Quick Strikes: Drouin, though

It’s a treat to watch stickhandling like that.

The Bolts & Crunch


Lightning recovers after blowing lead to beat Avalanche in OT (w/video). "He wasn't going to be denied on that shift," goalie Ben Bishop said. "He was a man on a mission." [Tampa Bay Times]

Two Cents: Lightning's season puts bummer on hockey celebration. "So the whole weekend should have been a blast for Tampa Bay hockey fans. But excuse them for feeling a bit sour these days because of the discouraging Lightning season." [Tampa Bay Times]

Lightning trusting rookie Jake Dotchin to boost power play. "He's been unbelievable for us," C Tyler Johnson said. "You mention him being able to get shots through. Since he's been up, he's probably been one of our best defenders at doing that. He's got a lot of skill, has the size, he can skate and he competes hard. He's earned his time." [Tampa Bay Times]

Syracuse bounces back and holds on for victory at St. John's. "The Syracuse Crunch were able to bounce back a day after being drubbed by the St. John’s IceCaps, earning a weekend split with a 5-3 victory at Mile One Center." [Lightning Insider]

Glory days revisited during Tampa Bay Lightning alumni game. "Glancing around the Lightning locker room on Saturday afternoon, it looked like old times as well." [Lightning Insider]

Tampa Bay Lightning alumni game against the Boston Bruins. Photo gallery. [Lightning Insider]

Ready to be excited about the Syracuse Crunch post-season? WE ARE. "A daily look at the race to the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs. The 2016-17 regular season ends April 15." [The AHL]

The League

This link is just for Loserpoints: Pros and cons of an NHL three-point win. "Imagine a system where the winning team was actually rewarded more for notching a regulation win than an overtime or shootout win. Would it add to the quality of games across the league?" [Fan Rag Sports]

‘My wife thinks I look like a fool’: Hockey writer watches NHL game in breathtaking virtual reality. Sounds fun, to be honest. [National Post]

Claude Julien’s tenure in Montreal starts with a whimper. Good. [SBNation]

Sidney Crosby's 1,000th NHL point honored by Penguins. "Captain gets plaque during pregame ceremony, receives golden stick from teammates." [NHL]

Does the NHL have too many outdoor games? Yes. There, I've written the article for you. [Post-Gazette]