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Quick Strikes: Bolts lose to the Jets; Steven Stamkos scores 400th career goal

Crunch and Solar Bears earned victories on Saturday night.

Winnipeg Jets v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images

The Bolts

On a Saturday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning were defeated by the Winnipeg Jets. The game was basically decided in the second period, when the Jets converted the power play they had been given after an unsuccessful challenge by the Lightning coaching staff [Raw Charge]

The Lightning coaching staff felt there was a high stick on the puck that would’ve killed the play, but upon review the officials kept the call for Roslovic’s goal. After looking at the various replay angles, I don’t really see what the coaching staff saw. If their complaint was about Copp behind the net, the overhead angle showed him catching the puck with his hand and pushing it down toward the ice. I’m not sure if there was a communication breakdown on this, but it’s a challenge that had no real business being issued.

At least one good thing happened last night, Steven Stamkos scored his 400th career goal and joined other eight active players with more than 400 goals. [Raw Charge]

As Geo pointed out this summer, Stamkos is the best shooter of this generation. He’s also one of the best goal scorers of this era (yes those are different things). Out of active players, he is currently ninth in goals and if he picks up his scoring as the year progresses, will probably leapfrog Marion Gaborik and Joe Thornton. The only active player with 400 goals that scores them at a greater pace is Alex Ovechkin (.61 goals per game vs. .52 gpg for Stamkos).

Stamkos also is second-fastest active player to score 400 goals behind only Alex Ovechkin!

This article doesn’t seems right after yesterday’s loss.

The Prospects

The Syracuse Crunch beat the Cleveland Monsters 4-2 yesterday, check out Justin’s recap:

Crunch recap for Quick Strikes: The Syracuse Crunch bounced back from two one-goal deficits to defeat the Cleveland Monsters 4-2 on Saturday night. Adorned in special lavender jerseys to honor Hockey Fights Cancer night, the Crunch took a 3-2 lead late in the second period when Luke Witkowski snuck a shot through goaltender Veini Vehvilainen’s legs on a transition play. Danick Martel and Dennis Yan had scored earlier in the game and Cory Conacher finished the game off with an empty net goal. Scott Wedgewood stopped 22 of 24 shots to pick up his first victory since serving as the emergency goaltender for the Lightning during their trip to Sweden. The win moves the Crunch up a spot in the standings to fifth place with an 8-6-2-0 record. They return to the ice on Wednesday as they travel up to Hartford to take on the Wolf Pack.

Before Friday’s game Lieutenant Dominick-Jae Bailey was promoted to the rank of Captain at War Memorial Arena.

Due to breakage of one of the ice resurfacers at War Memorial Arena before the game against the Utica Comets, the Crunch had to bring an ice resurfacer from Sunnycrest Rink. Something that you don’t see everyday [Cnycentral]

“We found out an hour before the game that one of our ice resurfacers was down and wasn’t going to run tonight. Crunch COO Jim Sarosy called Syracuse Commissioner of Parks Julie LaFave who got in touch with Rink Director Joe Burns. They said Sunnycrest Ice Rink had a machine we could borrow, but the only way to get it here would be with a police escort. The next call was to Syracuse Police Officer Bob Newman who was at the Crunch game and coordinated the escort. The new ice resurfacer arrived at the rink just before the first intermission.”

The Solar Bears also won their game, shutting down the Jacksonville Icemen. Zachary Fucale posted his first win of the season

The Game

30 of 31 teams have played on a Saturday’s night in the NHL, check out the results of every game

Fans and players at every arena around the league supported those who are fighting cancer right now.

At days like these hockey players are the best.

Hayley Wickenheiser has been recently inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame, listen her interview on the Induction Class podcast about her long and successful career.

In the clash of league leaders, the Washington Capitals have never been better, thanks to this beautiful shootout goal by Jakub Vrana.

Jack Eichel had a big four-goals night.

Some great third jerseys have been seen before and during the games yesterdays