Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay wins a wild one in Chicago, Paul Kariya is celebrated

Winner winner chicken dinner!

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The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning were at the Chicago Blackhawks last night, where the temperatures were around a brisk 50 degrees F, and, boy, did it look it.

Coach Jon Cooper gave a great snippit about Corey Crawford pregame.

Goalie Louis Domingue started for the Bolts.

It’s been official for a while that The Triplets are back, but the Lightning made it officially official:

Nikita Kucherov got things started for the Lightning:

The Lightning’s PK kept doing work...

...as did Domingue:

And the Bolts were off! By the end of the second, the score was 4-1 Lightning, and the shots...well....

Then in the third, we had the good...

...and the bad...

But at the end of the night, the Lightning had the victory. The final score was 6-3.

Paul Kairya is Celebrated

Paul Kariya is an extreamly enthusiastic individual that has taken up a unique hobby in his retirement: foil surfing. It’s wonderful to hear that Kariya is doing so well.

It’s surfing with a hydrofoil attached to the bottom of the board and it can be dangerous — but also addictively exhilarating to a focused, goal-oriented person like Kariya.

Kariya’s life these days is happy and satisfying and, most important, no longer darkened by aftereffects of the six concussions he suffered during a splendid career that carried him to the Hockey Hall of Fame last year.

All of this talk centered around his number being retired by the Anaheim Ducks. Appropriately, many stories came out throughout the day from his career.

Congratulations, Paul!

Other Lightning Stuff

Prior to the game Sunday, the team’s social media did their usual reflection of their previous game, their Saturday night overtime loss to Minnesota. First up, the team is looking for a more complete game (in other words, playing 60 minutes).

Anton Stralman returned to Saturday’s game after taking a puck to the neck, and got his revenge by scoring a goal.

Crunch and Prospect Stuff

Meanwhile, the need to “play a full 60 minutes” was also being echoed by the Lightning’s AHL team in Syracuse. The Crunch split the weekend, winning Friday and losing Saturday. Cory Conacher made his Syracuse debut Saturday night and scored his first AHL goal since November 2017. The tally came on a penalty shot.

Being the best team for one period doesn’t cut it, says coach Groulx:

More on the Crunch’s weekend will be posted later on this morning.

My guess is that there is some kind of story behind today’s Connorism, brought to us by Crunch goalie Connor Ingram:

Meanwhile, in the CHL, Gabriel Fortier had the rare scoreless night Saturday, as did Alexey Lipanov.

Solar Bears Stuff

Solar Bears goalie Martin Ouellette - who also has an AHL contract with Syracuse should his services be needed - had his performance from Saturday night highlighted by the ECHL.

Don Money wrote a story about Hunter Fejes and his current “catalyst” status. He also touched on Ouellette’s performance.

Sometimes when a team is scuffling along, it needs a player to step up and provide a spark that can create wins. For the Orlando Solar Bears, that player is Hunter Fejes and Saturday night at the Infinite Energy Arena, he was just the catalyst the Solar Bears needed.

Sport Stuff

Team charts! TEAM CHARTS!


I just want to know how the mouth moves. Then again...maybe I don’t.

Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights earned the 408th win of his NHL career Saturday night, and is now 10th in victories in the league.

New York Rangers prospect Vitali Kravtsov leads all KHL players under 20 years old in points this season.

Former New York Islanders majority owner Charles Wang passed away on Sunday at 74. He was still a minority co-owner at the time of his passing. His death was mourned by many in the hockey community.

Who is the greatest NHL goal scorer ever? ESPN i asked a few writers like Greg Wyshynski,  Chris Peters, and Ben Arledge that question. Their answers may surprise you. Or, you know, maybe not.

Former Crunch goalie Mike McKenna is offering to pay-it-forward after his daughter’s missing jersey was returned. The contest ends Tuesday.

His deed did not go unnoticed by those outside of Belleville:

McKenna also took some time to explain how the goalie pad changeover is affecting goalies in the AHL:

Speaking of goalies at the AHL, a weird occurrence at an AHL game in Rockford Saturday night pointed to something that’s increasingly becoming a problem: net mooring disparities.

It was a battle of the Lightning’s former ECHL affiliates Saturday night as the Adirondack Thunder took on the Brampton Beast in their home opener. Our ECHL queen Tracey captured the action.