Quick Strikes: Bolts beat Ducks and all is right with the world

Beating Ryan Getzlaf will never not be awesome.

The Bolts

Ryan Callahan helped prank people at the Lightning store. It was lovely.

Tampa shoots down Ducks, 3-2. "The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2 (Shootout), tonight, in a game that had pace, shots, and a fight. The Lightning should hold their heads high that they outplayed a strong playoff team all night and managed to overcome a hot goaltender to take home the 'W.'" [Raw Charge]

Brian Boyle scores winner as Lightning defeat Ducks in shootout. "Brian Boyle got the winning goal in the shootout to spoil the Ducks’ comeback efforts and a strong night from goalie Jonathan Bernier in a 3-2 win for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night." [Orange County Register]

What's wrong with the Tampa Bay Lightning? "That being said, the competition has improved as more teams are proving to be a challenge on any night. Just look at any team in the Metropolitan Division, they’re all above Tampa Bay in the standings." [Real Sport]

Tampa Bay Lightning Alumni Game Highlights Hockey Day. "This will be the first time that the Tampa Bay Lightning have included an alumni game against another team at the Hockey Day event, and it will be sponsored by a local organization called the Jason Ritchie Hockey Foundation." [Bolts by the Bay]

Tampa Bay Lightning: The most interesting team at trade deadline. "General manager Steve Yzerman, so lauded for his productive off-season, has said he has no interest in mortgaging the future to scrape into the playoffs with rentals. It pains Yzerman to lose. He wants another defenceman but who doesn't?" [Sportsnet]

The League

How do you feel about the list of You Can Play ambassadors? Some people feel uncomfortable about the inclusion of Shaw. It’s Not About Your Redemption Arc. "Someone who thinks that athletes should come out no matter what should not be the one writing about how this effects the other parts of Queer culture. Coming out is hard and a privilege that not everyone has." [The Blogger's Tribune]

Editorial: NHL should say no to Olympics. "From a financial standpoint, the estimated $10 million cost - it includes insurance, traveling, accommodations, and other fees - to send NHL players to South Korea had also been a sticking point." [Philly.com]

The NHL is instituting a slimmer fitting pair of goalie pants 50 games into the season. " Wouldn’t it make sense to just put it off and fine-tune the pants for comfort and ability next year when more players will be there to use them?" [SCOC]

Brandon Saad's father, a Syrian immigrant, supports Trump's immigration ban. “Without [Brandon’s] financial ability, it’s very difficult to sponsor that many people,” George said. “There’s a minimum requirement the United States immigration law will demand from you. I could have sponsored five, six or even 10 people. But I couldn’t sponsor all of our family members. That’s why Brandon stepped in and helped sponsor the rest of the family. [Post-Gazette]

Two of a kind: Sabres' Eichel and Reinhart aim to be an iconic duo. "Eichel believes it’s these moments, far from the ice, that will feed fans who are starving for a championship. It’s great that the Sabres have some of the game’s rising stars, but it wouldn’t mean much if they didn’t like each other." [Buffalo News]


Have a LOVELY Sunday, y’all!