Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations



Happy Monday everyone. Here's what's happening....

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Today is December 20th, the 354th day of 2010. There are 11 days left in the year.

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Stars rally to deny Osgood his 400th win.

Disciplined Hawks top Kings, stay strong at home.

Capitals rally past Senators, snap eight game slide.

Avs edge Canadiens for sixth straight win.

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North Americans will be treated to a total lunar eclipse tonight (Monday night/Tuesday morning). Some info.

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Ice goalie DeSmith stops the Gamblers.

Bucs fall to Saints.

Saints enter break 1st overall.

Black Hawks fall at Cedar Rapids.

Fargo's Lane scores winning SO goal.

Lancers beat Stars on power play.

Phantoms lose fourth straight.

Owner's overview with Josh Mervis.

Lumberjacks win, head into break on positive note.

Phantoms fall to Muskegon.

Sunday's Boxscore:

Sioux City 2, Sioux Falls 1

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Research has found moms spend about 42 hours on preparing for Christmas -- with 20 hours and 13 minutes of that time spent fighting the shopping crowds.

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U.S. Junior Squad Drops 4-3 Shootout Decision to RPI

U.S. Continues Pre-Tournament Camp Prior to 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship

TROY, N.Y. - Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas/Univ. of Michigan) scored twice, but a U.S. squad of candidates for the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team fell to the Rensselaer men's ice hockey team, 4-3, in a shootout tonight at Houston Field House.

Tonight's game was the first of three pre-tournament games designed to prepare the U.S. National Junior Team for the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, which will take place Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y. Of the 29 players invited to the pre-tournament camp, 22 will be selected to the final U.S. roster.

"I don't know if I'd call it a crazy game, but it certainly was an interesting finish," said Keith Allain, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "We'll continue to evaluate our players as we get closer to the tournament."

Team USA took a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the first period. Brock Nelson (Minneapolis, Minn./Univ. of North Dakota) won an offensive-zone faceoff cleanly to Brown, who fired a shot high past the blocker of Rensselaer goalie Allen York.

Rensselaer took a 2-1 lead early in the second period, but Team USA responded to knot the score once again. Drew Shore (Denver, Colo./Univ. of Denver) slid a pass through the slot to Emerson Etem (Long Beach, Calif./Medicine Hat Tigers), who fired a quick shot over York's glove.

The U.S. regained its one-goal lead with less than 10 seconds remaining in the second period. On a three-on-two rush, Brown snapped a shot high to the far post for his second of the night.

But RPI answered late in the third period to tie the game and send it into overtime. After a scoreless extra frame, RPI needed 12 shootout rounds to defeat Team USA, as Jerry D'Amigo (Binghamton, N.Y./Toronto Marlies) failed to convert on the final shot.

Team USA will play its next pre-tournament game on Tuesday (Dec. 21) against the Czech Republic at The Sports Centre at MCC in Rochester, N.Y. The game, to be webcast live on FASTHockey.USAHockey.com, will start at 7 p.m. EST.

NOTES: Team USA finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while Rensselaer was 1-for-3 with the man advantage ... The U.S. will be defending its 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal, having defeated Canada, 6-5, in overtime, to claim the title last year in Saskatoon, Sask. For a full tournament schedule and ticket information, visit BuffaloWorldJuniors.com ... The final U.S. National Junior Team roster will be announced Wednesday (Dec. 22) at 9:10 a.m. EST exclusively on USA Hockey's Facebook page ... For additional information on Team USA's pre-tournament camp, including a media guide, videos and a blog, click here.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 1 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 3
RPI 0 - 2 - 1 - 0 - 1 - 4

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Brown (Nelson), 1:29. Penalties: RPI, Polacek (tripping), 9:44; RPI, Rogic (boarding), 17:19; USA, Brown (holding), 19:50.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, RPI, Lee (Cullen, O'Grady), 1:39 (pp); 3, RPI, Polacek (Rogic, Bailen), 6:37; 4, USA, Etem (Shore), 9:48; 5, USA, Brown (Nelson, Zucker); 19:53. Penalties: RPI, Bergin (roughing), 4:29; RPI, Bergin (elbowing), 11:58.

Third Period - Scoring: 6, RPI, Nolan (unassisted), 17:17. Penalties: USA, Brickley (charging), 12:00; USA, Brown (goalie interference), 18:57.
Overtime - Scoring: None. Penalties: None.

Shootout - USA, D'Amigo (no goal); RPI, Helfrich (no goal); USA, Bjugstad (no goal); RPI, Polacek (no goal); USA, Brown (no goal); RPI, Bailen (no goal); RPI, Polacek (no goal); USA, Nelson (no goal); RPI, Higgs (no goal); USA, Clendening (no goal); RPI, Lee (goal); USA, Zucker (goal); RPI, Polacek (no goal); USA, Zucker (no goal); RPI, Lee (goal); USA, Grimaldi (goal); RPI, Helfrich (no goal); USA, Grimaldi (no goal); RPI, Foss (goal); USA, Shore (goal); RPI, Bailen (goal); USA, Zucker (goal); RPI, O'Grady (goal); USA, D'Amigo (no goal).

Shots by Period 1 2 3 OT SO Total

USA 18 9 8 2 0 37
RPI 7 8 4 0 1 20

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 OT SO Total

USA, Campbell 31:58 7-7 7-5 -- -- -- 14-12
USA, Iles 33:02 -- 1-1 4-3 0-0 1-0 6-4
RPI, York 60:00 18-17 9-7 8-8 2-2 0-0 37-34

Power Play: USA 0-4; RPI 1-3
Penalties: USA 3-6; RPI 4-8

Officials: Kevin Graber, Rich Leonard
Linesmen: Glen Cooke, Ryan Knapp

Attendance: 2,767

2011 IIHF World Junior Championship
Team USA Schedule

Date Opponent Time* City Arena (Tickets Link)
Dec. 19 RPI# 4:00 p.m. Troy, N.Y. Houston Field House L3-4, SO
Dec. 21 Czech Republic# 7:00 p.m. Rochester, N.Y. The Sports Centre at MCC
Dec. 23 Norway# 7:30 p.m. Jamestown, N.Y. Savings Bank Arena
Dec. 26 Finland 8:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Dec. 28 Slovakia 8:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Dec. 30 Germany 7:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Dec. 31 Switzerland 8:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Jan. 2 Quarterfinals^ 7:30 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Jan. 3 Semifinals^ 7:30 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Jan. 5 Bronze-Medal Game^ 3:30 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Gold-Medal Game^ 7:30 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena

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Imagine you had enough money that it seemed like a really good idea to buy a toilet that plays music and is self-cleaning. Well stop imagining because it's a real thing. It takes MP3s via an SD card and cleans itself after every use.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors had a successful weekend, sweeping the Space Coast Hurricanes 6-3 and 4-1, to head into the Christmas Break on a winning note.

Tampa Bay grabbed a 2-0 lead Saturday on 1st period goals by Anthony Feldman and Paul Lochner and would lead 2-1 after one. After Space Coast tied the game in the second, the Juniors would get goals from Patrick Rodgers and Sonny MacCurrach and would lead 4-2 after 40 minutes. The Hurricanes would close to within one at 4-3 late in the third, before goals by Feldman and Dustin Disbro, who scored into an empty net, propelled Tampa Bay to a 6-3 win. Braxton Schulz backstopped the win with 29 saves.

On Sunday, Space Coast would score 6:14 into the game, and carry that 1-0 lead into the 14th minute of the second period. However, the Juniors would explode for an amazing 4 goals in 46 seconds, to take command of the game. Paul Lochner scored at 13:20, Daniel Clifford at 13:29 on the power play, Anthony Feldman at 13:54 and Patrick Rodgers at 14:06. Tampa Bay would ride the wave of that amazing minute, winning the game 4-1. Evan Weiss made 32 saves for the Juniors, who were 1-for-7 on the power play and 5-of-5 on the penalty kill.

Tampa Bay's MJHL team enters the Christmas Break with a record of 12-13-0-1 for 25 points, 4th place in the MJHL's Southern Division. The SEJHL Juniors, who had the weekend off from league play, are 6-14-0-0 for 12 points, 4th in the SEJHL. The MJHL Juniors resume play January 8th and 9th with a weekend set at the Palm Beach Hawks. The SEJHL Juniors start the post holiday break on January 8th and 9th, with a pair of games at the Palm Beach Hawks.





Tampa Bay Juniors celebrate weekend sweep of Space Coast Hurricanes.






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Today's birthdays: Singer/drummer Peter Criss (KISS) is 65; TV producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order) is 64; actor Michael Badalucco (The Practice) is 56; singer David Cook (season seven American Idol winner) is 28; actor Jonah Hill (The Invention of Lying, Superbad, Knocked Up) is 27.

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Ex-CFLer Proudfoot's battle with ALS nears end.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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Today is Games Day.

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Here's a couple of pictures Mommy took with her camera phone while I was out announcing hockey on the internet:



"I see da Hockey Guys!"











Jimmy waits for Daddy to start talking.






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The sci-fi sequel Tron: Legacy debuted at the top of the box office chart with $43.6 million in ticket sales. Yogi Bear debuted in second with $16.7 million. Little Fockers, True Grit and Gulliver's Travels open Wednesday.
 
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Here's the Week 15 NFL Schedule:

At San Diego Chargers 34, San Francisco Giants 7

Kansas City Chiefs 27 at St. Louis Rams 13

At Carolina Panthers 19 Arizona Cardinals 12

Philadelphia Eagles 38 at New York Giants 31

Detroit Lions 23 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20

At Cincinnati Bengals 19 Cleveland Browns 17

Buffalo Bills 17 at Miami Dolphins 14

At Dallas Cowboys 33, Washington Redskins 30

At Indianapolis Colts 34 Jacksonville Jaguars 24

At Baltimore Ravens 30 New Orleans Saints 24

At Tennessee Titans 31 Houston Texans 17

Atlanta Falcons 34 at Seattle Seahawks 18

New York Jets 22 at Pittsburgh Steelers 17

At Oakland Raiders 39 Denver Broncos 23

At New England Patriots 31 Green Bay Packers 27

Monday December 20 8:30 p.m. Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings

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A suspicious package was found in a Target parking lot in Oro Valley, Arizona, around lunch time Saturday. Once officers arrived on scene they found a box inside a shopping cart. Of course the bomb squad was called out. They sent a robot over to the box to investigate and found nothing inside. (What? They didn't blow it up anyway?)

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Today in Elvis History:

1955 - RCA re-released the Sun singles That's All Right"/"Blue Moon of Kentucky," "Good Rockin' Tonight"/"I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine," "Milkcow Blues Boogie"/"You're a Heartbreaker," and "Baby Let's Play House"/"I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone."

1957 - Elvis Presley picked up his draft notice in person.

1958 - Elvis Presley's "One Night" hit #4 in the U.S.

1979 - Elvis Presley's song "Santa Clause Is Back In Town" hit #41 in the U.K. The song was originally released in 1957.

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Reese Witherspoon's new romantic comedy with Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson was a total dud at the weekend box office. (The movie is so bad people automatically assume it also includes Vince Vaughn.)
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Today in Beatles History:

1976 - Wings' "Wings Over America" was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

1980 - John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over" hit #1 in the U.K.

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Today is International Human Solidarity Day.
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Today in Sports History:

1946 - Sugar Ray Robinson was crowned welterweight champion at Madison Square Garden.

1962 - A world indoor pole-vault record was set by Don Meyers when he cleared 16 feet, 11/4 inches.

1966 - The NBA granted a franchise to Seattle.

1973 - Henri Richard (Montreal Canadiens) scored his 1,000th point.

1983 - Guy Lafleur (Montreal Canadiens) became the 10th NHL player to score 500 goals.

1985 - Denis Potvin became the highest defenseman scorer when he got his 916th point.

1991 - The NHL granted permanent membership to the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Ottawa Senators.

1993 - It was announced that NBC would retain the rights to the National Football League's (NFL) AFC package.

1994 - Ivan Lendl retired after a 17-year tennis career.

1998 - Brett Farve (Green Bay Packers) became the first NFL player to throw at least 30 touchdown passes for five seasons.

2008 - The Dallas Cowboys played their final game in Texas Stadium before moving to their new stadium in Arlington, TX.

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Today is the 150th anniversary of the secession of South Carolina from the United States. Within six weeks, five more Southern states seceded. In February 1861, the Confederate States of America was created.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:30pm EST

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders 7:00pm EST

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nothin' Doin'

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Seattle Seahawks 4:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Atlanta Thrashers 7:00pm EST

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That's it for today. Have a great Monday, see you tomorrow.

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