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.
Tampa Bay 9:49, Vincent Lecavalier 25 (Vaclav Prospal, Shane O'Brien)
Washington 17:42, Brian Pothier 4 (Alexander Ovechkin, Dave Steckel)
Washington 17:07, Matt Bradley 2 (Dave Steckel, Mike Green)
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.
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. :-)
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.
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.
Just a terrible third period as the Lightning waste a quality start by the kid.
Karri Ramo stopped 33 of 35 shots faced in the loss.
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)
Silver lining: we have a Radek Smolenak sighting.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 35 of 39 shots faced in the loss.
HER Potulny, (12) (Gordon, Motzko), 2:28 (PP)
NOR Henrich, (7) (Wanvig, Smolenak), 7:21
HER Wilson, (7) (Morgan, Barney), 9:51
HER Wilson, (8) (Paiement, Lepisto), 17:57
HER Joudrey, (5) (Gordon, Potulny), 10:56
And the Adam Henrich Redemption Tour 2007-2008 continues.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.