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Quick Strikes: Lexi and JT Brown attend Soul on Ice premiere

The Bolts

Lightning’s J.T. Brown praises documentary on black athletes in hockey. “There is so much to learn about the history of black hockey players and what it means to be a black hockey player in director Damon Kwame Mason’s groundbreaking documentary Soul on Ice: Past, Present & Future.” [Tampa Bay]

Steve Yzerman working on balancing act. “We have a plan, but 29 other teams don’t necessarily want to follow your plan, you know?” Yzerman said at the NHL general managers meetings Tuesday. “You’ve got to work within your plan and just try to make things work.” [NHL]

Vasilevskiy assuming role he was always meant to play. “[W]hen he was hurt, I played a lot of games in a row, and though it didn’t feel good at the time, we played bad then, so that’s why I’m stronger mentally now, even stronger than before because I played 10 games in a row, and win just one or two games.” [Lightning Insider, subscription]

Newly crowned Kings goalie Ben Bishop: Trade was a ‘shock,’ but he can ‘feel the urgency’ in L.A. “I wanted to kind of keep it the same as the last three years, because it had been working. We started switching goalies back and forth in Tampa, and it wasn’t working. We were falling in the standings and it was making me a little bit upset. Why fix what’s not broken?” [ESPN]

Tampa Bay Lightning Report: Since When Is There A No. 1 Goaltender? “It almost feels as if the Lightning spent the better part of the season pandering to Ben Bishop, all the while knowing his future with the Tampa Bay Lightning was all but written in stone. If you ask us, this is not how you treat a two-time Vezina Trophy Finalist and the person who has led your team to three straight postseasons.” [Bolts by the Bay]

The League

Joshua Ho-Sang says wearing No. 66 ‘ultimate respect’. “It’s just interesting, even people who just take the time to say stuff about it, I mean, I think I made it pretty clear that, for me, it’s no disrespect. If anything, it’s the ultimate respect, I think.” [NHL]

Ho-Sang gets 1st NHL goal as Islanders topple. “It’s really nice, there are no words to describe it,” Ho-Sang said of his first goal. “It’s such a relief to score and it makes you feel like you belong and things are possible and you know all your dreams are coming true in front of your eyes, which is cool. For me, it was a very special moment.” [CBC]

NHL general managers fine with current offside rule. “We talked about it a lot,” said Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka. “It always comes back to the fact that there are over 5,000 offside and there were nine goals that were disallowed that would have been allowed if we change the rule.” [Yahoo]

Fanatics study: Chicago Blackhawks fans are the most loyal in the NHL. Uh…yeah, whatever. [CBC]

Should NHL completely get rid of standings points? “This week at the GM meetings, Lou went old school again. Forget all your talk about three-point wins; just dump the loser point.” [Puck Daddy]

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