Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week: 1/1-1/7

January's opening week was not kind to the Lightning's minor pro prospects. So, for the first time, we have a multiple winner from the junior ranks...

Tuesday's Elitserien Score

Andreas Holmqvist registered 1 assist today to extend his point scoring streak to 5 games, but Linkopings was pummelled 8-3 by Malmo. Linkopings is currently 6th in the Elitserien, but Malmo entered the day dead last on the league table.

Discussion Forums are active

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Access via the navigation link on your side panel or click here. You can use familiar BBCode for posting on the forums, as well as posting any kind of content.

Someone want to start a game day thread for tonight? :)

By the way, I just threw some kind of forum hierarchy and organization together kind of quickly. We can change that if someone has some better ideas.

Hrdel Returned to Johnstown

The Falcons have also announced that they have returned winger Zbynek Hrdel to Johnstown of the ECHL. Hrdel was recalled from the Chiefs when a rash of injuries hit the Falcons with Justin Keller out with a high ankle sprain, Randy Rowe out with a bad lower back and Norm Milley shelved with a broken jaw. The move likely signals that Keller or Rowe will be returning this week as Milley is projected to be out 2-4 weeks.

Karri Ramo Named to AHL All-Star Team

The Springfield Falcons have announced today that goaltender Karri Ramo has been selected to appear for its PlanetUSA team at the upcoming AHL All-Star Game taking place on January 29th. Ramo is 12-9-0 this season with a 3.13 GAA, a .904 save percentage and 1 shutout. The 20 year old netminder made his NHL debut earlier this year making an appearance in relief during a brief callup against the Ottawa Senators.

Choose Your Own Theme

Ok...

I enabled an option that allows site users to select their own theme from a set of "approved" themes. One of the themes will be the site default theme. You can customize your viewing theme by clicking My Account -> Edit and then scrolling down and selecting a theme from the list of loaded themes.

At this moment, there's only about three or four available. I've got a more, but I need to review them before activating some for user selection. I'll get to this later today, so check the comments on this post for some updated info from me.

New Look & Message Boards

Leave some feedback regarding the new look... like/dislike?

Also, there has been some chatter here and over at some of the other Lightning-focused message boards about Bolt Prospects getting into the message board business. First of all... the software that we use at BP has discussion forums built into it. So, it's really just a mouse click and a little configuration to get them up and rolling. Not much effort. But...

The BP staff have not really decided if we want to compete with the various message boards. We can probably be persuaded, but message boards are only fun if a lot of folks are contributing. And, even though our software has discussion forums built in, the software's main purpose is not to be a message board, but to be a knowledge base and community publishing forum. That can include discussion forums, but they won't be feature rich like some message board specialty software. But the forums integrate well with all the other community publishing options we are trying to grow here. Maybe the time has come... I can promise they won't ever be orange, but I can't promise you an ignore feature. But there are other ways to handle that.

CHL Stat Update: 1/8

Stats for Lightning prospects in the Canadian Hockey League as of January 8, 2007:
Key:
Teams: Wins-Losses-Overtime/Shootout Losses
Skaters: Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus, Penalties in Minutes
Goalies: Wins-Losses-Overtime/Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts

Ontario Hockey League
Marek Bartanus
Left Wing, Owen Sound Attack (19-17-5; 4th of 5 in Midwest Division)
6-4, 220 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 – 4th Round
2006-07: 30 Games Played; 4-12-16, -4, 35 PIM
2005-06: 49 Games Played; 7-12-19, -14, 47 PIM

Kevin Beech
Goaltender, Sudbury Wolves (18-16-6; 3rd of 5 in Central Division)
6-4, 180 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 – 6th Round
2006-07: 36 Games Played; 15-14-5, 3.16 GAA, .898 sv%, 1 S.O.
2005-06: 63 Games Played; 33-25-4, 2.94 GAA, .906 sv%, 0 S.O.

Chris Lawrence
Right Wing/Center, Mississauga Ice Dogs (24-13-2; 2nd of 5 in Central Division)
6-4, 217 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 – 3rd Round
2006-07: 35 Games Played; 24-25-49, +20, 70 PIM
2005-06: 67 Games Played; 23-30-53, -20, 91 PIM (with Sault Ste. Marie/Mississauga)

Western Hockey League
Dane Crowley
Defense, Swift Current Broncos (21-19-2; 2nd of 6 in East Division)
6-3, 208 lbs.
Drafted: 2006 – 6th Round
2006-07: 33 Games Played; 4-15-19, -2, 96 PIM
2005-06: 71 Games Played; 1-20-21, -15, 149 PIM (with Saskatoon/Swift Current)

Vladimir Mihalik
Defense, Prince George Cougars (15-19-5; 3rd of 5 in B.C. Division)
6-8, 241 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 – 1st Round
2006-07: 24 Games Played; 3-9-12, -4, 40 PIM
2005-06: 62 Games Played; 3-9-12, -12, 86 PIM (with Red Deer)

NHL Game Night 1/7: Lightning at Penguins

Would have really been nice to hold onto this one in regulation and deny Pittsburgh the point.

TB-3
PIT-2 (SO)

Johan Holmqvist was outstanding in stopping 20 of 22 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping 3 of 3 penalty shots in the shootout. Ryan Craig led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist and the Lightning got their other goal from The Real Secret Weapon, Nick Tarnasky. Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards all had assists. St. Louis also scored the game winning shootout goal on an unorthodox move going sideways in the slot and potting a backhand 5-hole on M.A. Fleury.

Really a strange game that the Lightning could've buried the Pens in regulation in were it not for M.A. Fleury. You know it's a strange night when Lecavalier gets stoned on two breakaways and a shootout attempt but Tarnasky can pot a nice goal on a good high shot from the middle of the slot. The Lightning move to 1 game under .500 and to within 2 points of 8th in the conference.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
Tampa Bay 7:09, Ryan Craig 10 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
Pittsburgh 19:55, Sidney Crosby 20 (Mark Recchi)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 14:04, Nick Tarnasky 2 (Ryan Craig, Brad Richards)
Pittsburgh 17:27, Mark Recchi 10 (power play) (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
Tampa Bay- Martin St. Louis
Pittsburgh- NONE

Game sheet from NHL.com.

Sunday's Superleague Scores

Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 4-1 win over Yaroslavl. Evgeny Artyukhin did not play.

Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 4-3 win over Salavat Yulayev.

Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Tver's 2-1 win over Khabarovsk.

Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 5-2 win over Ufa.

Vasily Koshechkin fell to 12-10-3 in Togliatti's 2-1 loss to SKA. Anton But was scoreless in the match for St. Petersburg.

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