Quick Strikes: First game, first victory, first injury

Anthony Cirelli looks great; and word from Joe is that JBB is looking to extend Jon Cooper.

The Bolts

Overtime hockey in the first Tampa Bay Lightning game of the season, eh? I see what kind of season it’s going to be. A lot happened in last night’s game. Anthony Cirelli proved that he’s ready for a fine season in the NHL, Andrei Vasilevskiy did everything but score a goal, and the Cats are still the Cats.

If you haven’t read it yet, go read Matt’s recap. [Raw Charge]

This is great news:

The season opener win streak continues, thanks to this guy (and Vasy and Kuch):

On a melancholy note, there were a few injuries, one to 39-year-old Robert Luongo: Panthers’ Luongo leaves game vs. Lightning with apparent leg injury [Sportsnet]

Midway through the second period, after making a save, Luongo had a lot of heavy traffic in his crease leading to Florida forward Frank Vatrano falling down on to his right leg.

And poor #13 had a moment of bad luck. I hope it doesn’t impact him for long: Tampa Bay Lightning F Cedric Paquette leaves game after getting hand stepped on [Bolts by the Bay]

Lightning forward Cedric Paquette was taking a faceoff where he found himself battling hard for the puck. Sadly, somewhere along the way Paquette lost his balance and ended up using his hands to regain his composure. In the seconds his hands were on the ice, disaster would strike.

There were some interesting quotes in Joe’s article about Jon Cooper’s relationship with new GM Julien BriseBois, one indicating that the team is looking to extend Cooper past his contract year: Lightning ‘fully expect’ extension for Jon Cooper [The Athletic, paid content]

Cooper noted the last time he was in a contract year — 2015-16 — his three-year extension didn’t come until December. And BriseBois has been busy in the transition. He said the key in a new contract will be compensation, noting how coaches’ salaries are in a wide range. “I fully intend on (Cooper) coming back,” BriseBois said.

Amalie Arena joins their AHL affiliate in installing new the Ephesus Lumadapt system for the 2018-19 season [NHL.com]

At a cost of more than $600,000, this Ephesus Lumadapt system is the industry’s first adaptive fully customizable LED sports lighting and controls system, allowing facility operators to buy what they need today and then remotely update, adapt and expand the system as their needs change and new technologies and features become available.

The Prospects

Syracuse Crunch opens season with win in Hershey [Syracuse.com]

Taylor Raddysh and Alex Barre-Boulet both scored their first professional goal in their first professional game in a 3-2 Syracuse Crunch win over the Hershey Bears tonight at Giant Center.

The Game

Wait, what are the New York Rangers doing with our Vladislav Namestnikov, again?

Around the division:

Montreal 5, Pittsburgh 1

Ottawa 5, Toronto 2

What was your favorite moment from last night??