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Quick Strikes: Nikita Kucherov broke another Tampa Bay Lightning scoring record

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And is the football finally over?

Tampa Bay Lightning v Atlanta Thrashers
The Tampa Bay Lightning vs the Atlanta Thrashers. anyone know who these guys are?
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The Bolts

It was Super Bowl Sunday in the sporting world, meaning literally nothing happened in any of the other sports, including the NHL. Louis Domingue and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday night without Brayden Point in the lineup, but beyond that, there was nothing to talk about aside from football. I’m not bitter, I love to see Tom Brady win. Again. (:

Keeping with the football theme, here’s who the Bolts picked to win the Heisman or the Dean Lombardi medal whatever they got at the end of that really boring game.

I did find one piece of Lightning news; Nikita Kucherov broke the franchise record for fastest player to 80 points. He also broke the record for most points by game 52. It goes both ways. Math!

In alumni news, Martin St. Louis is having tonnes of fun with his kids teams. God bless Canada and their ability to care a little less about the Super Bowl.

The Prospects

I got nothing from the prospects, other than this tweet from the Syracuse Crunch owner. Once again, football!

The Game

Across the SBN family, there were some banger tweets about the football game. Here are some highlights:

Before those tweets, the NHL got in three quick games:

The Boston Bruins beat the Washington Capitals 1-0. [RMNB]

So this was a blowout. The Bruins nearly doubled up the Caps in shot attempts, especially up close, where the Caps were excluded with ease. The Caps’ offense reminded me most of their game against the Islanders from a couple weeks ago: nearly nonexistent. The Bruins are a great defensive team — maybe the best in the East — but this was a pitiful effort by the home team.

The Montreal Canadiens needed overtime to beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3. [Copper n Blue]

Coming off a heart-breaking 5-4 overtime loss to the Flyers yesterday, which saw Edmonton blow two separate 2 goal leads and give up 4 powerplay goals (for the first time since October 2010), the Oilers were in Montreal to take on the Habs. Big news for the Oilers, Klefbom is not playing once again for the Edmonton Oilers. He travelled with the team for the games against the Flyers and Canadiens, but alas wasn’t ready to go.

And the Calgary Flames beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in the Super “battle after the blockbuster in the summer” Bowl. [Matchsticks and Gasoline]

That went just as the Flames drew it up: go to Carolina and have every ex-Hurricane contribute to the scoring with the exception of one goal. To be fair, every Carolina goal today had Dougie Hamilton and Micheal Ferland’s fingerprints on it as well, but in the end the Flames had one more in the score column and walked away 4-3 winners.

And lastly, we had one minor-league trade. One half of the trade involved a team I cover extensively over at PPP, and a player I also covered back in junior hockey, so I had some thoughts. [Pension Plan Puppets]

On the surface, this appears to be a good trade. The Marlies traded a left-handed defenseman — whom they have a surplus in — for a left winger of the same age. The Marlies lost two LWs over the past week; Carl Grundstrom went to LA in the Jake Muzzin trade, and Mason Marchment is out with a broken collarbone suffered on Friday night. But looking more closely, I think this is a loss.

Highlight of the Night: Thunderbug being awesome.