 49 games, a .755 points percentage.

The Crunch’s Change for Change paintings are available for for you to bid on as well as each player has put together a basket of their favourite things that you can win in the raffle on Saturday. All proceeds will benefit Change For Change.

The Game

Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts is up! The Calgary Flames sound desperate for a first-round pick. [Sportsnet]

12. Word out of the GM meetings is Calgary GM Brad Treliving will look to add a first-round pick in this year’s draft. The Flames traded their 2018 selection to the Islanders in the Travis Hamonic deal, and will try to replace it. That would likely mean a major move, but the way this season is ending necessitates something big.

Mike Green is going to need neck surgery, he’s now shut down for the rest of the season. [Winging it in Motown]

Green, 32, has appeared in 65 games for the Red Wings this season. He leads all Detroit defensemen in assists (25) and points (33), while ranking second among blueliners with eight goals.

Highlight of the Night: Auston Matthews, and his insane lateral movement for a big man, is back.