Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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

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Today is January 4th, the 4th day of 2011. There are 361 days left in the year.

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Savard, Rask lead Bruins past Maple Leafs.

Panthers survive in Carolina.

Lawson shines in relief as Isles win third straight.

Toews returns, helps Hawks beat Kings.

Canucks top Sharks, move into first in West.

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Today's birthdays: Former football coach Don Shula is 81; actress Dyan Cannon (Ally McBeal) is 74; rock singer Michael Stipe (REM) is 51; actor Dave Foley (NewsRadio, Kids in the Hall) is 48: golfer David Toms is 44.

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USHL Alumni voices: Paul Stastny.

Visit the league's website: http://www.ushl.com/.

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Today is National Spaghetti Day.

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U.S. National Junior Team Drops 4-1 Decision to Canada in IIHF World Junior Championship Semifinals

Team USA to Face Sweden Wednesday in the Bronze-Medal Game

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas/Univ. of Michigan) scored the lone goal for Team USA, as the U.S. National Junior team dropped a 4-1 decision to Canada in the semifinal round of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship before a sellout crowd of 18,690 at HSBC Arena.

The U.S. will play for a medal for the eighth time in nine years when it faces Sweden Wednesday (Jan. 5) at 3:30 p.m. EST in the bronze-medal game.

"Our players are working hard as individuals, but we didn't come together as a team," said Keith Allain, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "We'll have a good practice tomorrow and will prepare to play for bronze on Wednesday."

Team USA fell behind less than three minutes into the game. Goalie Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich./Windsor Spitfires) kept the U.S. close, making 25 saves in the first two periods and 37 saves overall. But Canada eventually built a 4-0 lead six minutes into the final frame.

Brown gave the U.S. life with a power-play goal midway through the third period. A shot by Jeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y./Rockford IceHogs) hit a stick and bounced towards Brown, who knocked the puck out of the air and over the blocker of Canada goalie Mark Visentin. Team USA, however, could get no closer and dropped its first game of the tournament.

Wednesday afternoon's bronze-medal game will be televised live on the NHL Network U.S. and streamed live on USAHockey.FASTHockey.com.

NOTES: Jack Campbell was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Team USA finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while Canada was 1-for-3 with the man advantage ... In the other semifinal game, Russia defeated Sweden, 4-3, in a shootout to advance to the gold-medal game. 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

CAN 2 - 1 - 1 - 4
USA 0 - 0 - 1 - 1

First Period - Scoring: 1, CAN, Hamilton (Eakin), 2:38; 2, CAN, Howden (Connolly, Gudbranson), 13:54. Penalties: None.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, CAN, Johansen (unassisted), 5:59 (pp). Penalties: CAN, Howden (high-sticking), 2:33; USA, Coyle (high-sticking), 4:33; USA, Wey (hooking), 4:58; CAN, de Haan (slashing), 16:18.

Third Period - Scoring: 4, CAN, Kassian (de Haan), 6:02; 5, USA, Brown (Morin, Leddy), 9:37 (pp). Penalties: CAN, Ashton (slashing), 3:54; CAN, Johansen (hooking), 8:34; USA, Coyle (delaying-the-game), 10:50.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
CAN 12 16 13 41
USA 5 12 8 25

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
CAN, Visentin 60:00 5-5 12-12 8-7 25-24
USA, Campbell 60:00 12-10 16-15 13-12 41-37

Power Play: CAN 1-3; USA 1-4
Penalties: CAN 4-8; USA 3-6
Referees: Martin Frano (CZE), Jari Levonen (FIN)
Linesmen: Mikko Kekalainen (FIN), Felix Winnekens (GER)
Attendance: 18,690

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. W2-1
Jan. 3 Semifinals^ 7:30 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. L1-4
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

U.S. National Under-17 Team Edges Team Pacific, 6-5, in Semifinals of World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Kerdiles Scores Game Winner, Adds One Assist as Team USA Advances to Finals

WINNIPEG, Man. - Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) scored the game winning goal and added an assist as the U.S. National Under-17 Team edged Canada's Team Pacific, 6-5, in overtime this evening at the MTS Centre in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge semifinals. The win advances Team USA to the gold medal game.

"The guys did not let up and I'm glad on how they reacted to adversity," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "Anywhere worth going to isn't easy and we have one more game to go."

Team Pacific opened the game on a quick score at 1:13 of the first period. The U.S. responded with a tally by Hartman, when he swept the puck to the front of the goal, looking for teammate Kerdiles. The puck caromed off a defender and into the net to knot the game at 1-1.

Team USA took a 2-1 lead when a Jacob Trouba (Rochester, N.Y.) powerplay blast from inside the blue line found the back of the net. Thomas Di Pauli (Woodridge, Ill.) passed the puck to Trouba, who found Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass.) along the right sideboards. Grzelcyk returned the pass back to Trouba who fired the puck home.

Stefan Matteau (Chicago, Ill.) added to the U.S. lead after a great effort to keep the puck in the zone by Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.). Carrick zipped a pass to Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.). who dropped the puck to Matteau. Matteau snapped a quick wrist shot past Team Pacific goaltender Mackenzie Skapski. Off a two-on-one break, Kerdiles launched a quick shot off of Skapski and Hartman backhanded the rebound in. Team USA entered the first intermission up, 4-1.

Trouba and Grzelcyk connected once more on the powerplay at 12:29 in the middle frame. Grzelcyk launched a quick wrist shot that found an opening between the pads of Pacific goaltender Devon Fordyce, who was inserted into the game at the start of the second period. Both Grzelcyk and Trouba had one goal and two assists in the contest. Pacific notched two powerplay goals late in the stanza to close the gap on Team USA, but the U.S. led 5-3 after 40 minutes of play.

The third period saw two more goals notched by Pacific, mounting a comeback to tie the game at fives goals each. Heading into overtime, the U.S. looked to put the pressure back on Team Pacific. The U.S. ousthot Pacific, 6-2, in the overtime period and at 7:24, Kerdiles scored the game winner for Team USA.

Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) made 19 saves for Team USA in the win, while Skapski and Fordyce combined to stop 28 shots for Team Pacific in the loss.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team next skates in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge finals against the winner of tonight's Ontario - Quebec matchup. Puck drop is scheduled for tomorrow (Jan. 4) at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game will be held at the MTS Centre 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 4 - 1 - 0 - 1 - 6

PAC 1 - 2 - 3 - 0 - 5

First Period - Scoring: 1, PAC, Magee (Olsen, Hodges), 1:13; 2, USA, Hartman (unassisted), 5:59; 3, USA, Trouba (Grzelcyk, Di Pauli), 12:27, (pp); 4, USA, Matteau (Shore, Carrick), 18:22; 5, USA, Hartman (Kerdiles), 18:46. Penalties: PAC, Winther (hooking), 10:32; PAC, Olsen (roughing), 13:47.

Second Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Grzelcyk (Trouba), 12:29, (pp); 7, PAC, Shinkaruk (Bourke, Dumba), 15:58, (pp); 8, PAC, Bourke (Shinkaruk, Dumba), 17:04, (pp). Penalties: USA, Jones (slashing), 1:12; USA, Shore (hooking), 2:54; USA, Kerdiles (high-sticking), 3:39; PAC, Erricson (high-sticking), 6:05; PAC, Bews (interference), 10:55; USA, Lane (interference), 15:46; USA, Trouba (tripping), 16:31.

Third Period - Scoring: 9, PAC, Rielly (Shinkaruk, Dumba), 2:20; 10, PAC, Rielly (Shinkaruk, Dumba), 3:49. Penalties: USA, Trouba (roughing), 0:15; PAC, Bourke (hooking), 0:22; USA, Koules (hooking), 1:43; USA, Samuelsson (slashing), 8:20; PAC, Shinkaruk (hooking), 14:13.

Overtime Period - Scoring: 11, USA, Kerdiles (Grzelcyk, Trouba), 7:24. Penalties: None.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 OT Total

USA 12 8 8 6 34

PAC 5 10 7 2 24

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 OT Total

USA, Rutledge, 67:24 5/4 10/8 7/5 2/2 24/19

PAC, Skapski, 20:00 12/8 0/0 0/0 0/0 12/8

PAC, Fordyce, 47:24 0/0 8/7 8/8 6/5 22/20

Power Play: USA 2-6; PAC 2-8

Penalties: USA 8-16; PAC 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 W, 4-1

Sat., Jan. 1 USA vs. Canada Atlantic MTS Iceplex W, 12-1

Sun., Jan. 2 USA vs. Canada Quebec MTS Iceplex W, 5-2

Mon., Jan. 3 USA vs. Canada Pacific (semi) MTS Centre W, 6-5 (OT)

Tues., Jan. 4 USA vs. Ontario/Quebec (final) MTS Centre 7:30 p.m.

Yale University Unanimous No. 1 in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Yale University is the unanimous No. 1 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll as it returns from a one-week hiatus. The Bulldogs, who earned a victory over College of the Holy Cross last weekend and now boast a 12-1-0 record, collected 510 points and all 34 first-place votes to claim the top spot for the fourth week in a row.

The University of North Dakota (467) advances three places to No. 2 with a win over then-No. 3 University of Minnesota Duluth, while Boston College (428) moves up one place to No. 3 after defeating Colgate University and Mercyhurst College. The University of New Hampshire (404) claims the No. 4 spot following an overtime loss to St. Lawrence University, while Minnesota Duluth rounds out the top five with 356 points.

NOTES: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while Hockey East boasts four ranked programs, and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and ECAC Hockey each have three ... A total of 22 teams received votes.

ABOUT THE POLL: The 16th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the five NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Men's College Hockey Poll - #13
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank School Last Week's Ranking 2010-11 Record Weeks in Top 10
1 Yale University, 510 (34) 1 12-1-0 13
2 University of North Dakota, 467 5 14-5-2 13
3 Boston College, 428 4 13-5-0 13
4 University of New Hampshire, 404 2 10-3-4 13
5 University of Minnesota Duluth, 356 3 12-4-3 13
6 University of Denver, 352 7 13-5-4 13
7 University of Michigan, 297 10 12-5-4 13
8 Miami University, 288 6 11-6-3 13
9 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 202 13 11-4-3 5
10 University of Nebraska Omaha, 164 9 12-7-1 11
11 University of Maine, 162 8 9-5-4 13
12 University of Notre Dame, 129 12 12-7-3 10
13 University of Wisconsin, 117 15 12-7-3 8
14 Union College, 72 14 11-6-3 10
15 Boston University, 42 11 8-5-6 13

Others receiving votes: University of Alaska, 36; Colorado College, 27; Merrimack College, 23; Ferris State University, 1; Princeton University, 1; Robert Morris University, 1; Western Michigan University, 1.

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Moffat: A Proudfoot secret finally revealed.

Fond CFL memories for former Ti-Cat Krouse.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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The latest danger from fast food isn't what's in it -- it's what's around it. Scientists from the University of Toronto tells us it's called toxicperfluoroalkyls, a big word for the protective stuff on the food wrappers that keep that grease from oozing out.

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Looking for a new job? Wear glasses. A new study finds people who wear glasses to interviews are more intelligent and more likely to get hired.

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Here's the Week 17 NFL schedule:

Pittsburgh Steelers 41 at Cleveland Browns 9

At Detroit Lions 20 Minnesota Vikings 13

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 at New Orleans Saints 13

At New England Patriots 38 Miami Dolphins 7

At Atlanta Falcons 31 Carolina Panthers 10

Oakland Raiders 31 at Kansas City Chiefs 10

At New York Jets 38 Buffalo Bills 7

At Baltimore Ravens 13 Cincinnati Bengals 7

At Houston Texans 34 Jacksonville Jaguars 17

Dallas Cowboys 14 at Philadelphia Eagles 13

New York Giants 17 at Washington Redskins 14

At Green Bay Packers 10 Chicago Bears 3

San Diego Chargers 33 at Denver Broncos 28

At Indianapolis Colts 23 Tennessee Titans 20

At San Francisco 49ers 38 Arizona Cardinals 7

At Seattle Seahawks 16 St. Louis Rams 6

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Officials in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, said a non-human is responsible for a minor car crash last week. The driver of a car was rear-ended Tuesday when he stopped suddenly after spotting what he thought was a person lying in the road.

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Today in Elvis History:

1954 - Elvis Presley recorded "It Wouldn't be the Same Without You" and "I’ll Never Stand in Your Way."

1957 - In Memphis, Elvis Presley reported to Kennedy Veterans Hospital for an army pre-induction physical.

1975 - Elvis' update of the ballad "My Boy" hit #5 in the U.K.

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Americans watched more television than ever last year -- an average of 34 hours per person per week.

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Today in Beatles History:

1962 - The Beatles topped the first Mersey Beat popularity poll.

1970 - George Harrison recorded the lead guitar solo for the album version of "Let It Be."  

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Paula Abdul's new dance competition show debuts tonight (Tuesday). (And yet somehow Bristol Palin is already in the finals.)

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Today in Sports History:

1883 - The Ontario Rugby Football Union was formed. The organization was the forerunner of the CFL.

1920 - The National Negro Baseball League was organized.

1957 - The Dodgers bought a 44-passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000. They were the first team to own their own plane.

1957 - Former heavyweight boxing champ Joe Louis appeared on "The Steve Allen Show" to introduce singer Solomon Burke. Burke performed Louis' "You Can Run, but You Can't Hide."

1974 - NBC-TV presented hockey in prime time. The Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers were the teams in the National Hockey League (NHL) game.

1975 - The Montreal Canadiens beat the Washington Capitals 10-0.

1976 - The Dallas Cowboys became the first wild-card team to make it to the Super Bowl. They beat the Los Angeles Rams 37-7 in the NFC title game.

1977 - Mary Shane was hired by the Chicago White Sox as the first woman TV play-by-play announcer.

1982 - Bryant Gumbel moved from NBC Sports to the anchor desk where he joined Jane Pauley as co-host of the "Today" show on NBC.

1983 - The USFL (United States Football League) held its first player draft.

1984 - Wayne ‘The Great One’ Gretzky scored eight points (four goals and four assists) for the second time in his National Hockey League (NHL) career. Edmonton’s Oilers defeated the Minnesota North Stars, 12-8. The game was the highest-scoring NHL game to date.

1992 - Mike Gartner (New York Rangers) scored his 1000th career point.

1996 - Don Shula announced his retirement from coaching the Miami Dolphins after 26 seasons.

1997 - The New York Rangers won their 2,000th game as an NHL franchise. Wayne Gretzky assisted on four second period goals.

1999 - Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Minnesota's 37th governor.

2003 - The Green Bay Packers lost 27-7 to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC wild card game. It was the first time that the Packers had lost a playoff game at home.

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NBC Radio debuted "The Dodge Victory Hour" which starred Will Rogers, Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra and singer Al Jolson on this date in 1928.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals 7:00pm EST

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00pm EST

Thursday --

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

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