Dec 23, 2013; Sunrise, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) celebrates his goal against Florida Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen (30) with left wing Ondrej Palat (18) and left wing Ondrej Palat (18) in the second period at BB

Back of the Net – December 28th

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.

Hockey is back! I don’t know about you, but that felt like one of the longest breaks ever. Now, the Holidays are over, we are getting ready to usher in a new year, and best of all hockey is back.

Tonight, the Tampa Bay Lightning host Max Pacioretty and the Montreal Canadiens. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 p.m. While we wait for game time to come, let’s take a look at what else is going on around the National Hockey League.

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.

Practice Notebook: Bolts Return from Christmas Break (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Jiri Tlusty out 2-3 weeks (ESPN)

Rangers goalie controversy? (Blue Line Station)

Crunch hold on for 3-2 victory (Syracuse Crunch)

Sharp’s hat trick powers Blackhawks past Avalanche (NHL.com)

December: The Washington Capitals’ Turning Point? (Stars and Sticks)

Penguins F Dupuis could miss rest of season with knee injury (Fox Sports)

Steve Downie appears ready to return for Philadelphia Flyers (FanSided)

Bubble Watch for Team USA’s 2014 Winter Olympic Roster (Bleacher Report)

Canucks Goaltender Roberto Luongo Out At Least A Week With Groin Injury (The Canuck Way)

 

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