Quick Strikes: After ASG, the time to win is now

So many points that needs to be earned.

The Bolts

There was a reset button and the Lightning have hit it. We’ll just have to see whether that did anything to save this season. [Lightning.nhl.com]

It’s not that the Lightning just have to win, they have to make a statement against the Bruins. [Bolts by the Bay]

The Lightning have some big decisions to make over the next month. [NBC Sports]

It’s like a broken record, but it needs to keep being said: Yzerman has some tough decisions to make. [The Hockey Writers]

Hear from Brayden Point, who’s nearing a return, which we wrote about yesterday.

Enrico Ciccone has an enduring legacy with the Lightning. And it began with a chance meeting with Phil Esposito years before Esposito acquired Ciccone. [Lightning Shout]

The Crunch/AHL

The Syracuse University student newspaper writes how the state-funded improvements to the Crunch’s home, War Memorial Arena, would offer a boost in revenue to the city. [The Daily Orange]

AHL president David Andrews delivered the state of the league including the league’s expansion into Canada. He also touched on fighting, which Andrews says is down 20% with an increase in instigating penalties. [Times Leader]

Late Monday night, it was reported that the Albany Devils’ move to Binghamton will become official on Tuesday. [Times Union]

The AHL All-Star Challenge was Monday night, and the Pacific Division were repeat champs. The Crunch-filled North Division lost game three in a shootout. [TheAHL.com]


The executive order that bans entry into the United States by immigrants and refugees from seven countries concerned Rangers center Mika Zibanejad so much that he contacted immigration lawyers before flying back to the U.S. from Turks and Caicos during the break. Zibanejad, who has a Swedish passport, has an Iranian-born green card-holding father, who’s in Iran with Mika’s grandmother and other family. [Newsday]

We wholeheartedly agree: Islanders fans deserve better than what Larry Brooks describes is “musical chairs from hell.” [New York Post]

Gary Bettman said a decision over the Olympics would’ve been made by now. So does does he continue to stall? [CBC Sports]

The Capitals are lucky and good, which is a nice combination. [Jasper’s Rink]

The Game

The CHL Top Prospects Game went as scheduled Monday night. Jeff Marek and Sportsnet made a moving statement prior to the start of the game.