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Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate Presidents’ Trophy win

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The Solar Bears secured a playoff berth

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The Bolts

It wasn’t the best night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. They lost the last regular season game at Amalie Arena to the Washington Capitals, 6-3. The Caps dominated the Bolts and scored three goals during the first period [Raw Charge]

Washington continued to dictate the pace as the period continued whereas the Lightning struggled to navigate the neutral zone effectively. Then when Tampa Bay did manage to get some offensive pressure, Gourde was called for hi-sticking at 14:12. Live and on replay it appeared that Gourde didn’t make contact with Oshie’s helmet, but the officials thought otherwise. So, make that two questionable (at best) calls against the Lightning.

Victor Hedman didn’t return after the first period. He was diagnosed with an upper-body injury after a hit by Carl Hagelin. No updates on his condition yet.

On the plus side, the Bolts received the President’s Trophy during the pregame celebration. Yes, Steven Stamkos touched the trophy, but let’s be reasonable and not get distracted by silly superstitions.

Stamkos also got a silver stick from Vincent Lecavalier and team owner Jeff Vinik as the top goal-scorer in Tampa Bay Lightning history.

It wasn’t a win but the team still made a kind gesture to their fans for being supportive for the whole regular season.

The Prospects

Unlike the Lightning, the Syracuse Crunch won their game against the Utica Comets and earned their 900th victory in franchise history. [Raw Charge]

Somewhat lost in all of the goalscoring, Atte Tolvanen made his home debut in net and stopped 23 of 25 shots and picked up his first professional victory. Carter Verhaeghe had four points and moved into the lead in the AHL points race with 75. With the victory, the Crunch also clinched the Galaxy Cup (a title bestowed upon the team that has the most points in the season series between Utica and Syracuse). Oh, and it was also Head Coach Ben Groulx’s 200th AHL win as well.
History!

A lot of records were been rewritten last night. Alex Volkov got a first star of the game and also scored his seventh game-winning goal of the season.

The Solar Bears also won their game over the South Carolina Stingrays and secured their spot in the Kelly Cup Playoffs!

The Crunch hosted members of the inaugural 1994-95 team in honour to celebrate their 25th season in the AHL.

The Game

The New York Islanders have clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2016.

The playoff race in the Eastern Conference continues: the Hurricanes, the Blue Jackets, and the Canadiens won their games on a Saturday night, sitting within one point of each other in standings.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th and 51st goals of the season and became the third player in the NHL history with eight or more 50 goal seasons.

He also passed Brandon Shanahan for the 13th on the all time goal scoring list with 657 goals.

Nick Schmaltz signed a new deal with the Arizona Coyotes for 7 years with a $5.85 million AAV.

Jake Dotchin was forced to leave the game when it became clear that the Anaheim Ducks listed him as a scratch.