Dec 17, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) deflects the puck during the first period against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Back of the Net – December 23rd

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to today’s edition of Back of the Net where we take you through all the latest and greatest news and updates from in and around the Bolts Nation, and the world of hockey.

Happy Game Day, everyone! Tonight, the Tampa Bay Lightning travel down I-75 to go face-to-face with our in-state rival Florida Panthers. Will the Lightning be able to keep the momentum going down in Sunrise tonight? I guess we’ll all just have to watch and find out.

The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. In the meantime, let’s get you caught up on everything going on in the National Hockey League today.

So, sit back and relax as we take you through all the latest updates, news, and rumors from not just around the Bolts Nation, but the great, wide world of hockey.

Extra Shift: Hurricanes (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Ref’s-eye view (

Tomas Hertl likely out a month (ESPN)

Report: Pat LaFontaine Closing In On GM (Sabre Noise)

Gillies Stops 38 in 3-2 Pre-Tournament Win Over Finland (USA Hockey)

Sports’ most heartwarming military homecomings of 2013 (Fox Sports)

Jonathan Quick not experiencing pain, is skating with Los Angeles Kings (FanSided)

Why Tomas Jurco Has Earned Extended Stay with Detroit Red Wings (Bleacher Report)

Sidney Crosby wins ‘HBO 24/7’ by calling Nazem Kadri a joke, debating Dion Phaneuf (Puck Daddy)

Boston Bruins: Brad Marchand scores, Shawn Thornton has hearing with Gary Bettman (Causeway Crowd)


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