Lightning Waive Denis

The St. Pete Times is officially reporting today that Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Marc Denis was placed on waivers this morning, just hours after the NHL holiday roster freeze ended.

Helenius Stakes Finns to First WJC Win

Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in regulation and overtime before defeating Switzerland in the penalty shot session to even Finland's record at 1-1 in the U20 World Junior Championships.

This Week's Superleague Scores

An update of the week's Superleague scores...

NHL Game Night 12/27 (The Night From Hell): Canadiens at Lightning

Organization in disarray at damn near every level.


Johan Holmqvist allowed 3 goals on 15 shots for the loss. He was pulled temporarily for Karri Ramo who allowed 2 goals on 14 shots.

First Period
Montreal 10:20, Maxim Lapierre 1 (Mike Komisarek, Andrei Markov)
Montreal 12:48, Guillaume Latendresse 10 (Saku Koivu, Siarhei Kastsitsyn)

Second Period
Montreal 0:10, Alexei Kovalev 16 (Mike Komisarek, Tomas Plekanec)

Third Period
Montreal 0:44, Andrei Markov 10 (Mark Streit, Saku Koivu)
Montreal 1:08, Andrei Kostitsyn 7 (Tomas Plekanec, Alexei Kovalev)
Tampa Bay 6:15, Vaclav Prospal 16 (Doug Janik, Nick Tarnasky)
Tampa Bay 19:44, Jan Hlavac 5 (Nick Tarnasky, Mike Lundin)

Unless Dan Boyle comes back soon, this ship appears to be sinking. The simple fact is they are undermanned and overwhelmed. This is an NHL team trying to make due with 3 or 4 legitimate NHL scoring liners, 4 legitimate NHL defensemen, and a rookie netminder and a European journeyman netminder, and they are collapsing under the weight.

In related news, Marc Denis is reportedly being sent through waivers and is ticketed for Norfolk to try and put back together his shattered confidence and wrecked mechanics. Best of luck to you Marc.

Mike Lundin had an assist and was +1 in 17:21.

Mathieu Darche was -1 in 14:48 with 1 shot and 1 hit.

Box score and extended statistics from

AHL Game Night 12/27 (The Night From Hell): Phantoms at Admirals

Organization in disarray at damn near every level.


Jonathan Boutin allowed 5 goals on 23 shots to take the loss before being pulled after two periods. Ryan Munce allowed 1 goal on 10 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
NOR Keller, (6) (Schneider), 5:32 (PP)
PHI Downie, (3) (Ross, Kane), 11:50 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Henrich, (8) (Milley, Keller), 1:01 (PP)
PHI Grant, (1) (Guenin), 1:34
PHI Downie, (4) (Boulerice), 8:53
PHI Powe, (3) (Grant), 10:15
PHI Boulerice, (1) (Beaulieu), 18:30

Third Period
PHI Zingoni, (10) (Matsumoto, Ruzicka), 9:56
NOR Milley, (8) (Jancevski), 15:44

Box score from

ECHL Game Night 12/26: Mississippi @ Pensacola

Former Lightning prospect and Detroit Viper Konstantin Kalmikov scored twice for the Ice Pilots as Pensacola handed Mississippi another road loss by a score of 5-2. After a hot start upon returning from his pre-season injury, Stan Lascek is slumping offensively.

Mississippi 2 @ Pensacola 5
F Stan Lascek: 0-0-0; Even; 0 PIM; 2 SOG
F Brandon Elliott: DNP
F Marek Kvapil: DNP

NHL Game Night 12/26: Lightning at Capitals

Apparently the Lightning skaters didn't get any "effort" for Christmas.


Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 31 shots in the loss including the late game winning goal which came on a shot which was deflected off a stick on the way in that Ramo stopped with his shoulder, popped into the air, and was eventually pushed in accidentally by Martin St. Louis and Paul Ranger. Tough way to take the loss for the kid.

First Period
Tampa Bay 5:43, Vincent Lecavalier 24 (Vaclav Prospal, Martin St. Louis)
Washington 16:11, Dave Steckel 3 (Quintin Laing, Matt Bradley)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 9:49, Vincent Lecavalier 25 (Vaclav Prospal, Shane O'Brien)
Washington 17:42, Brian Pothier 4 (Alexander Ovechkin, Dave Steckel)

Third Period
Washington 17:07, Matt Bradley 2 (Dave Steckel, Mike Green)

Russians Crush Finns in WJC Opener

Harri Sateri allowed 7 goals on 41 shots as the Finnish U20 WJC team started off their tournament with a 7-4 loss to Russia. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius did not play in the game.

BP Upgrade

As Santa delivered toys to all the good boys and girls, BP tech staff delivered a fresh new version of BP to its readers. And while the merits of this new software version will reveal itself in the weeks to come with added functionality, for now the main thing that you will see are some changed themes for you. Check them out by going to your Account and selecting the theme that feels right for you.

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. :-)

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