Quick Strikes: “Turnover heaven”

Jon Cooper’s assessment of his team’s play Thursday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning/Syracuse Crunch

Count ‘em — 13 turnovers for the Bolts in their overtime loss to the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. But it was the second night they crawled back from a two-goal deficit to force overtime. [Tampa Bay Times]

Recap: The Leafs forecheck was good, too good, and pressured the Bolts back into their own zone. But at least everyone stayed healthy! [Raw Charge]

Without Brayden Point, the man advantage goes flat.

Will you be at the Jan. 13 game where Marty St. Louis will be become the first Lightning number to be retired? [TampaBayLightning.com]

The story of a weird Lightning/Leafs trade back when the Lightning had close to zero stability. [Pension Plan Puppets]

Brian Boyle gets some love from a former teammate.

Listen to Crunch assistant coach Trent Cull talk about the team’s success. [WTLA]

The League

The Senators sent No. 11 to the rafters. The best, indeed.

The NHL’s worst moments of 2016 were by its own undoing. [SBNation]

Why Claude Julien shouldn’t be fired: “It would be a move motivated by panic. And panic never got anyone anywhere good. Panicking got Tyler Seguin traded. Panicking got Dougie Hamilton traded.” [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

The 92-year-old grandma of Wings goalie Jared Coreau talking about seeing her grandson play for the first time ever is the cutest.

The soap opera that is the Penguins’ goaltending situation has taken another turn: Matt Murray is week to week. [Pensburgh]

The league needs to make the Winter Classic relevant again. [Vice Sports]

Wild won. Blue Jackets won. One will lose on NYE.

So THIS is what you have to do to get ESPN to cover your sport.


Lightning prospect Taylor Raddysh’s four goals set a Canadian record as Team Canada dismantled Latvia 10-2. This sets up a nice New Year’s Eve showdown with the Americans, who edged Russia 3-2. Team Canada and Team USA are now tied atop Group B, having won all their games. [Canadian Press]

Another Lightning prospect, Mitchell Stephens, did not play after getting injured in the last game. So he made one fan’s dream come true.

Fair question.