Quick Strikes: Alex Killorn scores his 100th career NHL goal!

But we are still waiting on the, uh, other 100 milestone.

The Bolts

Louis Domingue won again as the Lightning rode a strong first period to a victory over the Flyers:

The depth players stepped up to do the scoring tonight, which was a change from last night where the stars did all the heavy lifting. Domingue did his thing extending his franchise record winning streak. [Raw Charge]

It wasn’t the ‘100’ milestone we were expecting, but we got one!

Speaking of that milestone, it probably didn’t help that Brayden Point didn’t play:

Our trusty writer Matt joined Broad Street Hockey to preview the Bolts-Flyers game:

Even though Nikita Kucherov didn’t hit the 100 point mark last night, he still wrote his way into the history books:

Plus, Lightning fans are really enjoying watching this team:

And it’s always nice to see trades work out for both teams:

Joe Smith of the Athletic wrote another great piece on Bolts traded at the deadline (pay-walled):

With the NHL trade deadline coming next Monday, we asked Lightning players to share their crazy stories of how they got traded, revealing the human side of these life-changing transactions. [The Athletic]

Don’t forget that the Lightning are hosting Pride Night next Monday!

You should always name your animals after the Lightning, if you can:

Tampa Bay Times continued their lopsided Bolts trades series:

Six years later, ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski ranks that trade as the seventh most lopsided deadline deal in NHL history. “Some felt (then-Lightning) GM Steve Yzerman had been fleeced,” Wyshynski writes. “But clearly, he was selling high.” [Tampa Bay Times]

The Athletic looked at how the salary cap could affect what contending teams do at the trade deadline (pay-walled):

Recently, the Bolts have been linked as a logical landing spot for gritty forward Wayne Simmonds, who is emerging as one of the most enticing trade targets on the market. But, Tampa has been so good that some wonder whether they even need to re-tool their roster. At all. [The Athletic]

The Hockey News wrote about Nikita Kucherov and his contract (they’ve been writing a lot of Lightning-focused articles these days):

As it stands right now, Kucherov will be tied for the 12thhighest cap hit in the NHL when his extension kicks in next season. Any way you slice it, that’s obscenely low and a clear win for the Lightning, who retain one of the best players in the game and still have room to keep their Stanley Cup-caliber roster together. [The Hockey News]

The Prospects

The Lightning sent Mathieu Joseph down to Syracuse and recalled Jan Rutta again:

Otto Somppi was sent down to Orlando to make room for Joseph:

Connor Ingram was named Syracuse’s player of the week:

The Crunch are also accepting nominations for Grandparents of the Year:

The Game

The Athletic’s Dan Robson wrote a very touching story on Ray Emery (pay-walled):

It tells the story of a young, single mother determined to make life work for her infant son. And of a man who came along and loved them both. [The Athletic]

Pension Plan Puppets compiled a bunch of horrific Leafs merchandise and wrote about it again:

Occasionally I get bored and look up what terrible stuff they’ve slapped the Maple Leafs logo onto. Well, I did it again. Here’s to your nightmares. [Pension Plan Puppets]

John Tortorella got very graphic when describing what ailed one of his players:

The Ice Garden looked at whether or not two Canadian women hockey players did enough to stay on the national team:

Canada bested the U.S. without star forwards Jennifer Wakefield and Mélodie Daoust in their lineup – both players were held out due to injury. Their absence in the Rivalry Series and the exclusion of active collegiate players created a valuable opportunity for a few players to prove their worth against Team USA. [The Ice Garden]

The Hockey News looked at drafted and undrafted prospects lighting it up in their respective leagues (including an Oilers prospect named Hayden Hawkey):

Mile High Hockey looked at players the Avalanche could move and target at the deadline:

With less than a week before the NHL’s trade deadline, it’s becoming more and more difficult to keep up with all the rumors. While no one expects Joe Sakic to make a significant splash, the rumblings that he is ready to tinker with the Colorado Avalanche lineup have become louder over the past week or so. [Mile High Hockey]

Grand Rapids spent the day with service puppies!

And last but not least, the strange way police were able to catch a murder suspect at a hockey game:

Investigators then used the internet to determine where Westrom would be in public places and then secretly trailed him to his daughter’s hockey game in Wisconsin in January. That’s where investigators confiscated a napkin he had used and tossed in the trash. [CBS News]