Quick Strikes: The Tampa Bay Lightning are back

Love you, Acha.

The Bolts

Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman, Brayden Point. The stars who needed to step up last night for the Tampa Bay Lightning did in a 4-2 Game 3 victory in Washington. [Raw Charge]

It wasn’t always pretty, but the Lightning shut down one of the deadliest power-plays in the league this evening. Though, I should correct myself: Vasilevskiy shut down one of the deadliest power-plays in the league. It’s that simple. Hopefully, Tampa Bay can continue to shut down Washington’s power-play (lol, ok) because the Capitals man advantage has been downright terrifying at times.

Tom Wilson commented on the hit he took from Anton Stralman in the post-game, saying, “If I’m wearing a helmet from five years ago, I’m probably unconscious.” I wonder how Zach Aston-Reese feels about that statement. How do YOU feel about that comment? Let me know below! [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

“He sees numbers for a good amount of time and he elevates through the back of my shoulder and head,” Wilson said. “If I make that hit, 100 percent, I’m probably sitting out.” (Stralman received a two-minute penalty on the play).

Our beloved Achariya is stepping down from her role as Managing Editor for Raw Charge.

Personally, under her wing, I’ve learned more about writing, professionalism, family, and so much more in my one year at the site. Acha has been nothing but encouraging, patient, and loving with me from the day I joined RC as the Quick Strikes writer. I wouldn’t have been able to cover the Lightning organization across three leagues, the Toronto Marlies as a beat reporter (which has been an incredible experience on every level), and grow to become an editor at MHH without her behind me and by my side. I’m honoured to have had her as my boss, grateful that she brought me into the RC family, and so incredibly happy that she is my blog-mom. <3 [Raw Charge]

Many thanks to my staff who put up with the old lady in charge, past and present, and for always making me look good. You guys are my family, so you better write, and don’t forget to come home for the holidays.

The Prospects

Boris Katchouk has left a legacy in Sault Ste. Marie after his record-breaking season and playoffs. [Sault Online]

Kitchener, Ontario native Boris Katchouk, who spent one season with the Soo Thunderbirds in 2014-2015, before playing three full seasons with the Soo Greyhounds from 2015-2018, has not only helped both clubs have tremendous seasons, but the 20 year old has also put up some big numbers for the record book.

The Syracuse Crunch have slowly been pushing out video clips of head coach Benoit Groulx the past week or so. His comments on prospects and his personal future with the club are very interesting. [Youtube]

The Game

Pittsburgh Penguins fans were not friendly towards Derick Brassard when he was on Columbus, and they’re still not now that he’s a Penguin. Except his salary cap hit, I guess. [Penburgh]

A big part of having success in todays NHL relies on center depth down the middle. There’s a reason that two Penguins teams that were running Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Nick Bonino, and Matt Cullen won the Stanley Cup two years in a row.

Jim Rutherford was tasked with work to do for the 2017-18 season, needing to replace Boninoand Cullen, who departed via free agency to Nashville and Minnesota, respectively.

Jonathan Marchessault is finding stability in Vegas after a frustratingly rocky time in Florida. [Sportsnet]

James Marchessault is four years old and since he was born his dad has worked in five cities and two hockey leagues.

No wonder Vegas Golden Knights‘ Jonathan Marchessault viewed the six-year contract extension he signed in January not so much as his validation as a player, but as a victory for his young family.

Should the Lightning have egg on their face for missing on Marchessault?


Highlight of the Night: Beautiful.