Santa Claus is Coming to BP

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all BP'ers!

What will Santa bring to all good BP boys and girls this year?

For starters, BP'ers will wake up to the lastest version of the site software that BP uses. This means new themes and new functionality. More on this when the new version arrives.

Secondly, the plan is to install and integrate a hot smoking message board that will attract Lightning fans from near and far to come and discuss their favorite hockey team and prospects. Hopefully, little Timmy has been a good boy this year and Santa helps make the upgrade go smoothly. :-)

ECHL Game Night: Sea Wolves Tangle With Texas for a Three-in-Three

The Mississippi Sea Wolves won the middle stanza of a three game road trip to Beaumont, but lost the Thursday and Saturday night games. The three game series was a hard fought battle for both teams with the Wildcatters owning a 1 goal differential in the three games played.

Stan Lascek assisted on Chris Cava's OT game-winner Friday night.

Canada Bests Finland in Final WJC Tune Up

Lightning prospect netminder Riku Helenius allowed 4 goals on 21 shots as Canada defeated Finland 4-2 in what was Canada's final tune up before the U20 WJC Tournament.

Jones and Leach Sent Back Down to Norfolk

TheAHL.com is reporting the Lightning have returned center Blair Jones and defenseman Jay Leach to Norfolk of the AHL.

I'd love a break out of how much money Blair Jones made on a per second of ice time basis in the last week. Ditto Leach. De facto Christmas bonus.

Hat tip to BP reader Sago.

Rogers and Munce Recalled

This one seems to have flown under the radar...

The Sun Herald reported last Thursday that defenseman Andy Rogers and goaltender Ryan Munce have been reassigned from the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL to the Norfolk Admirals of AHL.

NHL Game Night 12/22: Hurricanes at Lightning

Just a terrible third period as the Lightning waste a quality start by the kid.

CAR-4
TB-1

Karri Ramo stopped 33 of 35 shots faced in the loss.

First Period
Tampa Bay 0:23, Martin St. Louis 13 (Brad Richards, Shane O'Brien)
Carolina 18:04, Andrew Ladd 3 (Matt Cullen, Brandon Nolan)

Secnd Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
Carolina 9:31, Ray Whitney 17 (Cory Stillman, Frantisek Kaberle)
Carolina 19:00, Ray Whitney 18 (empty net) (Scott Walker)
Carolina 19:57, Eric Staal 17 (empty net) (Ray Whitney, Bret Hedican)

AHL Game Night 12/22: Admirals at Bears

Silver lining: we have a Radek Smolenak sighting.

NOR-1
HER-4

Jonathan Boutin stopped 35 of 39 shots faced in the loss.

First Period
HER Potulny, (12) (Gordon, Motzko), 2:28 (PP)
NOR Henrich, (7) (Wanvig, Smolenak), 7:21
HER Wilson, (7) (Morgan, Barney), 9:51

Second Period
HER Wilson, (8) (Paiement, Lepisto), 17:57

Third Period
HER Joudrey, (5) (Gordon, Potulny), 10:56

And the Adam Henrich Redemption Tour 2007-2008 continues.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Friday's Superleague Scores

Anton But was scoreless in St. Petersburg's 3-2 overtime loss to Ufa.

Dimitri Kazionov had 2 penalty minutes in Kazan's 4-2 win over Chelyabinsk. Vasily Koshechkinagain played the role of backup for Ak Bars.

Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 5-1 loss to Chekhov.

Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Omsk's 2-1 overtime win over Novgorod.

AHL Game Night 12/21: Admirals at Senators

It would figure the first night in a while they got goal support they wouldn't be able to keep the puck out of the back of their net.

NOR-3
BIN-4

Jonathan Boutin allowed 4 goals on 38 shots in the loss.

First Period
BNG Kinch, (3) (Dimitrakos, Carkner), 6:10

Second Period
NOR Henrich, (6) (Schneider, Wanvig), 0:25 (PP)
NOR Scalzo, (2) (Kearns, Klinkhammer), 1:42
BNG Zubov, (7) (Lee, Nycholat), 7:09 (PP)
BNG Hennessy, (9) (Dimitrakos), 8:18
NOR Wanvig, (13) (Smaby), 8:48
BNG Donati, (5) (Lee, Mapletoft), 18:31 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

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