Quick Strikes: Andrei Vasilevskiy joins Team Russia at the Worlds

Solar Bears lose to even series with Everblades

The Bolts

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy will play at the World Championship for team Russia. He has joined his teammates Nikita Kucherov and Mikhail Sergachev who have confirmed their presence at the Worlds before [Fhr.ru]

The senior Russian national team are continuing to train in Novogorsk ahead of the 2019 IIHF World Championship. These following players are training:

Goalkeepers: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Alexander Georgiev, Ilya Sorokin.

Defensemen: Mikhail Sergachyov, Ilya Lyubushkin, Nikita Nesterov, Artyom Blazhievskiy, Dinar Khafizullin, Artyom Zub, Bogdan Kiselevich, Alexander Elesin, Yegor Yakovlev, Artyom Sergeev.

Forwards: Vladimir Tkachyov, Evgeny Malkin, Nikita Kucherov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Artyom Anisimov, Kirill Kaprizov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Sergei Andronov, Sergei Plotnikov, Ilya Mikheev, Alexander Kadeikin, Alexander Barabanov, Ivan Telegin, Pavel Kraskovskiy, Anatoly Golyshev.

Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitri Orlov and former Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev are also expected to join the team.

Geo continues to take a look at the past with his new series of articles [Raw Charge]

It’s the offseason. There’s spurts of activity, but for most of the time, there’s very little going on. Well, at least for the Tampa Bay Lightning. So why not look at some players from the franchise’s past? Some glorious, some not so glorious. How’d they get here? What did they do? Where did they go? It’s time for a little bit of history. If you have a player you’d like me to cover, please leave your suggestions in the comments.

The Prospects

Unfortunately, the Orlando Solar Bears lost in the second game of the South Division Finals to the Everblades. The series is now tied 1-1.

Syracuse Crunch players shared their messages to the fans

Others can be also found on the team’s twitter

Saturday was Exit Day in Syracuse. Listen to interviews from the head coach Ben Groulx and the captain Gabriel Dumont:

Lindsay Kramer of Syracuse.com writes about the early Crunch elimination [Syracuse.com]

Syracuse’s loss mirrors that of Tampa Bay, which was swept by Cleveland affiliate Columbus in the first round of the NHL playoffs. While Syracuse was the No. 2 seed in the AHL, the Lightning was the NHL regular-season champion.

The Game

The Dallas Stars tied their series with the St. Louis Blues thanks to three goals in the first period. Former Lightning goalie Ben Bishop made 32 saves to help his team to win.

The Columbus Blue Jackets also managed to even their series with a victory over the Boston Bruins. The game took two overtimes to determine a winner. Artemi Panarin scored two goals and added a primary assist on a game-winning goal.

Keith Kinkaid didn’t miss a chance to comment on it on twitter

The PHWA have revealed the list of finalists for the 2018-19 Calder Memorial Trophy

The Athletic’s Joe Smith shared his report from the the Russian Five premiere

Team Russia advanced to the U18 World Championship Final after a shootout winner over Team USA. Yaroslav Askarov shutted down his opponents in the shootout

Jack Hughes established a new record for US born players at the U18 Worlds. He’s now four points away from tying the all-time record, which was set by Nikita Kucherov in 2011.

The other finalist is Team Sweden who defeated the Canadians in the second semifinal game.

Players of tournament for every team

The International Ice Hockey Federation confirmed that 3 on 3 overtimes will be used to decide a winner at the World Championship Final game

The CWHL has decided to auction nine trophies that were previously given as individual awards to players and coaches, The Ice Garden shared their opinion on this situation [The Ice Garden]

While the sale is part of the CWHL’s legally obligated asset liquidation, it seems like having to sell off large parts of women’s hockey history is the biggest sign that the league’s finances were in bad shape. The biggest question still remains, now brought to the forefront: how did it get this bad? How much debt needs to be repaid that the literal trophies are up for auction? The auction site has a goal of $35,000 which doesn’t say much, especially considering it started at $50,000.