Quick Strikes: Lightning at Calgary, Solar Bears don special Santa jerseys
Everything the headline says, and more!
-The Tampa Bay Lightning continued on their West Coast road trip last night, making a stop in Calgary to take on the Flames. Given the 9 PM EST start time, it was difficult for East Coast fans to stay up. No worries; we have the down and dirty on the Lightning’s shootout win!
The 2018-19 season marks the fourth time in franchise history in which the @TBLightning have recorded a point streak of at least 11 games. The others: 2003-04 (14-0-4 in 18 GP), 2002-03 (7-0-6 in 13 GP) and 2013-14 (7-0-4 in 11 GP). #NHLStats #TBLvsCGY pic.twitter.com/WmJ3oUKNHb— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 21, 2018
Louis Domingue made 7 saves in OT and 6 more in the SO for the Lightning in Calgary. His story this season, just might be the NHL's best "comeback story of the year".— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) December 21, 2018
-Victor Hedman is just the best. That’s all.
Very nice touch from Victor Hedman.— Jonatan Lindquist (@Lindquistik) December 20, 2018
About 300 kids and coaches involved in hometown team ÖSK and Victor’s own hockey school got a postcard from him – including tickets to Sweden–USA in the U18 World Championships this spring. pic.twitter.com/Q9n7tdTbFs
-Danick Martel, who netted his first NHL point the other night in Vancouver, is now up for Bolt Quote of the Year: “Ceddy screamed and I got scared.”
On his first NHL point: "I think I closed my eyes on that one. Ceddy screamed and I got scared, I don’t know. But, no, I do this a lot, I just try to grab the D on my shoulder and spin and find an open gap and Ceddy was open." 😂🙌#TBLvsVAN | Danick Martel: pic.twitter.com/7Jde5ZyrKh— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) December 19, 2018
-While Tampa has been spending some quality time with the Western Conference, things in the Eastern have been rolling right along. Hardev spent some time visiting with the East yesterday, and pondered whether the Lightning have anything to worry about from the likes of Toronto, Washington, and...Pittsburgh?
Don’t look now, but the Penguins are marching. Sidney Crosby has 16 goals (38 points) in 31 games, including a goal and assist against the Capitals on Wednesday night.
(I had to)
-On Thursday, Matt dove deep into the greatness that is Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli, making a convincing argument that he just isn’t appreciated enough.
Entering the season, the Lightning fans and media were abuzz about the surprise arrival of Mathieu Joseph. The speedy winger endeared himself to fans with his relentless speed and forechecking. Given Joseph’s impressive start, many have forgotten another rookie the Lightning are putting on the ice. One who got his first taste of NHL action late last season and into the playoffs. I’m here to tell you that you might think you appreciate Anthony Cirelli, but you don’t appreciate him enough.
-Speaking of young players, you might have missed the fact that Tampa signed prospect Gabriel Fortier to his entry level contract Thursday. While this doesn’t mean much right now - it certainly isn’t anticipated that Fortier will get any NHL time in the near future - it does mean that the first round draft pick is officially in the fold.
-The Syracuse Crunch are struggling a bit lately. After putting together a points streak that lasted 13 games, the Crunch lost two in a row in regulation. Their latest loss, Wednesday night’s contest at Springfield, saw the Thunderbirds take advantage of Syracuse’s lapses. The Crunch is still fairing well, though, and stayed stable in Patrick Williams’ weekly rankings.
-The Crunch’s front office got into the holiday spirit this week, creating cards for military members. Fans can get into the action Saturday night:
As part of our week of assists, the #SyrCrunch front office staff created holiday cards for military members.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) December 19, 2018
We’ll have a table at this Saturday’s game for any fans that would like to decorate cards to be mailed to military members this holiday season. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/bXH2EvaOfP
-The Lightning organization has another baby in the family: Pete Angelidis!
Pretty fired up!!! Baby Pete Angelidis arrived this morning at 7:03am 7 pounds 12oz.— Mike Angelidis (@MikeAngelidis) December 19, 2018
-The Orlando Solar Bears are adding some holiday cheer to their teddy bear toss game with these festive jerseys:
Teddy Bear Toss just got a whole lot merrier 🎅 pic.twitter.com/tW4tTxQJfa— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) December 19, 2018
-Here’s a better look at those jerseys:
Ho Ho Ho! Beary Christmas! 🐻🎅 pic.twitter.com/rSI80YJafF— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) December 19, 2018
-Carter Hart’s mom is so full of pride in these gifs, and it’s exactly what we all need to get through today.
When your son is the first star 😭 pic.twitter.com/6ZtVdC5Nd9— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) December 19, 2018
-Patrik Berglund is officially no longer a Buffalo Sabre after clearing unconditional waivers yesterday. The drama between him and Buffalo could have been a large distraction, but the players did their best to move forward. (paywalled)
-John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars has had a long recovery road after having a hand basically surgically rebuilt. Sean Shapiro talked to him about the process for The Athletic. (paywalled)
-Södertälje is a city in Sweden that that has had a hand in turning out some amazing NHL talent. Carl Hagelin, Anze Kopitar, David Pastrnak and William Nylander all came through that city and played for their team. EP Rinkside took a deeper look at Södertälje SK.
-Looking for a last-minute holiday gift for the hockey analytic lover in your life? Check this out:
My book, Tape to Space: Redefining Modern Hockey Tactics, is now available on Amazon. https://t.co/kMHQkATCA2 pic.twitter.com/gsYmOikRGG— Ryan Stimson (@RK_Stimp) December 19, 2018
-Here’s another great gift idea, although it might arrive after Christmas:
The @TBLightning are the best team in the @NHL. 🏒— You Can Play Project (@YouCanPlayTeam) December 20, 2018
Give the gift of one of these great #HockeyIsForEveryone shirts to show your Pride in the Lightning, and each purchase supports #YouCanPlay. 🏳️🌈 https://t.co/VMVrGP1qA0 pic.twitter.com/Xal3WLp7Zb