Quick Strikes: Joe Thornton as a chia pet

This is an actual serious giveaway that San Jose is doing.

We all want an opportunity to giggle at the Sharks today, right? Right. So, um, they're giving away a Chia pet version of Joe Thornton. No, I'm serious.

The Bolts

Lightning sink in 2-1 loss to Sharks. "Inconsistent play and listless offense leaves the Bolts going home without a point." This sad but sassy recap ends with a cute dog picture.  [Raw Charge]

CrunchCast #10. Our excellent Syracuse Crunch podcast hits the double digits. Remember: when April comes, Raw Charge becomes a Syracuse Crunch playoff supporter website! [Raw Charge]

Recap: Sharks, Dell Ground Lightning. "The San Jose Sharks and the Tampa Bay Lightning do not meet often, but for the first time in two years, a team swept the season series. The Sharks allowed only two goals in the pair of matchups between the two teams. The Lightning’s struggles on the road continued, as they could not exploit the Sharks playing the second of their back-to-back games." [The Hockey Writers]

Sharks win third straight. "Things could’ve fallen apart when Justin Braun took a holding penalty after Drouin scored, but the Sharks held on to make it to the second intermission with the game tied." [Fear the Fin]

Thanks to RC reader Anon Miss for providing this link! First NHL game rejuvenates retired police officer. "A retired Clearwater Police sergeant, Naumann needed a boost after completing chemotherapy a month ago. A friend gave her a ticket to the Lightning's game against the Sabres urging her to get out of the house, and it didn't take long for Naumann to fall in love." [NHL]

The League

Al Montoya hopes to make impact like Willie O'Ree. "Montoya, a veteran goaltender in his first season with the Montreal Canadiens, is the first player of Cuban heritage to play in the NHL; O'Ree became the first black player in NHL history when he made his debut with the Boston Bruins against the Canadiens at the Montreal Forum on Jan. 18, 1958." [NHL]

The number of players Shea Weber has injured with his slap shot is in the double digits. "[I]nteresting to note that there was nearly a five-year span in which no players were injured by a Weber slap shot, but over the past two years and a bit, eight players have been injured." [BarDown]

This week's Big Question: Bigger nets, smaller goalie equipment among changes players want. "The seasons are too long. There's too many games. To win a game now at this level and the competition, it's an absolute war every night." [ESPN]

What the Puck: What is wrong with Carey Price? "The Canadiens’ all-world/other-worldly/greatest-ever goalie simply hasn’t been himself for the past six weeks and it’s right there to see in his stats. He has had four or more goals scored against him in four of his last five games and in one of those games, that embarrassment at the hands of the Minnesota Wild, he let in seven goals." [Montreal Gazette]

Good or bad, Price is still sassy: