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Quick Strikes: Ryan Callahan receives Masterton Trophy nomination for the Tampa Bay Lightning

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The Lightning host a Fan Appreciation Night

The Bolts

The Tampa Bay Lightning have finally revealed their Masterton Trophy nominee. It’s Ryan Callahan.

At 34 years old, Ryan Callahan has been playing for the Lightning for six seasons. He was acquired from the New York Rangers at the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline in exchange for Martin St. Louis. For the last few seasons, he has been dealing with several injuries and lately, he’s been playing as the 13th forward.

But while his impact on the ice has diminished, he remains one of the most important players off it. And that’s why local media nominated him for the award.

Ryan Callahan on a Masterton nomination:

You can check the other nominees here.

Tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals is the last regular season game at Amalie Arena. The Tampa Bay Lightning will host a Fan Appreciation Night, which is dedicated to their fans who have been following the team this season.

Jon Cooper speaks about his contract extension and what really matters.

The Athletic took a look inside of the Tampa Bay Lightning team. [The Athletic, paid content]

“I don’t think we’ll realize how lucky we are right here until this season is over, until we look back at what we have accomplished,” Domingue said.

“We all know what the goal is here, and that is to win it all, and that is all that has been on my mind since we lost to Washington (in the 2018 Eastern Conference finals). It doesn’t matter what we say. When this next season starts in the playoffs, that is when things really matter.”

The Prospects

The Syracuse Crunch lost their game last night against the Providence Bruins.

The game shouldn’t have been that close at the end. If not for the play of Eddie Pasquale the Crunch could have easily been down four or five goals by the time the final horn sounded. The veteran made 24 saves in the first two periods to keep the Syracuse within striking distance, but the offense never came around to bail him out. [Raw Charge]

Here’s a clip about fan favorite Daniel Walcott who has returned recently after missing six months due to a shoulder injury.

Michael Bournival also returned to the practice, which is more good news for Syracuse as they get ready for the playoffs.

The U.S. Army organized a Coach Symposium for local youth and high school coaches.

The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights and the St. Louis Blues have clinched the Playoffs.

It’s been just a three months since the Blues were in last place in the whole league.

Eric Duhatschek speaks about Joe Colborne, his injuries and his career [The Athletic, paid content]

Colborne left the Flames as a free agent following his most productive NHL season, a 19-goal, 44-point performance in 2015-16. At 26, he looked poised to enter the prime of his career.

But then midway through last year, Colborne vanished off the face of the hockey-playing earth and many people, including those who adored him inside the Flames’ organization, wondered why.

Chris Chelios’ son Jake made his NHL debut.

His father was there too.

Meanwhile, in the ECHL: