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Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos out with lower-body injury

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Vegas retires #58, Foote signs ELC, and Malkin doesn’t like being spoken to in Russian

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Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during a break in action against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at the Prudential Center on March 24, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils won 2-1.
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The Bolts

The Tampa Bay Lightning continue their late-season slump with a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators. The game was a close 2-1 affair until Filip Forsberg burned Dan Girardi on a counter-attack, letting the chance for a ccomeback slip away. [Raw Charge]

Speaking of poor passes—Braydon Coburn made a cross-zone pass along the offensive blueline towards Dan Girardi, but the pass was a bit too far ahead of Girardi. Girardi read the play correctly and backed up as Forsberg recovered the puck and moved up the ice. Where Girardi made a mistake was how he covered Forsberg—he gave the young Swede too much space on the outside and he proceeded to skate around Girardi.

In the game, the Lightning lost their captain Steven Stamkos to what is officially being called a “lower-body injury.” Hopefully this is a good excuse for rest and Stammer will be back in time for the playoffs. [NHL dot com]

Stamkos has been dealing with what he called a nagging injury that kept him out of Tampa Bay’s game March 26 versus Arizona, the first game he’s missed all season. It’s unknown if this latest injury that forced him to leave the game against the Predators is the same one that kept him from the Arizona game.

“Apart from those 12 minutes in the third, I really liked our game.” - Ryan Callahan

Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov don’t have very much time left to catch up with Richards and Marty.

Not bad, boys, not bad at all.

The Prospects

In good news, the Bolts signed 2017 first-round pick Cal Foote to a three-year entry-level contract! [Raw Charge]

Today, in what would be a cruel April Fools Day joke if that’s what it was, have announced that they have signed 2017 14th overall pick Cal Foote to a three year entry level contract. Foote’s season with the Kelowna Rockets ended with a surprising sweep at the hands of the Tri-City Americans in the first round of the Western Hockey League playoffs.

Foote is expected to join the Syracuse Crunch, which in fact IS allowed in the AHL/CHL agreement, my bad!

Prince Albert squeaked by Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov (and former Bolts prospect Brett Howden) forcing game 7 in Moose Jaw. [Bolt Prospects]

The series returned to the Art Hauser Centre and Prince Albert rallied and forced a game seven behind a pair of goals from Cole Fonstad (2018 draft eligible) and four-points from the captain Curtis Miske (undrafted). Brayden Burke and Jayden Halbgewachs led the Warriors to a 3-2 lead but Sean Montgomery (undrafted) scored just before the end of the 2nd to knot the score. After the Raiders scored a power play goal early in the 3rd, Brett Howden knotted the game with a power play goal of his own before Fonstad scored his second of the game, the game-winner and forces game seven Tuesday night back in Moose jaw.

The Game

Pittsburgh-Washington is a great rivalry that brings out some of the wildest moments on and off the ice. This was no exception. THIS IS MUST-READ MATERIAL [RMNB]

After the game, Malkin explained what got him so mad: “Kuzy spoke Russian.” The Athletic’s Josh Yohe and @PensInsideScoop have the defining tweets.

Oh, Lou.

The Vegas Golden Knights retire #58 in honour of the 58 victims of the 2017 Vegas shooting. [CBS Sports]

On Saturday night, before the Knights’ final home game of the regular season, there was a surprise ceremony at T-Mobile Arena. After a short video played, the names of all 58 victims were projected onto the ice. Those same names were displayed on a banner, along with 58 stars and the words “Vegas Strong,” and raised to the rafters at the arena.

What does life without Hank look like for NYR? [Blueshirt Banter]

Over the thirteen seasons those three men have served as the Blueshirts’ bench boss, only one thing has been consistent: Henrik Lundqvist’s presence between the pipes. Finishing up his 13th season in New York, (as well as his 18th as a member of the organization) Lundqvist will likely want to burn the film on this campaign and move on to preparing for next season.

So Brad Marchand is getting suspended again.

Highlight of the Night: This is extra good because it’s against the Broons.