Quick Strikes: Lightning host Bolts Family Game Night, Crunch bounce back

Plus: Jimmy Huntington’s mandatory Instagram picture of him signing his contract.

-The Tampa Bay Lightning changed the format and the location for their Bolts Family Carnival this year, changing it to the Bolts Family Game Night. It was hosted at the gorgeous Tampa Theatre. Here are some highlights from last night:

-The Lightning’s blue line is a-okay, says Ryan McDonagh.

-Tampa Bay forward Adam Erne hit a career milestone last night:

-Lightning head coach Jon Cooper was profiled by The Hockey News for those with All-Access:

-The Syracuse Crunch played the Rochester Americans Saturday night, and played some of the worst hockey they’ve played all season. No exaggeration there, it was ugly.

There are some losses where a team plays really well and just doesn’t catch a break. This was not one of those losses for the Syracuse Crunch. They were thoroughly outplayed by the Rochester Americans in a 5-3 loss on Friday night in Syracuse. If it wasn’t for Eddie Pasquale’s strong play in the second period, the score could have been much worse.

-The Crunch then played that same Americans team Sunday - same line up and everything -and beat them 4-1 with their fresh-from-the-ECHL backup goalie Martin Ouellette in net.

Of course they did.

Even Rochester’s bloggers had to give Syracuse credit:

Syracuse ended a busy week with four games in six days with six out of a potential eight points. Not too shabby.

-Those in the Syracuse area really need to check out the team’s At Your Service dinner. It’s truly one of the highlights of the season.

-The Crunch’s rescheduled celebrity bartending event with prospects Taylor Raddysh and Ross Colton is tonight.

-The Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL affiliate of both the Crunch and the Lightning, sent forward Corey Kalk to the Wichita Thunder yesterday.

The transaction completes the Nov. 27 trade with Wichita, in which Orlando acquired forward Matt Schmalz from the Thunder in exchange for forward Stefan Fournier and future considerations.

-They also took some time to wish Thunderbug a happy birthday!

-Undrafted prospect Jimmy Huntington was recently signed by the Lightning. Cue the Instagram photo!

-Will head coach David Quinn change his style now that his New York Rangers are firmly out of the playoff picture? Well...probably not, says Mike Murphy of Blue Shirt Banter.

The last chapter of the regular season presents an opportunity for Quinn and the Rangers to evaluate what they have and what they might need. For some, the ideal scenario here includes giving more ice time and bigger roles to younger players. In other words: making development the top priority. But we need to acknowledge that Quinn’s idea and even his definition of development could be — and likely is — different from what many of us think it is.

-Speaking of the Rangers, this is...creative: