Monday, January 3, 2011

Monday Morning Meissnervations



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

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Today is January 3rd, the 3rd day of 2011. There are 362 days left in the year.

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Byfuglien's slapper knocks off Habs in OT.

Panthers shut out Rangers.

Flyers slip past Red Wings.

Stars beat Blues.

Predators club Columbus.

Wild beat Coyotes in OT.

Raymond returns, helps Canucks beat Avs.

Anaheim edges Chicago.

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Today's birthdays: Actor Dabney Coleman (Tootsie, 9 to 5, You've Got Mail) is 79; hockey legend Bobby Hull is 71; Rock Hall of Famer Stephen Stills (Crosby, Still, Nash & Young) is 66; actress Victoria Principal (Dallas) is 61; actor Mel Gibson is 55; actress Danica McKellar (Winnie on The Wonder Years) is 36; NFL quarterback Eli Manning (New York Giants) is 30.

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Green Bay beats Steel.

Fargo routs Herd.

Coleman continues to impress in Indy.

Black Hawks' losing streak continues.

Bucs' goalie stops 34 of 35 shots in win at Dubuque.

Lancers get two from NCAA.

Missed opportunities hurt Muskies in New Year's Eve loss.

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The drinking straw was patented today in 1888.

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U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Downs Japan, 7-1, at 2011 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship

Seven Different Players Score in Team USA Victory

STOCKHOLM - Seven different players scored for the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team in a 7-1 victory over Japan at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship here tonight at Stora Mossen Arena. Team USA is undefeated (2-0-0-0) in the tournament and will close out the preliminary round on Tuesday (Jan. 4) against Sweden.

"Playing against an honest and hardworking team like Japan, it is important that we bring our best," said Jodi McKenna, head coach for Team USA. "Again, we did a very good job and worked hard on both sides of the puck. It was great to see that we're getting a lot of contribution from the entire lineup."

Japan struck first, using an early power-play opportunity to tally the first goal against the Americans of the tournament. Ayaka Toko shot the puck and used a bounce off the end boards to backhand it past U.S. netminder Shenae Lundberg (Peterborough, N.H.) at 6:18 of the opening period.

Team USA responded less than a minute later to tie the game at 1-1 when Emily Field (Littleton, Mass.) tipped Courtney Burke's (Albany, N.Y.) point shot at 7:15. Emily Pfalzer (Getzville, N.Y.) gave the U.S. the lead for good at 18:50, as her slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle found an opening through traffic as Japan goaltender Shizuka Takahashi slid left.

The U.S. opened its lead to 4-1 in the second frame, starting with Sydney Daniels (Southwick, Mass.) tipping an Amanda Boulier (Watertown, Conn.) shot at 3:47. Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) capped off the period with a power-play goal at the 11:05 mark.

In the final period, linemates Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) and Layla Marvin (Warroad, Minn.) scored :16 apart, at 5:35 and 5:51, to make it 6-1. Milician McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.) closed out the game with a slap shot from the point on the power play at 16:18 to account for the 7-1 final score.

Lundberg made six saves in net for the U.S., while Takahashi and Ai Tokoro combined for 69 saves for Japan.

NOTES: Team USA outshot Japan by a 76-7 count ... The U.S. was 2-for-5 on the power play, while Japan was 1-for-2 ... Thirteen players factored in the scoring for Team USA ... 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 ... Jodi McKenna, the head women's ice hockey coach at Wesleyan Univeristy, is serving as head coach for Team USA. She is assisted by Brian Durocher, head women's ice hockey coach at Boston University, and Jennifer Kranz, assistant women's ice hockey coach at St. Cloud State University ... 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 2 3 -- 7
JPN 1 0 0 -- 1

First Period - Scoring: 1, JPN, Ayaka Toko (unassisted), 6:18 (pp); 2, USA, Field (Burke, Boulier), 7:15; 3, USA, Pfalzer (Stecklein), 18:10. Penalties: USA, Brandt (high sticking), 4:28.

Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Daniels (Boulier), 3:47; 5, USA, Carpenter (Skarupa, Savage), 11:05 (pp). Penalties: USA, Pelkey (high sticking), 4:22; JPN, Ishiura (interference), 4:53; JPN, Takeda (hooking), 7:22; JPN, Abe (hooking), 9:42.

Third Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Darkangelo (unassisted), 5:35; 7, USA, Marvin (Darkangelo), 5:51; 8, USA, McMillen (Picard), 16:18 (pp). Penalties: JPN, Toko (cross checking), 14:48; JPN, Ishiura (hooking), 17:01.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 21 20 35 76
JPN 4 1 2 7

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Lundberg, 60:00 4-3 1-1 2-2 7-6
JPN, Takahashi, 45:51 21-19 20-18 13-11 54-48
JPN, Tokoro, 14:09 x-x x-x 22-21 22-21

Power Play: USA 2-5; JPN 1-2
Penalties: USA 2-4; JPN 5-10
Officials: Referee-Arina Ustinova (RUS); Linesmen-Kaire Leet (EST), Ilona Novotna (CZE)

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 W, 11-0
Sun., Jan. 2 Japan Stora Mossen W, 7-1
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 Under-17 Team Trips Up Team Quebec, 5-2, in Final Round-Robin Contest of World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Hartman and Matteau Notch Goal and Assist; Team USA Earns Number One Seed

WINNIPEG, Man. - Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) and Stefan Matteau (Chicago, Ill.) scored one goal and added an assist each as the U.S. National Under-17 Team tripped up Canada's Team Quebec, 5-2, here this evening at the MTS Iceplex in World Under-17 Hockey Challenge action. Team USA finishes first in Pool A.

"We came out and played disciplined hockey in the first two periods," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "We survived a tough third period and got what we wanted, the first seed in our pool."

Team USA found itself in unfamiliar territory as Quebec scored first on a five-on-three powerplay, marking the first time the U.S. fell behind in the tournament. Despite still being down a player, Team USA struck back. With a defender draped all over him, Hartman skated in and one-handed the puck past Quebec goaltender, Alex Dubeau. Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.) and Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) collected assists on the shorthanded marker.

The U.S. cashed in on its own powerplay opportunity at 12:46 of the first frame, taking a 2-1 lead. Seth Jones (Plano, Texas) ripped a shot just under the goal post and handcuffed Dubeau. Dakota Mermis (Charlestown, Mass.) and Henrik Samuelsson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) earned assists on the play. Before time expired in the period, Matteau made a strong play, moving to the net and backhanding a pass to Miles Koules (Los Angeles, Calif.). Koules knocked the feed to the back of net for the goal. Matteau recorded an assist on the play, as did Samuelsson.

Matteau capitilized on great positioning and picked up the puck when a Quebec defender lost his footing. Matteau skated in from the left side of the goal and pulled the puck in to his backhand for the goal. Hartman assisted on the play for his second point of the game. With time winding down on the second period, Dubeau fumbled the puck behind the Quebec goal and Thomas Di Pauli (Woodridge, Ill.) scooped it up for the empty net tally.

In the final frame, the U.S. found itself down a man for a majority of the stanza as a number of penalties were called against Team USA. Despite giving up one goal on a rebound shot by Quebec, the U.S. held strong and claimed the 5-2 victory.

Olson made 22 saves for Team USA in the victory, while Dubeau and Francois Tremblay combined to stop 35 shots for Team Quebec in the loss.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team next skates in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge semifinals against Pool B's second-seeded team (the loser of tonight's Pacific - Ontario game). Puck drop is scheduled for tomorrow (Jan. 3) at 3:00 p.m. CT. The game will be held at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Man.

NOTES: Entering today's game, the U.S. led all teams in the tournament with 21 goals scored for. The five goals scored against Quebec gives Team USA 26 goals scored in four games ... Matteau was named the U.S. player of the game ... Before play today, Samuelsson led all skaters in tournament scoring with eight points (6,2). He added two assists to that total tonight, giving him 10 points (6,4) in four games ... Team USA allowed six goals in four games during round-robin play ... 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
QUE 1 - 0 - 1 - 2

First Period - Scoring: 1, QUE, Simard-Hudon (Matheson, Poulin), 6:40, (5-on-3); 2, USA, Hartman (Shore, Olson), 7:10, (sh); 3, USA, Jones (Mermis, Samuelsson), 12:46, (pp); 4, USA, Koules (Matteau, Samuelsson), 18:28. Penalties: QUE, Matheson (holding), 3:42, USA, Bench (too-many-men), 5:06, USA, Di Pauli (goaltender-interference), 5:32; USA, Darcy (tripping), 8:21; QUE, Fraser (elbowing), 11:29; QUE, Ciampini (tripping), 13:29, USA, Osterberg (check-to-head), 15:17; USA, Osterberg (10-minute-misconduct), 15:17; QUE, Gregoire (checking-from-behind), 19:41; QUE, Gregoire (10-minute-misconduct), 19:41.

Second Period - Scoring: 5, USA, Matteau (Hartman), 5:48; 6, USA, Di Pauli (unassisted), 19:58. Penalties: QUE, Fraser (slashing), 6:24; QUE, Leduc (boarding), 9:47; QUE, Simard-Hudon (tripping), 11:54, USA, Di Pauli (tripping), 17:50.

Third Period - Scoring: 7, QUE, Simard-Hudon (Carrier, LaFontaine), 4:56. Penalties: USA, Shore (hooking), 2:23; USA, Koules (tripping), 9:25; USA, Sieloff (elbowing), 10:08; USA, Shore (tripping), 12:24; QUE, Marcotte (interference), 15:29; QUE, Lalonde (tripping), 17:08; USA, Mermis (holding), 19:58; QUE, Matheson (roughing), 20:00.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 14 11 10 35
QUE 3 7 14 24

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Olson, 60:00 3/2 7/7 14/13 24/22
QUE, Dubeau, 40:00 14/11 11/9 0/0 25/20
QUE, Tremblay, 20:00 0/0 0/0 10/10 10/10

Power Play: USA 1-9; QUE 1-10
Penalties: USA 11-30; QUE 11-30

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

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Today is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.

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Yay for Jimmy!






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Facebook says 36.7 million users changed their relationship status to "married" in 2010. Some 43.8 million changed their relationship status to "single".

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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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A couple of French guys have introduced the luxury condom. The company claims the "luxurious presentation" of the condom removes any negative stigma associated with it. (Well, alrighty then.)

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Today in Elvis History:

1953 - Vernon and Gladys Presley paid $50 for a 1942 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe as a present for their son Elvis' eighteenth birthday.

2000 - The "American Originals Part IV" exhibition at the National Archives Rotunda closed to the public. One of the letters featured was from Elvis Presley to U.S. President Nixon. It read, "Dear Mr. President, First I would like to introduce myself. I am Elvis Presley and admire you and have great respect for your office. I talked to Vice President Agnew in Palm Springs 3 weeks ago and expressed my concern for our country. . . Sir I can and will be of any service that I can to help the country out. . . .I can and will do more good if I were made a Federal agent at large. . . Respectfully Elvis Presley P.S. I believe that you Sir were one of the top ten outstanding men of America."

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An Ontario, Canada, man says he has broken the world record for longest dance marathon -- 125 hours.

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Today in Beatles History:

1926 - George Martin was born in London. He signed the Beatles to a provisional contract with EMI on June 4, 1962.

1964 - The Beatles made their first appearance on U.S. television in a film clip shown on the "Jack Paar Show." It was a performance of the song "She Loves You."

1966 - The Beatles appeared on "Hullabaloo."

1969 - About 30,000 copies of the John Lennon-Yoko Ono album "Two Virgins" were confiscated by police at Newark Airport in New Jersey. The cover of the album featured a nude picture of Lennon and Ono.

1970 - "I Me Mine" was recoreded by the Beatles. It was the last song that the band would record together.

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A California man was arrested for allegedly robbing a bank inside a grocery store where he works. Police said the hatchet-wielding was wearing pink hospital scrubs and a Darth Vader mask.

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Today in Sports History:

1941 - The National Collegiate Football Rules Committee announced a new rule that permitted free substitution of football players.

1943 - For the first time in NHL history a goal with three points all came from the same family. Reg Bentley scored with assists from his brothers Max and Doug.

1962 - Work began on the Houston Astrodome.

1977 - The Kansas City Royals release pitcher Lindy McDaniel, ending his twenty-one year career.

1983 - Tony Dorsett (Dallas Cowboys) made the longest run from scrimmage in NFL history. Dorsett ran 99 yards in a game against the Minnesota Vikings.

1991 - Wayne Gretzky scored his 700th goal.

1997 - Rod Brind'Amour (Philadelphia Flyers) scored his 200th career goal.

2005 - Former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann declared his candidacy for Pennsylvania governor.

2010 - Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans) set the NFL single-season record for yards from scrimmage. He finished the season with 2,509 yards.

2010 - Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) set a team record when he took every snap for the entire regular season.

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According to a new study, a third of 9-month-old babies are obese. (Well, no wonder -- it's impossible to stay on a treadmill when you're in footie pajamas.)


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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

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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