Friday, December 31, 2010

This is it for 2010



It's Friday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is December 31st, the 365th day of 2010. There are 0 days left in the year.

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Jackets pluck Leafs.

Thrashers snap slide, beat Bruins in shootout.

Stamkos powers Lightning past Habs.

Niemi leads Sharks to win at Chicago.

Avs blow lead but beat Oilers in shootout.

Philly crowns L.A.

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Watching football on TV today and the question pops into my head: Should Mike Belotti re-grow his porn star mustache and just fade away? He does as poor a job as anyone these days.

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Clifford commits to Niagara.

Gamblers beat Stars at BCA.

Mullin OT goal lifts Fargo over Dubuque..

Phantoms surrender lead, lose to Bucs.

Black Hawks fall to Cedar Rapids.

Disastrous second period hurts Phantoms.

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I'm hungry. Got any left-over turkey, or perhaps some cheese squares?

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U.S. National Junior Team Tops Slovakia, 6-1, at the IIHF World Junior Championship

Palmieri Scores Twice as U.S. Improves to 1-1-0-0

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J./Syracuse Crunch) scored two first-period goals and added an assist, as the U.S. National Junior Team topped Slovakia, 6-1, in its second preliminary-round game of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. Team USA improved to 1-1-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and currently sits in first place in Group A.

"I was happy with our power play tonight getting three goals," said Keith Allain, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "We hope to continue to improve as the tournament goes on so that we're at our best at the end."

Team USA jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College) chipped the puck through the neutral zone to spring Charlie Coyle (East Weymouth, Mass./Boston Univ.) on a two-on-one rush. Coyle fed Palmieri in the crease for a tip-in goal.

Three minutes later, Palmieri notched his second of the night with Team USA on the power play. After a long shot by Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich./Univ. of Michigan) flew wide, Palmieri collected the rebound off of the boards and fired a shot from a sharp angle past Slovakia goalie Dominik Riecicky.

The U.S. used a pair of second-period power-play goals by Coyle and Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas/Univ. of Michigan) to increase its lead to 4-0 midway through the frame. Following a Slovakia goal at 12:26 of the second, Drew Shore (Denver, Colo./Univ. of Denver) restored Team USA's four-goal advantage when he gloved down a loose puck at his own blue line, skated by two Slovakia defensemen and lifted a backhand shot past Riecicky.

Emerson Etem (Long Beach, Calif./Medicine Hat Tigers) gave the U.S. a 6-1 lead heading into the final period with a wrist shot that slipped out of Riecicky's glove, chasing the Slovakian goaltender.

U.S. goalie Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich./Windsor Spitfires) shut the door in the third period, stopping seven shots in the frame and finishing the night with 17 saves. Meanwhile, Slovakia goalies Riecicky and Juraj Holly combined for 51 saves in a losing effort.

Team USA will play its third preliminary-round game of the IIHF World Junior Championship on Thursday (Dec. 30) against Germany. The game, to be televised on NHL Network U.S. and streamed live on USAHockey.FASTHockey.com, will start at 7:00 p.m. EST.

NOTES: Kyle Palmieri was named Team USA's player of the game ... Team USA finished 3-for-7 on the power play, while Slovakia was 0-for-2 with the man advantage ... In earlier action, Finland shut out Switzerland, 4-0; Canada topped the Czech Republic, 7-2; and Sweden defeated Russia, 2-0. For a full tournament schedule and ticket information, visit BuffaloWorldJuniors.com ... Additional information on Team USA, including a team blog, stats and a media guide, can be found at USAHockey.com.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

SVK 0 - 1 - 0 - 1
USA 2 - 4 - 0 - 6

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Palmieri (Coyle, Kreider), 4:31; 2, USA, Palmieri (Merrill, Coyle), 8:02 (pp). Penalties: SVK, Hrasko (contact to the head, match penalty), 6:42; SVK, Janosik (holding), 18:05.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Coyle (Palmieri, Faulk), 3:56 (pp); 4, USA, Brown (Dumoulin, Leddy), 11:47 (pp); 5, SVK, Jurco (Majdan), 12:26; 6, USA, Shore (unassisted), 13:32; 7, USA, Etem (Bjugstad, Bourque), 16:57. Penalties: SVK, Kudrna (delaying-the-game), 3:09; SVK, Trska (hooking), 7:14; SVK, Jokel (hooking), 10:52.

Third Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: SVK, Simcak (contact to the head, match penalty), 12:09; USA, Ramage (cross-checking), 18:04; USA, D'Amigo (slashing), 18:41.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
SVK 1 10 7 18
USA 22 21 14 57

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
SVK, Riecicky 36:57 22-20 18-14 -- 40-34
SVK, Holly 23:03 -- 3-3 14-14 17-17
USA, Campbell 60:00 1-1 10-9 7-7 18-17

Power Play: SVK 0-2; USA 3-7
Penalties: SVK 8-58; USA 2-4
Referees: Martin Frano (CZE), Jari Levonen (FIN)
Linesmen: Christian Kaspar (AUT), Daniel Winge (SWE)
Attendance: 12,750

U.S. National Under-17 Team Blanks Team West, 4-0, in Exhibition Game of 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Vatrano Scores Goal and Adds Assist; Rutledge and Olson Stop 18

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. - Frankie Vatrano (East Longmeadow, Mass.) had a two point night and goaltenders Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) and Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) combined efforts for the shutout as the U.S. National Under-17 Team blanked Canada's Team West, 4-0, here tonight at the PCU Centre, in its exhibition game preceding the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

"We accomplished what we set out to do tonight," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "The team got its legs going and we got back into game mode after a short break off."

The opening frame saw the U.S. outshoot Team West, 10-4, but no pucks found their way to the back of either net and the first period ended in a 0-0 tie.

Team USA continued to pepper the opposing goaltenders with shots in the second stanza and cashed in on the powerplay at 14:29 when Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.) lit the lamp. Carrick received a quick pass from Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) low in the slot and wristed a high shot past Team West goaltender Andy Desautels for the score.

Kyle Osterberg (Lakeville, Minn.) netted a goal just 31 seconds into the third period to put Team USA up, 2-0. From behind the net, Osterberg wrapped the puck around the post and snuck it past Desautels and his outstreched right pad. Miles Koules (Los Angeles, Calif.) added to the U.S. lead when he knocked the puck in the net after a Vatrano ricochet shot off the boards found his stick.

A quick shot by Vatrano from just inside the blue line found daylight and his goal at 12:51 in the final frame sealed the Team USA victory over Team West, 4-0. Dakota Mermis (Alton, Ill.) collected an assist on the play.

Rutledge and Olson combined to make 18 saves in the win, while Chris Dreidger and Desautels stopped 38 shots in the loss for Team West.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team will next face Finland tomorrow (Dec. 29) at 3 p.m. CT in Team USA's first round-robin game of the World Under-17 Challenge. The game will be held at the MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg.

NOTES: All games during the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be available via live webcast at FASTHockey.com ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #NTDPU17 ... The U.S. is the defending champion at the tournament, having captured the 2010 title in Timmins, Ontario ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team is part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, along with the U.S. National Under-18 Team ... Find USA Hockey on Facebook at Facebook.com/USAHockey and Twitter at Twitter.com/USAHockey.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 0 - 1 - 3 - 4
WST 0 - 0 - 0 - 0

First Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Samuelsson (elbowing), 2:15; WST, Gaudet (hooking), 8:31; WST, Harms (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:40.

Second Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Carrick (Kerdiles), 14:29, (pp). Penalties: WST, Stovin (tripping), 12:37.

Third Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Osterberg (unassisted), 0:31; 3, USA, Koules (Vatrano), 4:28; 4, USA, Vatrano (Mermis), 12:51. Penalties: WST, Stephenson (tripping), 5:25; WST, Severson (high-sticking), 9:36; USA, Hartman (hooking), 14:56.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 10 19 13 42
WST 4 6 8 18

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Rutledge, 29:41 4/4 5/5 0/0 9/9
USA, Olson, 30:19 0/0 1/1 8/8 9/9
WST, Dreidger, 29:41 10/10 11/11 0/0 21/21
WST, Desautels, 30:19 0/0 8/7 13/10 21/17

Power Play: USA 1-5; WST 0-2
Penalties: USA 2-4; WST 5-10

Team USA 2011 World Under-17 Challenge Schedule
Dec. 28, 2010 - Jan. 4, 2011 • Winnipeg / Portage la Prairie, Man.

Date Event Location Time (CT)/Result

Tues., Dec. 28 USA vs. Canada West (exh.) PCU Centre W, 4-0
Wed., Dec. 29 USA vs. Finland MTS Iceplex 3:00 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 30 USA vs. Germany PCU Centre 3:00 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 1 USA vs. Canada Atlantic MTS Iceplex 3:00 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 2 USA vs. Canada Quebec MTS Iceplex 3:00 p.m.

U.S. National Under-17 Team Topples Finland, 5-2, in Opening Game of 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Samuelsson Nets Two Goals; Carrick, Lane and Trouba Have Two Point Games

WINNIPEG, Man. - Henrik Samuelsson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) netted two goals and Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.), Matthew Lane (Rochester, N.Y.) and Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) each added two point games as the U.S. National Under-17 Team toppled Finland, 5-2, here this evening at the MTS Iceplex, in its opening game of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

"We came out of the gates doing the things we wanted to do well," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "The good start gave us confidence and it showed as all four lines put pressure on the opposition all game long."

Team USA played strong early in the game, outshooting Finland 15-6 in the first period and clanging the puck off the pipe twice. The goal scoring floodgates opened when Samuelsson deked Finland goaltender Oskari Setanen out of position and deposited the puck into the net for the score. Carrick assisted on the play.

Carrick added to the U.S. lead on a highlight reel goal at 13:02 of the opening frame. Crashing the net with two Finnish defenders draped all over him, Carrick carried the puck to the front of the net, dragged it along the goal crease and snapped a shot past an oustretched Setanen. Cameron Darcy (South Boston, Mass.) and Thomas Di Pauli (Woodridge, Ill.) earned assists on the goal. Lane joined in on the scoring parade and notched a goal just under one minute later, putting the U.S. up 3-0 heading into the first break. Trouba registered an assist on the score.

The U.S. continued to put the pressure on Finland and capitalized when Samuelsson made another pretty move and put the puck between the pads of Setanen for the score. Trouba collected his second assist of the game on the goal. Team USA jammed home another score, when Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) snuck the puck under Setanen to put the U.S. up 5-0. Lane and Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass.) recorded assists on the play. Finland would answer shortly after, but the U.S. maintained a 5-1 lead after two periods of play.

Finland would add another goal late in the third period to inch closer to Team USA, but the U.S. lead proved to be insurmountable as it won 5-2.

Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) made 15 saves for Team USA in the victory, while Setanen stopped 46 shots for Finland in the loss.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team will continue round-robin action against Germany tomorrow (Dec. 30) at 3 p.m. CT. The game will be held at the PCU Centre in Portage la Prairie, Man.

NOTES: All games during the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be available via live webcast at FASTHockey.com ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #NTDPU17 ... The U.S. is the defending champion at the tournament, having captured the 2010 title in Timmins, Ontario ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team is part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, along with the U.S. National Under-18 Team ... Find USA Hockey on Facebook at Facebook.com/USAHockey and Twitter at Twitter.com/USAHockey.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 3 - 2 - 0 - 5
FIN 0 - 1 - 1 - 2

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Samuelsson (Carrick), 9:20; 2, USA, Carrick (Darcy, Di Pauli), 13:02; 3, USA, Lane (Trouba), 14:01. Penalties: FIN, Kojo (roughing), 18:51.

Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Samuelsson (Koules, Trouba), 1:11; 5, USA, Kerdiles (Lane, Grzelcyk), 8:28; 6, FIN, Nattinen (Hautamaki, Kuronen), 8:44. Penalties: FIN, Vainonen (hooking), 5:37; USA, Samuelsson (slashing), 10:21; FIN, Kojo (delay-of-game), 14:02; USA, Trouba (hooking), 18:37.

Third Period - Scoring: 7, FIN, Ikonen (Teravainen, Markkula), 19:07. Penalties: FIN, Vainonen (tripping), 7:34; USA, Samuelsson (interference), 7:42; FIN, Kulmala (holding), 12:10; USA, Shore (hooking), 15:05; FIN, Bench (too-many-men), 16:40.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 15 18 18 51
FIN 6 5 6 17

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Rutledge, 60:00 6/6 5/4 6/5 17/15
FIN, Setanen, 60:00 15/12 18/16 18/18 51/46

Power Play: USA 0-6; FIN 0-4
Penalties: USA 4-8; FIN 6-12

Team USA 2011 World Under-17 Challenge Schedule
Dec. 28, 2010 - Jan. 4, 2011 • Winnipeg / Portage la Prairie, Man.

Date Event Location Time (CT)/Result

Tues., Dec. 28 USA vs. Canada West (exh.) PCU Centre W, 4-0
Wed., Dec. 29 USA vs. Finland MTS Iceplex W, 5-2
Thurs., Dec. 30 USA vs. Germany PCU Centre 3:00 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 1 USA vs. Canada Atlantic MTS Iceplex 3:00 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 2 USA vs. Canada Quebec MTS Iceplex 3:00 p.m.

U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Downs Sweden, 6-2, in Pre-Tournament Game

Team USA to Open 2011 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship Play on Jan. 1

STOCKHOLM - Paced by a four-point effort from Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.), the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team posted a 6-2 victory over Sweden in a game prior to the start of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship here tonight at Stora Mossen Arena. Team USA begins tournament play on Saturday (Jan. 1) against the Czech Republic.

Skarupa opened the scoring at 9:34 of the first frame when she took a feed from Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) and put it over Swedish netminder Elin Moberg's glove just after a U.S. power play had expired. The Americans extended their lead to 2-0 when Lee Stecklein's (Roseville, Minn.) point shot hit the back of the net at 18:30.

Sweden scored the lone goal of the second period to cut the U.S. lead to 2-1. Felicia Karlsson skated across the goalmouth and put a backhanded shot in the open right side of the net at 7:06.

After the Swedes tied the game at 2:16 of the third period, Team USA tallied four unanswered goals to account for the 6-2 final score. Skarupa netted her second of the game at 4:49 off Carpenter's rebound and Karley Sylvester (Warroad, Minn.) made it 4-2 at 11:18. Amanda Pelkey (Montpelier, Vt.) put the puck through Moberg's legs at 14:08 and Carpenter closed out the scoring at 16:46 with a hard shot from the slot.

Megan Miller (Long Grove, Ill.) and Shenae Lundberg (Peterborough, N.H.) combined for 11 saves in net for the U.S., while Moberg stopped 59 of Team USA's 65 shots in the losing effort.

NOTES: The U.S. outshot Sweden by a 65-13 count ... The U.S. was 0-for-5 on the power play, while Sweden was 0-for-2 ... The U.S. roster can be found here ... The eight-nation tournament, being played for the fourth time, includes Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009), followed by a silver medal in 2010 ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the 2011 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship. Scores will be designated with #U18wwc ... Follow the U.S. Women's National Program blog here ... Find USA Hockey on Facebook at Facebook.com/USAHockey and Twitter at Twitter.com/USAHockey.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 2 0 4 -- 6
SWE 0 1 1 -- 2

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Skarupa (Carpenter, McMillen), 9:34; 2, USA, Stecklein (Skarupa), 18:30. Penalties: SWE, Karlsson (holding), 7:31; SWE, Lowenhielm (holding the stick), 10:26.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, SWE, Karlsson (unassisted), 7:06. Penalties: USA, Trivigno (cross checking), 10:51; SWE, Holmgren (holding), 14:02; USA, Trivigno (hooking), 17:13; SWE, Hedin (roughing), 19:53.

Third Period - Scoring: 4, SWE, E.Johansson (Lowenhielm, Daniels), 2:16; 5, USA, Skarupa (Carpenter, Savage), 4:49; 6, USA, Sylvester (Burke), 11:18; 7, USA, Pelkey (Pfalzer), 14:08; 8, Carpenter (Skarupa), 16:46. Penalties: SWE, Karlsson (hooking), 8:54.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 20 19 26 65
SWE 2 7 4 13

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Miller, 30:51 2-2 2-1 x-x 4-3
USA, Lundberg, 29:09 x-x 5-5 4-3 9-8
SWE, Moberg, 60:00 20-18 19-19 26-22 65-59

U.S. National Under-17 Team Upends Germany, 4-1, in World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Action

Samuelsson Nets Hat Trick in Team USA

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. - Henrik Samuelsson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) scored three goals as the U.S. National Under-17 Team upended Germany, 4-1, here this evening at the PCU Centre in World Under-17 Hockey Challenge action.

"We knew the Germans would come out playing hard," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "We just kept shooting and kept the pressure on their defense and it paid off."

The U.S. jumped to an early lead when Samuelsson netted the first goal of the game. Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.) fed the puck up ice to Frankie Vatrano (East Longmeadow, Mass.) who crossed the blue line into the attacking zone. In a set play, Vatrano ripped a shot off the boards behind the net and the intentional carom found an open Samuelsson who ripped the puck over the shoulder of German goaltender Marvin Cupper.

Germany responded at 2:22 in the opening frame to knot the game at one goal each. Team USA grabbed the lead back on Samuelsson's second goal of the contest. Vatrano sent a pass from behind the net to Samuelsson, who lifted the puck top shelf for the score. The U.S. held a 2-1 lead after one period of play.

Team USA capitalized on the powerplay at 4:05 of the second period when Samuelsson netted his third goal of the game to give the U.S. a 3-1 edge. Off the faceoff win, Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestowon, Mass.) slid the puck over to Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) who then blasted a booming slapshot on net. Samuelsson redirected the puck home for the score.

Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) made several key stops for the U.S. to hold Germany off the board in the middle frame. Moments after a series of pad saves by Olson, the same combination of Grzelcyk and Trouba, after another faceoff win, found Miles Koules (Los Angeles, Calif.) for the fourth U.S. goal. Team USA led Germany 4-1 heading into the second intermission.

The U.S. clamped down defensively in the final stanza, allowing Germany only five shots on goal. Team USA did not allow a goal on any of the five chances and defeated Germany, 4-1. The win gives the U.S. six points in the tournament standings; three points are awarded for regulation wins.

Olson made 21 saves for Team USA in the win, while Cupper stopped 42 shots for Germany in the loss.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team enjoys an off day tomorrow (Dec. 31) before continuing round-robin play when they face Canada's Team Atlantic on New Year's Day (Jan. 1). Puck drop is set for 3 p.m. CT at the MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg, Man.

NOTES: All games during the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be available via live webcast at FASTHockey.com ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #NTDPU17 ... The U.S. is the defending champion at the tournament, having captured the 2010 title in Timmins, Ontario ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team is part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, along with the U.S. National Under-18 Team ... Find USA Hockey on Facebook at Facebook.com/USAHockey and Twitter at Twitter.com/USAHockey.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 2 - 2 - 0 - 4
GER 1 - 0 - 0 - 1

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Samuelsson (Vatrano, Carrick), 0:35; 2, GER, Palausch (Tiffels, Kurth), 2:22, (pp); 3, USA, Samuelsson (Vatrano), 4:06. Penalties: USA, Trouba (slashing), 2:09; USA, Vatrano (tripping), 7:36; GER, Herpich (hooking), 12:57.

Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Samuelsson (Trouba, Grzelcyk), 4:05, (pp); 5, USA, Koules (Trouba, Grzelcyk), 18:00, (pp). Penalties: USA, Olsson (roughing), 0:41; GER, Steenssens (roughing), 0:41; USA, Di Pauli (holding), 2:09; GER, Palausch (holding), 2:35; GER, Herpich (slashing), 3:04; USA, Olsson (roughing), 5:47; GER, Eberhardt (high-sticking), 5:47; GER, Wiederer (hooking), 9:05; USA, Mermis (holding), 11:36; GER, Bench (too-many-men), 16:50; USA, Grzelcyk (holding), 18:57.

Third Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Trouba (slashing), 1:54; GER, Schlenker (elbowing), 8:51; USA, Vatrano (slashing), 13:06; GER, Moser (holding), 17:49; GER, Palausch (boarding), 19:04.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 18 13 15 46
GER 7 10 5 22

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Olson, 60:00 7/6 10/10 5/5 22/21
GER, Cupper, 60:00 18/16 13/11 15/15 46/42

Power Play: USA 2-8; GER 1-6
Penalties: USA 8-16; GER 10-20

Team USA 2011 World Under-17 Challenge Schedule
Dec. 28, 2010 - Jan. 4, 2011 • Winnipeg / Portage la Prairie, Man.

Date Event Location Time (CT)/Result

Tues., Dec. 28 USA vs. Canada West (exh.) PCU Centre W, 4-0
Wed., Dec. 29 USA vs. Finland MTS Iceplex W, 5-2
Thurs., Dec. 30 USA vs. Germany PCU Centre W, 4-1
Sat., Jan. 1 USA vs. Canada Atlantic MTS Iceplex 3:00 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 2 USA vs. Canada Quebec MTS Iceplex 3:00 p.m.

Power Play: USA 0-5; SWE 0-2
Penalties: USA 2-4; SWE 5-10
Officials: Referee-Malin Axelsson; Linesmen-Johan Nordlof, Rickard Wegersjo

Team USA 2011 IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship Schedule
Jan. 1-8 • Stockholm, Sweden

Date Opponent Location Time (Local/EST)

Thurs., Dec. 30 Sweden* Stora Mossen W, 6-2
Sat., Jan. 1 Czech Republic Stora Mossen 6:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 2 Japan Stora Mossen 4 p.m./10 a.m.
Tues., Jan. 4 Sweden Stora Mossen 7:30 p.m./1:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 5 Quarterfinals Stora Mossen TBD
Fri., Jan. 7 Semifinals Stora Mossen TBD
Sat.. Jan. 8 Bronze-Medal Game Stora Mossen 3:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game Stora Mossen 7 p.m./1 p.m.
*Pre-Tournament

U.S. National Junior Team Earns 4-0 Win over Germany at the IIHF World Junior Championship

Team USA Secures Spot in Medal Round; Play Switzerland Tomorrow

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. goalies Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich./Windsor Spitfires) and Andy Iles (Ithaca, N.Y./Cornell Univ.) combined for a shutout, as the U.S. National Junior Team earned a 4-0 win over Germany here tonight in its third preliminary-round game of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

Team USA improved to 2-1-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and guaranteed itself a spot in the medal round.

"I thought our defense played excellent tonight," said Keith Allain, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "I'm happy with our team game as we move forward, and see us coming together as a unit."

Team USA took a 1-0 lead 13 minutes into the game on the power play. After Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich./Univ. of Michigan) held the puck in Germany's zone along the far boards, Charlie Coyle (East Weymouth, Mass./Boston Univ.) skated to the slot and snapped a wrist shot past the glove of Germany goalie Niklas Treutle.

Less than one minute later, the U.S. extended its lead to 2-0 when Jerry D'Amigo (Binghamton, N.Y./Toronto Marlies) gloved down a German clearing attempt and fired a wrist shot for a short-side goal.

Merrill extended the U.S. advantage to 3-0 eight minutes into the second period with a seeing-eye shot from the blue line. Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College) closed out the scoring five minutes later when he powered a shot home from the slot for Team USA's second power-play goal of the night.

After stopping all 14 shots faced in just over 50 minutes of action, Campbell was replaced by Iles midway through the final period.

Team USA will play its final preliminary-round game of the IIHF World Junior Championship tomorrow (Dec. 31) against Switzerland. Should the U.S. win, it would advance to the semifinal round as Group A's top seed. The game, to be televised on NHL Network U.S. and streamed live on USAHockey.FASTHockey.com, will start at 8:08 p.m. EST.

NOTES: Charlie Coyle was named Team USA's player of the game ... Team USA finished 2-for-5 on the power play, while Germany was 0-for-2 with the man advantage ... In other action, Sweden topped the Czech Republic, 6-3; Switzerland defeated Slovakia, 6-4; and Russia earned an 8-2 win over Norway. For a full tournament schedule and ticket information, visit BuffaloWorldJuniors.com ... Additional information on Team USA, including a team blog, stats and a media guide, can be found at USAHockey.com.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 2 - 2 - 0 - 4
GER 0 - 0 - 0 - 0

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Coyle (Merrill), 12:37 (pp); 2, USA, D'Amigo (unassisted), 13:25. Penalties: USA, Morin (tripping), 2:22; GER, Kuhnhackl (roughing), 6:02; GER, Hufner (holding), 12:04; GER, Ohmann (hooking), 15:24.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Merrill (Bjugstad, Bourque), 7:54; 4, USA, Kreider (Palmieri, Coyle), 13:10 (pp). Penalties: GER, Keil (cross-checking), 12:59; GER, Mochel (slashing), 15:02.

Third Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Brown (roughing), 2:26; GER, Woidtke (roughing), 2:26; USA, Bourque (tripping), 16:26.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 23 15 10 48
GER 2 10 2 14

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Campbell 50:27 2-2 10-10 2-2 14-14
USA, Iles 9:33 -- -- 0-0 0-0
GER, Treutle 60:00 23-21 15-13 10-10 48-44

Power Play: USA 2-5; GER 0-2
Penalties: USA 3-6; GER 6-12
Referees: Antti Boman (FIN), Daniel Konc (SVK)
Linesmen: Jesse Wilmot (CAN), Daniel Winge (SWE)
Attendance: 15,276

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. L2-3, SO
Dec. 23 Norway# 7:30 p.m. Jamestown, N.Y. W6-1
Dec. 26 Finland 8:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. W3-2
Dec. 28 Slovakia 8:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. W6-1
Dec. 30 Germany 7:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. W4-0
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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Proudfoot loses battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease.

CFL mourns the loss of Tony Proudfoot.

Moffat: Memories of a hero: Tony Proudfoot.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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If you follow minor league hockey at all, you're aware of the mess known as the All American Hockey League. They lost one team before the season started, another one a couple of weeks ago and signs are now pointing to two more team going under. I got caught up in that mess for a short time and I honestly can't say I'm sorry for the problems they're having. It put my family in a hole that we're now just climbing out of. Let me know where they bury the carcass of that league. That's one grave I'll gladly dance on.

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Jimmy and Daddy play hockey.








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I received my first senior discount a couple of Sunday's ago. I'm not sure how to feel about it: Happy I saved some money, or sad because I'm now officially old.

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Here's the Week 17 NFL schedule:

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. New York Giants at Washington Redskins

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday January 2 8:20 p.m. St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks

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Today is Make Up Your Mind Day.

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Today in Elvis History:

1955 - Elvis Presley's single "I Forgot To Remember" hit #1 on the U.S. Country chart.

1960 - The album "Elvis' Christmas Album" re-charted at #33 in the U.S.

1966 - Elvis Presley's song "If Every Day Was Christmas" hit #9 in the U.K.

1968 - In the U.K., the TV special "Elvis" aired on BBC2-TV.

1975 - Elvis Presley grossed $816,000 for a single performance in Pontiac, MI.

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This is No Interruptions Day.

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Today in Beatles History:

1970 - Paul McCartney filed a suit to dissolve the Beatles.

1971 - The Beatles broke up.

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This has been a really good day. Slept in, ran a couple of errands, watched some TV and also watched a lot of Jimmy. A well rounded day, for sure!

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Today in Sports History:

1967 - The Green Bay Packers won the National Football League championship game by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 21-17. The game is known as the Ice Bowl since it was played with a wind chill of 40 degrees below zero.

1971 - The NHL announced that it had awarded a franchise to the New York Islanders.

1972 - Roberto Clemente (Pittsburgh Pirates) was killed in a plane crash near Puerto Rico while flying relief supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake victims.

1984 - ESPN debuted in Hawaii, making it available in all 50 states.

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The State of Alabama enacted the first dental legislation in the U.S. on this date in 1841.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 1:00pm EST (Final game of regular season)

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That's it for today. See you next year.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

It's Thursday



It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is December 30th, the 364th day of 2010. There is 1 day left in the year.

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Rangers beat Devils

Isles end Crosby's streak, beat Pens in OT.

Hurricanes blank Senators.

Wild beat Sharks.

Eaves' hat trick helps Wings past Stars.

Coyotes turn things around against Kings.

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On this date in 1853, the United States bought about 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.

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USHL alumni in World Juniors.

Petry makes NHL debut.

Phantoms drop fifth straight.

Stampede add defense.

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On this date in 1911, Sun Yat-sen was elected the first president of the Republic of China.

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First Hec Crighton winner remembers CFL days.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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On this date in 1924, Edwin Hubble announced the existence of other galactic systems

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Lookout....Toddler at play!

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The first subway in the Orient was dedicated in Tokyo, Japan on this date in 1927.

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Here's the Week 17 NFL schedule:

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. New York Giants at Washington Redskins

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday January 2 8:20 p.m. St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks

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On this date in 1940, California's first freeway was officially opened. It was the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena.

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - The album "Elvis' Christmas Album" hit #1 in the U.S.

1970 - Elvis Presley was given a tour at the FBI's headquarters in Washington, DC.

1970 - "Elvis' Golder Records, Vol. 1" hit #21 in the U.K.

1970 - The Elvis Presley album "Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits Vol. 1" hit #49 in the U.K.

1971 - Elvis Presley announced that Priscilla was leaving him.

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"Mr. and Mrs. North" debuted on NBC radio on this date in 1942.

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Today in Beatles History:

1970 - Paul McCartney sued the other three Beatles to dissolve the partnership and gain control of his interest.

1999 - George Harrison and his wife were attacked in their home during a robbery. Though, Harrison was stabbed in the chest four times, he and his wife were able to subdue the assailant until police arrived.

2001 - It was announced that the glasses of a John Lennon statue had been stolen in Havana, Cuba. The theft had actually occurred on December 21, 2000.

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"Kiss Me Kate" opened at the New Century Theatre in New York City on this date in 1948. Cole Porter composed the music for the classic play that ran for 1,077 performances.

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Today in Sports History:

1926 - The Chicago Tribune broke a story that the Detroit Tigers threw a 4-game series to the Chicago White Sox in 1917.

1934 - Two NHL games ended in a scoreless tie. The games were Boston at the New York Rangers and the New York Americans at Detroit.

1954 - The 24-second shot clock was used for the first time in professional basketball.

1961 - Jack Nicklaus lost his first attempt at pro golf to Gary Player in an exhibition match in Miami, FL.

1978 - Ohio State University fired Woody Hayes as its football coach, one day after Hayes punched Clemson University player Charlie Bauman during the Gator Bowl. Bauman had intercepted an Ohio State pass.

1983 - Julius "Dr. J" Erving (Philadelphia 76ers) became the 9th basketball player to reach 25,000 points.

1996 - Brett Farve (Green Bay Packers) became only the second player to win consecutive NFL MVP Awards.

1997 - Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) scored more than 10 points in 788 consecutive games.

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On this date in 1980, "The Wonderful World of Disney" was cancelled by NBC after more than 25 years on the TV. It was the longest-running series in prime-time television history.


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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning  7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 1:00pm EST (Final game of regular season)

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That's it for today. See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It's Wednesday



It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is December 29th, the 363rd day of 2010. There are 2 days left in the year.

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Hurricanes sweep past Leafs.

Crosby shines again as Pens top Thrashers.

Caps head to Winter Classic with win over Habs.

Bruins edge Lightning.

Blues beat Hawks.

Dallas over Nashville.

Miller gets 200th win as Sabres beat Oilers.

Ducks wrap up road trip with win over Coyotes.

Kesler gets pair as Canucks rout Flyers.

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On this date in 1812, the USS Constitution won a battle with the British ship HMS Java about 30 miles off the coast of Brazil. Before Commodore William Bainbridge ordered the sinking of the Java he had her wheel removed to replace the one the Constitution had lost during the battle.


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One lucky fan could win $50,000 at Stamps game Friday.

Saints majoring in good chemistry.

Ice add energy up front in deal with Tri-City.

International flare of the USHL.

Black Hawks weekly.

Hawks swing deal with Stamps.

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On this date in 1813, the British burned Buffalo, New York, during the War of 1812.

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Moffat: Time for somew New Year's resolutions.

Ti-Cats examine potential stadium sites in Burlington.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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On this date in 1845, U.S. President James Polk signed legislation making Texas the 28th state of the United States.


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I love unwrapping presents!






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U.S. President James Polk turned on the first gas light at the White House on this date in 1848.

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Here's the Week 16 NFL schedule:

At Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Carolina Panthers 3

At Arizona Cardinals 27 Dallas Cowboys 26

At Kansas City Chiefs 34 Tennessee Titans 14

Baltimore Ravens 20 at Cleveland Browns 10

New England Patriots 34 at Buffalo Bills 3

At St Louis Rams 25 San Francisco 49ers 17

Detroit Lions 34 at Miami Dolphins 27

Washington Redskins 20 at Jacksonville Jaguars 17

At Chicago Bears 38, New York Jets 34

At Denver Broncos 24 Houston Texans 23

Indianapolis Colts 31 at Oakland Raiders 26

At Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38 Seattle Seahawks 15

At Green Bay Packers 45 New York Giants 17

At Cincinnati Bengals 34 San Diego Chargers 20

New Orleans Saints 17 at Atlanta Falcons 14

Minnesota Vikings 24 at Philadelphia Eagles 14

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On this date in 1888, the first Performance of Macbeth took place at the Lyceum Theatre.


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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis Presley's single "Old Shep" hit #47 in the U.S.

1956 - Elvis Presley's single "Love Me Tender" hit #22 in the U.K.

1962 - The album "Elvis' Christmas Album" re-charted at #59 in the U.S.
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On this date in 1890, the U.S. Seventh Cavalry massacred over 400 men, women and children at Wounded Knee Creek, SD. This was the last major conflict between Indians and U.S. troops.

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Today in Beatles History:

1979 - Wings played on the last night of the "Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea."

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"The Unwelcome Throne" was released by Selig’s Polyscope Company on this date in 1913. This was a moving picture and the first serial motion picture.

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Today in Sports History:

1934 - The first regular-season, college basketball game was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. New York University defeated Notre Dame 25-18.

1937 - Babe Ruth returned to baseball as the new manager of the Class D, De Land Reds of the Florida State League. Ruth had retired from baseball in 1935.

1961 - Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) scored 60 points against the Los Angeles Lakers.

1965 - CBS acquired the rights to the NFL regular-season games in 1966 and 1967, with an option for 1968, for $18.8 million per year.

1984 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) scored his 100th point in the 35th game of the season


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KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut became the first ultrahigh frequency (UHF) television station to begin operating on a regular daily schedule on this date in 1949.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning  7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 1:00pm EST (Final game of regular season)

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That's it for today. See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

It's Tuesday



It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is December 28th, the 362nd day of 2010. There are 3 days left in the year.

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Rangers pummel Islanders.

Nash sets assist record in Jackets' win over Wild.

Wheeler's shootout goal leads B's past Panthers.

Osgood notches 400th NHL win as Wings beat Avs.

Jokinen leads Flames past Sabres.

Four goal third leads Kings past Sharks.

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Westminster Abbey was consecrated under Edward the Confessor on this date in 1065.

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USHL Alumni voices: Connor Brickley.

USHL Player voices: NHL showing Biggs love.

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"The Pennsylvania Gazette," owned by Benjamin Franklin, ran an ad for the first issue of "Poor Richard’s Almanack" on this date in 1732.

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Former Stamp all-star Tom Forzani looks back.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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On this date in 1832, John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down over differences with President Jackson.

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Jimmy loves his Grampa.






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Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union on this date in 1846.

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Here's the Week 16 NFL schedule:

At Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Carolina Panthers 3

At Arizona Cardinals 27 Dallas Cowboys 26

At Kansas City Chiefs 34 Tennessee Titans 14

Baltimore Ravens 20 at Cleveland Browns 10

New England Patriots 34 at Buffalo Bills 3

At St Louis Rams 25 San Francisco 49ers 17

Detroit Lions 34 at Miami Dolphins 27

Washington Redskins 20 at Jacksonville Jaguars 17

At Chicago Bears 38, New York Jets 34

At Denver Broncos 24 Houston Texans 23

Indianapolis Colts 31 at Oakland Raiders 26

At Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38 Seattle Seahawks 15

At Green Bay Packers 45 New York Giants 17

At Cincinnati Bengals 34 San Diego Chargers 20

New Orleans Saints 17 at Atlanta Falcons 14

Tuesday December 28 8:00 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (Postponed from Sunday because of major East Coast snow storm.)

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On this date in 1869, William E. Semple, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, patented an acceptable chewing gum.

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Today in Elvis History:

1954 - The Elvis Presley single "Milkcow Blues Boogie"/"You're a Heartbreaker" was released.

1954 - It was announced that Elvis Presley had signed a management contract with Bob Neal.

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Cyrano de Bergerac," the play by Edmond Rostand, premiered in Paris, France on this date in 1897.

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The "New Yorker" printed an interview with Beatles manager Brian Epstein. It was the first serious press the Beatles received in the United States.

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The first municipally-owned street cars were used on the streets of San Francisco, California on this date in 1912.
 
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Today in Sports History:

1902 - The first professional indoor football game was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Syracuse defeated the Philadelphia Nationals 6-0.

1918 - Georges Vezina (Montreal Canadiens) became the first NHL goalie to record an assist. The assist came on a goal by Newsy Lalonde.

1958 - The Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants 23-17 in overtime in the NFL Championship.

1975 - The Dallas Cowboys won the NFC divisional playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings with a Hail Mary with only 24 seconds left.

2003 - New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was released from the hospital. The previous day he had fainted at a memorial service.

2003 - Jamal Lewis (Baltimore Ravens) became the fifth NFL player to run for 2,000 yards in a season. He ended the season with 2,029 yards.

2003 - Mike Vanderjagt (Indianapolis Colts) set a new NFL record when he kicked his 41st consecutive field goal.

2003 - James Holmes (Kansas City Chiefs) set an NFL record with his 27th touchdown of the season.

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After five years on television, the last "Ding Dong School" was aired on NBC-TV on this date in 1956.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning  7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 1:00pm EST (Final game of regular season)

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That's it for today. See you tomorrow.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations



It's Monday morning. Here's what's happening....

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Today is December 27th, the 361st day of 2010. There are 4 days left in the year.

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Toronto beats New Jersey.

Islanders top struggling Canadiens.

Ovi snaps goal drought as Caps edge Canes.

Bolts edge Thrashers in OT, stay first in Southeast.

Hossa returns, Turco stars in Hawks' win over Jackets.

Blues blank Preds.

Red Wings knock down Wild.

Crosby points streak reaches 24, but Senators win.

Coyotes slip past Stars.

Canucks tip Oilers.

Kings beat Ducks.

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Dr. Crawford Williamson Long used anesthesia for childbirth for the first time on this date in 1845. The event was the delivery of his own child in Jefferson, Georgia.

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U.S. National Junior Team Earns 3-2 Overtime Win over Finland in 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship Opener

Bjugstad Scores Game-Winning Goal

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Nick Bjugstad (Blaine, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota) scored just over three minutes into overtime, as the U.S. National Junior Team defeated Finland, 3-2, in its opening game of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

"I thought we stuck to our gameplan throughout," said Keith Allain, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "Our players need to work on acting instinctively within that system, but this was an important win against a good Finland team."

The U.S. scored the lone goal of the first period with just over one minute remaining in the frame. With Team USA on the power play, Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich./Univ. of Michigan) slid a pass across the top of the zone to Justin Faulk (South St. Paul, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota Duluth), who launched a slap shot that beat Finland goalie Joni Ortio high to the blocker side.

Following a Finland goal at the 13:50 mark of the second period, Team USA answered less than two minutes later. A forecheck by Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas/Univ. of Michigan) led to a turnover in Finland's end. Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev./Univ. of Denver) escaped away from the boards and snapped a wrist shot over Ortio's glove to restore Team USA's one-goal advantage heading into the final frame.

Five minutes into the third period, Team USA appeared to take a 3-1 lead when Jeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y./Rockford IceHogs) fired a wrist shot into the net. But the goal was disallowed when it was ruled that Bjugstad had been in the crease.

Finland tied the game 13 minutes into the third, forcing an extra frame. At 3:08 of the overtime period, Bjugstad created a turnover at the Finland blue line and fired a shot that snuck between Ortio's pads and over the goal line.

Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich./Windsor Spitfires) was named Team USA's player of the game after making 32 saves in the win. Meanwhile, Ortio stopped 27 shots in a losing effort.

Team USA will play its second preliminary-round game of the IIHF World Junior Championship on Tuesday (Dec. 28) against Slovakia. The game, to be televised on NHL Network U.S. and streamed live on USAHockey.FASTHockey.com, will start at 8:00 p.m. EST.

NOTES: Team USA finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while Finland was 0-for-1 with the man advantage ... In earlier action, Switzerland earned a 4-3 win over Germany; Sweden topped Norway, 7-3; and Canada defeated Russia, 6-3. For a full tournament schedule and ticket information, visit BuffaloWorldJuniors.com ... Additional information on Team USA, including a team blog, stats and a media guide, can be found at USAHockey.com.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 1 - 1 - 0 - 1 - 3
FIN 0 - 1 - 1 - 0 - 2

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Faulk (Merrill, Kreider), 18:54. Penalties: USA, Ramage (holding), 7:37; FIN, Haula (holding), 14:40; FIN, Pulkkinen (hooking), 18:36.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, FIN, Nattinen (Rajala), 13:50; 3, USA, Zucker (unassisted), 15:08. Penalties: FIN, Rissanen (hooking), 0:44.

Third Period - Scoring: 4, FIN, Pakarinen (Haula, Pulkkinen), 12:59. Penalties: FIN, Junttila (high-sticking), 5:07.

Overtime - Scoring: 5, USA, Bjugstad (unassisted), 3:08. Penalties: None.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 OT Total
USA 7 10 12 1 30
FIN 9 14 11 0 34

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 OT Total
USA, Campbell 63:08 9-9 14-13 11-10 0-0 34-32
FIN, Ortio 63:08 7-6 10-9 12-12 1-0 30-27

Power Play: USA 1-4; FIN 0-1
Penalties: USA 1-2; FIN 4-8
Referees: Stephan Bauer (GER), Georgij Jablukow (GER)
Linesmen: Mikko Kekalainen (FIN), Jesse Wilmot (CAN)
Attendance: 14,093

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. L2-3, SO
Dec. 23 Norway# 7:30 p.m. Jamestown, N.Y. W6-1
Dec. 26 Finland 8:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. W3-2, OT
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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Carrie Nation staged her first raid on a saloon at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kansas on this date in 1900. She broke each and every one of the liquor bottles that could be seen.

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Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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James Barrie's play "Peter Pan" premiered in London on this date in 1904.

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Jimmy was fun to watch on Christmas Morning!






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The children's television program "Howdy Doody," hosted by Bob Smith, made its debut on NBC on this date in 1947.

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Here's the Week 16 NFL schedule:

At Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Carolina Panthers 3

At Arizona Cardinals 27 Dallas Cowboys 26

At Kansas City Chiefs 34 Tennessee Titans 14

Baltimore Ravens 20 at Cleveland Browns 10

New England Patriots 34 at Buffalo Bills 3

At St Louis Rams 25 San Francisco 49ers 17

Detroit Lions 34 at Miami Dolphins 27

Washington Redskins 20 at Jacksonville Jaguars 17

At Chicago Bears 38, New York Jets 34

At Denver Broncos 24 Houston Texans 23

Indianapolis Colts 31 at Oakland Raiders 26

At Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38 Seattle Seahawks 15

At Green Bay Packers 45 New York Giants 17

At Cincinnati Bengals 34 San Diego Chargers 20

Monday December 27 8:30 p.m. New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

Tuesday December 28 8:00 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (Postponed from Sunday because of major East Coast snow storm.)

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On this date in 1949, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands granted sovereignty to Indonesia after more than 300 years of Dutch rule.

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - In Memphis, Elvis Presley played touch football at the Dave Wells Community Center with friends, including Red West.

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On this date in 1951, in Cincinnati, OH, a Crosley automobile, with a steering wheel on the right side, became the first vehicle of its kind to be placed in service for mail delivery.

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Today in Beatles History:

1960 - The Beatles played a gig at the Town Hall in Litherland, Liverpool.
 
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On this date in 1968, "The Breakfast Club" signed off for the last time on ABC radio, after 35 years on the air.

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Today in Sports History:

1980 - Calvin Murphy (Rockets) began an NBA free throw streak of 78.

1981 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) became the fastest NHL player to get to 100 points in a season. It only took him 38 games.

1998 - The Dallas Cowboys became the first team to sweep all of their NFC East games in a season.

1998 - Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys) set an NFL record for career touchdowns.

2000 - Mario Lemeiux (Pittsburgh Penguins) returned to the National Hockey League (NHL) as a player after over 3 years of retirement. He was the first owner-player in the modern era of pro sports. Lemieux had purchased the Pittsburgh Penguins during his retirement from playing.

2003 - New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner fainted at a memorial service. He was released from the hospital the following day.

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On this date in 1971, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and Woodstock of Charles Schulz’ "Peanuts" comic strip were on the cover of "Newsweek" magazine.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning  7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 1:00pm EST (Final game of regular season)

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That's it for today. See you tomorrow.

Oh Baby Vision

How to watch the videos on Oh Baby Vision

In the upper left hand corner, there's three horizontal lines. Click that once or twice and it'll bring up thumbnails of all the movies. Click on the one you want to watch and it'll start. It may play the next one automatically, or you may have to click the little box to bring the thumbnails back up.



Now with the addition of more videos, just use the scroll bar on the right to choose the one you want to watch.



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