Thursday, January 6, 2011

It's Thursday

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


Today is January 6th, the 6th day of 2011. There are 359 days left in the year.






Zuccarello's first NHL goal lifts Rangers past Canes.

Penguins score early and often to pound Lightning.

Thrashers hold off Panthers.

Stars make it six straight on road by beating Hawks.

Canucks beat Flames for seventh straight win.

Rinne shines as Preds make it three in a row.


Today's birthdays: Businessman/TV personality George Ross (The Apprentice) is 83; football coaching legend Lou Holtz is 74; actress Bonnie Franklin (One Day At A Time) is 67; rock guitarist Malcolm Young (AC/DC) is 58; TV chef Nigella Lawson is 51; Football Hall of Famer and sportscaster Howie Long is 51; TV host Julie Chen (The Early Show, Big Brother) is 41.


Puck splits in half during USHL game. (Video)

Kubiak closer to home with Chicago Steel.

Top Ten Force-ish moments of 2010 (Part One)

Saints check out school.

Black Hawks Where are they Now: Tim Gilbert.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Three of a Kind.


Today is National Bean Day.


U.S. National Junior Team Wins the Bronze Medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship with 4-2 Victory over Sweden

Kreider Scores Twice as Team USA Finishes Tournament 4-1-0-1

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College) scored twice and Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J./Syracuse Crunch) logged two assists, as the U.S. National Junior Team captured the bronze medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship with a 4-2 win over Sweden here this afternoon.

Team USA finished the tournament with a 4-1-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record and earned consecutive medals for the first time in tournament history, having won the gold medal last year in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask. This year's bronze medal marked the seventh medal in U.S. National Junior Team history, and fourth in the last eight years.

"It was an honor to be behind the bench for the United States," said Keith Allain, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "Our guys played with a lot of pride tonight, and they really came together over the last few weeks to represent their country."

Sweden scored the game's first goal 12 minutes into the second period, but Team USA responded less than two minutes later. Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas/Univ. of Michigan) received the puck behind Sweden's net and fed Kreider in the slot, who fired a shot low past the left pad of Sweden goalie Fredrik Petersson Wentzel.

Team USA took its first lead of the game just 52 seconds into the third period. Drew Shore (Denver, Colo./Univ. of Denver) redirected a long wrist shot by Justin Faulk (South St. Paul, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota Duluth) past Petersson Wentzel for his second goal of the tournament. Then, at 11:40 of the third, Nick Bjugstad (Blaine, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota) notched a redirection goal of his own to give the U.S. a 3-1 lead.

While Sweden briefly narrowed the gap to one, Kreider put the game away with less than two minutes remaining when he buried a two-on-one chance high to the stick side past Petersson Wentzel.

U.S. goaltender Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich./Windsor Spitfires) made 34 saves in the win, while Petersson Wentzel stopped 40 shots in a losing effort.

NOTES: Chris Kreider was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Team USA finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while Sweden was 0-for-3 with the man advantage. The U.S. allowed only one power-play goal during the tournament, which Canada scored while on a two-man advantage ... Charlie Coyle (East Weymouth, Mass./Boston Univ.), Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich./Univ. of Michigan) and Jack Campbell were named Team USA's top players of the tournament ... Coyle, Kreider and Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J./Syracuse Crunch) tied for the lead on Team USA with six points each in six games ... Kreider led Team USA with four goals in six games, and his 10 goals in two World Junior Championship appearances is tied for the fourth most in U.S. National Junior Team history ... Jack Campbell finished the tournament with a 4-1-0-1 record, 1.70 goals-against average and .941 save percentage ... Attendance at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship eclipsed 330,000 fans, marking the most well attended World Junior Championship on U.S. soil and the second-most attended tournament ever (2009/Ottawa, Ont.) ... Additional information on Team USA, including a team blog, stats and a media guide, can be found at


Scoring By Period

SWE 0 - 1 - 1 - 2
USA 0 - 1 - 3 - 4

First Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Shore (hooking), 0:54; SWE, Jarnkrok (slashing), 4:30; USA, Callahan (slashing), 7:32; USA, Bourque (hooking), 19:10; SWE, Lindberg (tripping), 19:24.

Second Period - Scoring: 1, SWE, Lindberg (Klingberg, Wannstrom), 11:58; 2, USA, Kreider (Brown, Merrill), 13:32 (pp). Penalties: SWE, Lindberg (boarding), 7:40; SWE, Styrman (tripping), 12:22.

Third Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Shore (Faulk, Palmieri), 0:52; 4, USA, Bjugstad (Leddy, Bourque), 11:40; 5, SWE, Fasth (J. Larsson), 14:18; 6, USA, Kreider (Palmieri, Dumoulin), 18:07. Penalties: SWE, Friberg (interference), 3:46; USA, Brown (slashing), 5:41; SWE, Bertilsson (roughing), 5:41.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
SWE 5 13 18 36
USA 13 11 20 44

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
SWE, Petersson Wentzel 58:30 13-13 11-10 20-17 44-40
USA, Campbell 60:00 5-5 13-12 18-17 36-34

Power Play: SWE 0-3; USA 1-5
Penalties: SWE 6-12; USA 4-8
Referees: Georgij Jablukov (GER), Matt Kirk (CAN)
Linesmen: Mikko Kekalainen (FIN), Jesse Wilmot (CAN)
Attendance: 16,104


Roughriders name new field Marshall.

Saying goodbye: Funeral for Tony Proudfoot.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the league's official website,


In about six months time, Facebook has gone from a half billion monthly active users to a half billion plus 100 million. That's a total of 600 million active users. (How many people had to take off their shoes to count that high?)

My wife deserves a break today(And I don't mean a stop at McDonald's). She's been working very hard at a temporary job assignment and now that "permanency" she was told would be hers might not happen after all.

She's really enjoyed the company, the work and the people she works with, and wants to stay with this company very much.

Please pray, think good thoughts, or whatever you feel led to do, to either help this job become permanent, or for another one to open up soon.

Thank you very much.


A new study suggests YouTube is not the most reliable source for learning CPR. Researchers found that of the 52 videos teaching CPR they discovered on YouTube, half were uploaded by individuals with no apparent health credentials.


What happened?


Here's the NFL Wild Card Round schedule:

Sat Jan 8th 4:30pm New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks

Sat Jan 8th 8:00pm New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts

Sun Jan 9th 1:00pm Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs

Sun Jan 9th 4:30pm Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles


Reuters Health reports one in four moms-to-be who smoke while they are pregnant deny it.


Today in Elvis History:

1957 - Elvis Presley made the last of his three appearances on the "Ed Sullivan Show." He performed "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Peace in the Valley," "Too Much," and "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again."

2004 - The Elvis Presley DVD and CD "200 Cadillacs" were released. .

Police in Arizona are looking for the $60 Bill Bandit. He's wanted in connection with four bank robberies. He got his bank robber name because at one robbery he asked the teller for all the $20s, $40s and $60s.


Today in Beatles History:

2001 - The Beatles album "Magical Mystery Tour" hit #1 in the U.S.

2004 - The family of George Harrison filed a lawsuit that stated Harrison's oncologist had forced him to autograph a guitar for his teenage son two weeks before he died of cancer.


A survey of the best and worst jobs is out. Software engineers have the best and roustabouts -- also known as oil or gas pipeline workers -- have the worst. Factors include pay, job safety, stress, etc.


Today in Sports History:

1896 - The first American women’s six-day bicycle race was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1941 - Alice Marble made her professional tennis debut when she defeated Ruth Hardwick of Great Britain at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1942 - The National Collegiate Football Rules Committee abolished the Y formation.

1951 - The Indianapolis Olympian beat the Rochester Royals 75-73 in a game that took six overtimes.

1976 - Ted Turner purchased the Atlanta Braves for $12 million dollars.

1988 - A seven-fight deal was signed between Mike Tyson and HBO.

1997 - Peter O'Malley announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers were for sale. The team had been owned by his family for 47 years.

1998 - Barry Switzer resigned as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

1998 - The Dallas Cowboys signed lineman Larry Allen to a 6-year deal worth more than $3.5 million a year.

1999 - The National Basketball Association (NBA) and its players agreed to a tentative labor agreement to end a six-month lockout.

2002 - Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys) became the first running back in the NFL to run gain 1,000 yards in 11 consecutive seasons.

2010 - NBA commissioner David Stern indefinitely suspended Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas without pay. Arenas has admitted to bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room and was under investigation by local and federal authorities.


Food prices are at record highs. (Don't I know it -- the other day I paid like six bucks for a box of freshly-harvested Pop Tarts.)


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 5:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators 7:00pm EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 10:00am EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 1:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils 5:00pm EST

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:30pm EST

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils 7:30pm EST

Saturday --

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs East Coast Eagles 1:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 1:00pm EST


That's it for today. See you again tomorrow.

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