Quick Strikes: a Flashback to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final with Tampa Bay and Calgary

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The Bolts

The Mascots have invaded!

Top 5+1 One-and-Done Lightning

#1: Cory Stillman joins the Tampa Bay Lightning for one year and wins a Stanley Cup. “Stillman found a spot on the Lightning’s top line, playing with Vincent Lecavalier and Ruslan Fedotenko and replacing the departing Vinny Prospal.” [Raw Charge]

The Prospects

The World Junior Summer Showcase is over and it looks like the Baby Bolts have impressed. Three Lightning draft picks have made Craig Button of TSN’s projected lineup for Team Canada. [TSN]

I miss summer hockey already...

The Game

On the other side of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup victory we have the calgary Flames. Ryan Pike of Flames Nation along with Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy asks “What if... the Martin Gelinas goal counted for Calgary?” “With 6:57 remaining in the third period (of game 6), Saprykin drove towards the Tampa Bay net and chipped the puck at goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. The puck careened off Khabibulin and deflected right to a charging Martin Gelinas, who redirected the puck with his skates towards the open side of the Lightning net.” [Puck Daddy]

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins brings the Stanley Cup back to his home-province of Nova Scotia in what can only be described as an annual tradition. “Just to see your kid have a smile on their face for two seconds for the day and that it lifts their spirits, it's an amazing thing that just can't be purchased ... If anybody ever says anything bad about Sidney Crosby, I will annihilate them.” [CBC]