Quick Strikes: Bishop returns, MSL’s ceremony, and more

The “more” part is that Ovechkin got his 1000th point last night.


Crunch leave another point on the table in 2-1 overtime loss to Utica

Koekkoek in Syracuse means we need to talk about the Tampa Bay Lightning’s defensive pairings

91 Days of Stamkos: Day 10, Stamkos injury update

The Bolts

Need to know: Marty St. Louis jersey retirement night. "Marty's jersey number retirement ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night. Fans attending the game will want to arrive very early for the game to ensure they are in their seat for the beginning of the show. Doors for premium areas will open at 5 p.m. while regular doors will open at 5:30 p.m." [TBL]

Lightning's Steven Stamkos on Marty St. Louis: perfect mentor, friend. "He was my mentor, for sure," Stamkos said. "Everyone saw the chemistry we had on the ice, but not lot of people know — just because they don't get the behind-the-scenes look — of how much he meant to me, not only as a teammate but as a great friend." [Tampa Bay Times]

Two players set to return, but surprise, somebody else injured for Tampa Bay Lightning. "That means no new injuries cropped up - unless you count the one that came out of left field involving Adam Erne, who was diagnosed with fractured foot after he was returned to Syracuse on Tuesday." [Lightning Insider - subscription]

Ben Bishop set to return for Lightning. "Goalie missed nine games because of lower-body injury, expected to start Thursday or Friday." [NHL]

McKenzie: ‘Something has got to give’ for struggling Lightning. This is the full transcript of Bob McKenzie's words about Yzerman, and it wasn't as clear-cut as we thought. [FanRagSports]

Koekkoek was interviewed after his latest trip to Tampa and back. [Syracuse Crunch]

Lightning Foundation had a fundraising event, featuring the Bolts' Better Halves.

The League

I’m short on time today, but here’s the most important thing from last night: Ovi got his 1000th NHL point. Imagine getting 1000 points in today’s defensive-minded NHL?