Quick Strikes: Marjory Stoneman Douglas hockey team honored at High School Nationals

After being defeated 7-1 by Regis Jesuit, the winning team presented MSD with a banner showing their support.

The Game

You know how you’re going about your day and suddenly something on hockey twitter makes you pause and try your best not to lose your ****? Well. After excellent support from the Florida Panthers, who flew the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school hockey team to nationals on their own plane, MSD had a spotty record at the tournament. They lost to Regis Jesuit and Edina of Minnesota, and defeated Lake Central.

But an amazing moment came after their first loss.

After the match, Regis Jesuit presented the MSD hockey team with a banner expressing their support for the school, signed by the entire student body.

Watch to the very end.

They also presented the team with a special jersey — a Regis Jesuit jersey just for Stoneman Douglas, with the number “17” to honor the 17 dead. [More at 9 News]

The Bolts

Dave Mishkin was not disappointed in the team when the Tampa Bay Lightning lost to the New Jersey Devils, and had some positive things to say about the play. [Tampa Bay Lightning]

Unlike the first two meetings between the Lightning and Devils, games in which both teams used their speed to generate lots of scoring chances, this contest was played much closer to the vest. Even though the Lightning lost the game, they had a pretty strong overall defensive performance. But the Devils also defended well - and ended up making one more offensive play than the Lightning in their 2-1 victory.

Who will the Bolts meet in the first round of playoffs? It’s most likely they’ll meet the Toronto Maple Leafs. [Raw Charge]

Craig’s list | Analysis of NHL playoff races. “Most likely scenario: Tampa Bay wins the division while Boston and Toronto meet in a 2-3 matchup. Florida has an excellent chance to grab a wild card. Since Feb. 1, the Panthers have more points (37) than any team but the Nashville Predators (41). The Panthers are 12-3-1 in their past 16 games.” [FanRagSports]

Hmmmm -- Despite tight standings, Bruins not focused on catching Tampa. “I don’t think a whole lot’s changed in the last two-three weeks. I seems like they’re right there, but they’re not. I think guys are mindful of it, but when the puck drops, no one’s thinking about that,” said coach Bruce Cassidy. “It’s the game in front of you, play well, play our game. And yes, the (getting) healthy part is even more on my mind than Tampa. Guys are trickling back in, others are skating, so it looks like we’re progressing anyway.” [Boston Herald]

Another playoff preview: The 2018 Playoff Bound Tampa Bay Lightning. “If the Bruins would happen to leap over the Lightning at the end of the regular season, the Lightning would hold the two seed in the Atlantic and play the three seed in their division. If the Lightning keep the number one seed, they will play the wildcard team with the least amount of points in the first round.” [iSportWeb]

The Prospects

Stephens, Ingram Lift Crunch Over Comets. “For the Crunch and Comets, it felt like the playoffs came early. The two teams battled for 50 scoreless minutes before Mitchell Stephens crashed the net to put Syracuse on the board, as the Crunch topped the Utica Comets, 2-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.” [Bolt Prospects]

Team USA won the gold and Kendall Coyne is showing it off in Syracuse!