Quick Strikes: Syracuse Crunch stay alive against the Grand Rapids Griffins to force Game 6

Syracuse wins, Recap of the season series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars, and more stuff.

The Bolts

Despite calling his contract “probably fair for a player of [his] ability”, Adam Gretz argues that Alex Killorn might need to be moved if the Tampa Bay Lightning want to avoid losing a top-six forward due to salary cap issues [FanRag Sports]

With a week to go until the expansion draft, Steve Yzerman is playing the waiting game. He also confirms that he has spoken with Vegas General Manager George McPhee. [Tampa Bay Times]

Next up for the Season Breakdown series - Dallas. GeoFitz breaks down the two games against a fellow underachieving hockey team. [Raw Charge]

What do you guys think of THIS rumor? New Jersey Devils Trade Partners For Ilya Kovalchuk: Tampa Bay Lightning. "The New Jersey Devils are less than one month away from being able to sign a former star. The team plans to move Ilya Kovalchuk to the highest bidder. The Tampa Bay Lightning have been a rumored destination." [Pucks and Pitchforks]

The Crunch

The Crunch beat the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-1 in Game Five.  The series shifts back to Grand Rapids for Game Six. Five different skaters scored and Yanni Gourde had three assists.  JustinG. with a rambling recap [Raw Charge]

See moments from the Syracuse Crunch’s two home games so far in the Calder Cup finals against the Grand Rapids Griffins in slideshow format. [Raw Charge]

Heading back to Grand Rapids will be a healthier team (except for Erik Condra who missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury). According to head coach Ben Groulx, the team had a touch of the flu during the first two games.

Tampa Bay Lightning junior reporter Wyatt Ross asked Gabriel Dumont a few questions earlier this season. Enjoy this adorable interview.

The Honey Badger is having an exceptional post-season for the Syracuse Crunch, driving the offense in a truly impressive fashion.

The Game

Salty Matt Sammon is everyone’s favorite Matt Sammon:

George McPhee is looking to build a competitor in Las Vegas.  A nice long read about the challenges and opportunities the Golden Knights face as an expansion team in Sin City [The Globe and Mail]

In the next few days the NHL will be adding a team to the Stanley Cup. Either PK Subban will add his name for the first time or Evgeni Malkin will add his for the third time. No matter which legend is added to the Cup, it will mean that another legend, Gordie Howe, will have his name removed forever. [CBS Detroit]

And this guy has to be the only talk show host in the US who references hockey. “Jimmy Fallon has fired up the joke cannon once again, returning with another round of Stanley Cup Superlatives, wherein which he takes runs at players competing in the Stanley Cup Final based on their stock photos.” [Puck Daddy]