Quick Strikes: Gourde’s moment

Last season Yanni Gourde was in the ECHL. Now he’s scoring shorthanded in the NHL.

The Bolts

Youthful experience and bliss combining to keep Lightning in the race. “So maybe we are young and we lost some older guys like Boyle, Filppula and Bish, but we do have that experience, we used to playing in those games and we want to play in those games. But no matter, we have to battle, every team does, young our old. Every team does and you have to bring it every night.’’ [Lightning Insider, subscription]

How Yanni Gourde is seizing his improbable Lightning opportunity. "Coaches aren't stupid," said Roy Sommer, Gourde's coach at Worcester. "If a guy is going to win you games and get you points, you're not going to not play him." [Tampa Bay Times]

Tampa Bay Lightning hosts 3rd annual Bolts Family Carnival. "Fans at the carnival get the chance to interact with the entire Lightning team, former players, coaches and a couple media personalities associated with the team." [WFLA]

Did you know that Stamkos is of Macedonian descent? Read more in Day 70 of our series at Raw Charge.

The Game

See the Minnesota High School All Hockey-Hair Team. "An enterprising YouTuber named his second-annual 'All Hockey Hair Team' for the 2017 tournament and cleverly dubbed the video 'Flowetry in Motion.'" [NHL]

Incredible hockey game in Norway goes 8 overtimes. "Playoff game between Storhamar and Sparta Warriors sets record for longest contest." [NHL]

Players answer, who's the best referee in the league? " I ran into [Joe] Colborne in Colorado in open ice, guys were fired up about it and the ref was like, 'Great hit! I love it!' I love when they're into it. They're charged up." [ESPN]

How the future of Chinese hockey ended up in Long Island. "Thousands of miles away from home, 18 teenage Chinese players -- Team Beijing -- were participating in a grand experiment to revolutionize the country's hockey program before the 2022 Olympics in Beijing-Zhangjiakou." [ESPN]

Bishop's mask. "The mask, which arrived yesterday, was painted in a similar style to his Bolts helmet, and like that one, also glows in the dark." [LA Kings Insider]

Retired Dallas Stars Captain Battling Brain Injury. "He says he was experiencing symptoms that caused him to worry. 'They were minor, slurry speech, maybe focus problems, I had some dizziness and some sleeping issues,' said Morrow." [DFW]

Best of luck to former Bolt Brendan Morrow on moving toward health.