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Quick Strikes: The Syracuse Crunch paint hockey sticks for charity

And some really terrible Brayden Point puns.

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Tampa Bay Lightning
Mar 5, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) skates with the puck as Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (81) defends during the first period at Amalie Arena.
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The Bolts

The Tampa Bay Lightning won again. This time against the Winnipeg Jets. Nikita Kucherov broke some records. This is a recording. [Raw Charge]

The 2018-2019 season continues to be a special one for Tampa Bay. By defeating the Central division leading Winnipeg Jets, 5-2, the Lightning secured their 51st win of the season in their 67th game. The Lightning’s depth stood out this evening with Adam Erne, Mathieu Joseph, Cedric Paquette, and Anthony Cirelli all appearing on the score sheet (Yanni Gourde, Steven Stamkos, and Brayden Point also scored this evening). Though, the shining star sits with Nikita Kucherov, who tied Vincent Lecavalier’s single season points record with a two point effort this evening. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves while Connor Hellebuyck stopped 33.

Before the game, head coach Jon Cooper continued repeating the mantra he tells every group of visiting reporters about why he has such a good team.

If everything goes smoothly, Brayden Point should be a Bolt for a long time. Soon, we may be calling him Boltden Point. Tampa Bayden Point? Tampa Bay Pointning? I need to stop.

The Prospects

Your weekly Syracuse Crunch recap includes some...can we say weird?... goalie movement by the Crunch. [Raw Charge]

Other than a brief dalliance with the flu for Eddie Pasquale, the Crunch had another healthy week. While no one came back from injury, they didn’t lose anyone. With the way this season is going, they can count that as a win. Per Coach Ben Groulx, Dennis Yan is healthy enough to play, he just hasn’t been able to work him into the line-up yet. The same goes for Jonne Tammela.

Celebrity Bartending night is on its way! If you’re in the Syracuse area on Thursday night, go say hi to Mitchell Stephens and his pile of broken glass that used to be his bartending juggling act! I’m kidding, hockey players are probably great jugglers.

The Syracuse Crunch painted some hockey sticks and raised some money for charity!

Honestly, these are so cute.

The Game

The NHL GM meetings are currently going on in some sunny beach destination. One of the things being brought up during the talks is with regards to safety for the players.

The New Jersey Devils are one of the more forward-thinking organizations in hockey (proof can be found in the next link). It’s really cool to see them have a Pride Night.

And speaking of the New Jersey Devils, their former video analyst Rachel Doerrie joined the Steve Dangle Podcast to talk about the Leafs, her insight into the team side of hockey, her thoughts on the Toronto Maple Leafs, and her mental health issue that she struggled with while working in New Jersey. I highly recommend listening to this, even if it’s just the end. The podcast is time-stamped so you can skip the ugly Leafs parts.

Someone made a rap about Alex Ovechkin. And in the words of Achariya, “this is pretty epic.” [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

Highlight of the Night: congrats Filip Zadina on your first NHL goal!