Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning’s JT Brown is first NHL player to partner with Twitch

Brown will donate the money to charities such as Hockey is for Everyone.

The Bolts

Tampa Bay Lightning player JT Brown got so much notice for his game-streaming ways that Twitch invited him to join its Partner Program. Brown will get some revenue from Twitch for streaming — but he’s donating it all to charity. "Brown explained to SportTechie that after a few weeks of streaming on Twitch, an email appeared from one of the company’s partnerships staffers inquiring about his interest in becoming an official partner. Now, he’s the first NHLer to join the Partner Program." [SportTechie]

Will the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steve Yzerman decide to trade down at the 2017 NHL Draft for some immediate aid? Our guy Tom Hunter has some ideas about who he could pick at lower levels. “This is a team that had a tough season due to injuries that will be looking to compete next year. As a result of that, it wouldn't be surprising if Yzerman traded out of the first round for immediate help.” [Raw Charge]

Raw Charge’s head-to-head series continued yesterday with the Calgary Flames. Ben Bishop was almost traded there — twice. “New rule for Raw Charge recaps: if the Russian Bieber drops his mitts, it must lead the recap.”  [Raw Charge]

There’s still time to vote!

The Crunch

Yesterday, Brandon and Alex chatted about the wonder, terror, and joy of being four games away from winning the Calder cup. Was officiating at fault? [Raw Charge]

History is against the Syracuse Crunch coming back from their 0-2 series deficit in the finals, but it isn’t impossible. 3 teams have done it before. [AHL Morning Skate 6/5/17]

Speaking of that series deficit, what are the things Syracuse needs to do to keep their eyes on the prize during their upcoming home-stand? Brent Axe has some ideas. [Syracuse.com]

Former Crunch forward Ben Simon, who was with the team from 2005-07, is now an assistant coach with Grand Rapids. He has stories. [Syracuse.com]

Photo ops before Finals games are destined to be awkward. [Syracuse.com]

Pictures from the Crunch’s game two at Grand Rapids:

The Crunch raised a flag with their signature #FIN15H logo on it high above Syracuse yesterday:

Spotted: Hey, dude! You seem like you’re far from home:

The Game

Ilya Bryzgalov is one of the Stanley Cup Final’s best reporters:

Nashville Predator’s Frederick Gaudreau has made the unusual jump from the Calder Cup playoffs to the Stanley Cup playoffs in a matter of weeks. [NBC Sports]

Nashville’s coach Peter Laviolette has a request for their fans: Stop throwing things onto the ice. [Syracuse.com]

There is something that ties all four teams left in the NHL and NBA Finals. So much goooooolld. [New York Times]

The Colorado Eagles are champions of the ECHL. They captured their first Kelly Cup by sweeping the South Carolina Stingrays.  The Eagles do have a connection with the the Lightning’s affiliate - the Kalamazoo Wings.  Right Winger Darryl Bootland is the younger brother of K-Wings head coach Nick Bootland. [ECHL.com]

Dave Andrews has done a lot for the American Hockey League, but it’s looking like he only has a year or two left as president. [The Hockey Writers]

Fans who follow the AHL will recognize a new rule being proposed for the NHL: