Friday, February 11, 2011

It's Friday



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

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Today is February 11th, the 42nd day of 2011. There are 323 days left in the year.

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Devils top Leafs in OT.

Flyers hold off Hurricanes.

Depleted Penguins top Kings in OT.

Koskinen stops 37 as Isles beat Habs in OT.

Sabres top Panthers in OT.

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Today's Birthdays: Actress Tina Louise (Ginger on Gilligan's Island) is 77; actor Burt Reynolds (The Dukes of Hazzard, Smokey & the Bandit, Boogie Nights) is 75; former Florida governor Jeb Bush is 58; musician Sheryl Crow is 49; former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin is 47; actress Jennifer Aniston is 42; actor Taylor Lautner (Twilight films) is 19.

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Black Hawks name players of the week.

Area school kids watch Phantoms fall to Ice.

Is this head of hair worth $2,000?

Morris commits to Maine.

Muskegon Lumberjacks succumb to Lincoln Stars.

Scout Night with the Stars.

Williams commits to MSU-Mankato.

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Today is National Peppermint Patty Day.

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2011 Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships Set to Begin Tooday in Eagle River, Wis.

NBC Sports to Capture Action for Hockey Day in America; Olympic Silver Medalists Erika Lawler and Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej to Attend Event

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The sixth annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships are set to begin today on Dollar Lake in Eagle River, Wis. A record 250 teams will play in approximately 480 pond hockey games on 24 outdoor rinks created on Dollar Lake during the three-day event, which runs through Sunday (Feb. 13).

NBC Sports will be on hand to capture the action for its programming during NBC's Hockey Day in America, taking place on Sunday, Feb. 20, as part of the fourth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebook.

Highlighting the event will be apperances by 2010 U.S. Olympic silver medalists Erika Lawler and Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej. On Saturday evening, they will be featured as special guests for the tournament's welcome reception, held at the Eagle River Derby Track at 5:30 p.m. CST.

Since the first Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships in 2006, the event has grown from just 42 to 250 teams featuring nearly 1,750 adult hockey players from across the country. In 2009, the tournament's widespread reach was recognized, when it received SportTravel Magazine's 2009 SportsTravel Award for the best amateur single-sport event. This year, the teams hail from the District of Columbia and 25 states, including Arizona, California, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina, with the majority coming from Illinois and Wisconsin.

Throughout the weekend, the squads will compete in 15 divisions, including three on the women's side. The game format will include a two-minute warm-up, followed by two 15-minute periods. Preliminary games will be played on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST, with the semifinals and championship games held on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST. To view a photo of the rinks from last year's event on Dollar Lake, click here.

NOTES: During the event, participants will be staying at the legendary Chanticleer Inn, which has served as the host resort for the tournament since it began in 2006 ... For more information on the 2011 Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships, click here. Results and standings throughout the 2011 tournament can be found here and on USA Hockey's Adult Hockey Facebook page.

U.S. National Under-18 Team Outscores Russia, 10-4, in Five Nations Tournament Victory

Bardreau, Boucher, Grimaldi and Haggerty Pace Team USA with Three Points Each

HRADEC KRALOVE, Czech Republic - Cole Bardreau (Fairport, N.Y.), Reid Boucher (Grand Ledge, Mich.), Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) and Ryan Haggerty (Stamford, Conn.) paced the U.S. National Under-18 Team with three points each in a 10-4 victory over Russia today at Hradec Kralove Arena. This was Team USA's second contest in the Five Nations tournament.

"It is not often we beat a quality opponent like Russia 10-4," said Scott Monaghan, senior director of operations for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. "Our challenge now is to come prepared to play the host country, the Czech Republic, on national television tomorrow."

Team USA opened the scoring when Blake Pietila (Brighton, Mich.) collected his own rebound, circled around the net and lifted the puck over Russian goaltender Artem Artemjev for the tally. Haggerty and Bardreau registered assists on the play. The U.S. took a two-goal lead when Grimaldi broke free in the neutral zone and ripped a shot into the net. Russia responded before time expired in the first, but Team USA led 2-1 heading into intermission.

Boucher scored short-handed at 3:04 in the second period from Grimaldi and Connor Murphy (Dublin, Ohio). Russia answered to climb within one goal before Grimaldi, on the powerplay, put Team USA back up by two scores. Boucher and Robbie Russo (Westmont, Ill.) collected assists on the play. Boucher scored his second goal of the game, another U.S. powerplay marker, putting the U.S. ahead 5-2. Less than a minute later, a turnover caused by Tyler Biggs (Cincinnati, Ohio) led to a breakaway goal by the forward and Bardreau followed that score with one of his own. Russia would add a goal before the end of the period, but Team USA controlled the game, now up 7-3.

The U.S. continued its offensive outburst on yet another powerplay strike, this one by Biggs at 4:01 of the final frame. Haggerty and Michael Paliotta (Westport, Conn.) combined to assist on the score. Just 52 seconds later, Haggerty found the net for his own tally and third point of the contest. Pietila earned the helper as Team USA enjoyed a 9-3 lead. Russia notched a powerplay goal midway through the third but the U.S. was too far ahead for any comeback bid. A late goal by Bardreau gave Team USA a 10-4 victory over Russia.

Matt McNeely (Burnsville, Minn.) earned the victory for Team USA, while Artemjev was in goal for Russia in the loss.

Team USA next faces the Czech Republic tomorrow (Feb. 11) at 12:00 p.m. ET. The game will be held at the Hradec Kralove Arena.

NOTES: Blake Pietila has the opening goal of both tournament games played for the U.S. ... Rocco Grimaldi has five goals and seven total points in two tournament games ... Reid Boucher has six points (2,4) in two tournament games ... Connor Murphy, who has been out due to injury, recorded his first point of the season in today's game ... The U.S. National Under-18 Team trains with The Hockey Intelligym, a revolutionary new software program released on October 1 that trains hockey sense. To learn more, click here TheHockeyIntelligym.com ... Find USA Hockey on Facebook at Facebook.com/USAHockey ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #NTDPU18

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 2 - 5 - 3 - 10
RUS 1 - 2 - 1 - 4

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Pietila (Haggerty, Bardreau), 9:05; 2, USA, Grimaldi (unassisted), 12:28, (pp); 3, RUS, Nesterov (Mikhailov, Konkov), 13:40, (pp). Penalties: USA, Paliotta (slashing), 9:53; RUS, Ivanyuzhenkov (holding), 12:04; USA, Fiala (interference), 12:46, RUS, Ageev (hooking), 14:33; RUS, Saveljev (delay-of-game), 16:48; RUS, Vorshev (interference), 19:24.

Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Boucher (Grimaldi, Murphy), 3:04, (sh); 5, RUS, Yarullin (Nesterov), 4:32; 6, USA, Grimaldi (Boucher, Russo), 6:21, (pp); 7, USA, Boucher (Miller), 13:45, (pp); 8, USA, Biggs (unassisted), 14:33; 9, USA, Bardreau (Paliotta), 15:07; 10, RUS, Shamin (Shubin), 16:18. Penalties: USA, Carlson (tripping), 2:26; RUS, Vasilevsky (high-sticking), 5:46; RUS, Shuvalov (interference), 12:56.

Third Period - Scoring: 11, USA, Biggs (Haggerty, Paliotta), 4:01, (pp); 12, USA, Haggerty (Pietila), 4:53; 13, RUS, Shuvalov (Vorshev), 9:32; 14, USA, Bardreau (Van Voorhis), 19:42. Penalties: USA, Miller (hooking), 1:37; RUS, Nesterov (hooking), 3:48; USA, Reid (tripping), 7:31; USA, Paliotta (hooking), 10:49; USA, Murphy (hooking), 12:37; RUS, Ivanyuzhenkov (slashing), 16:56; RUS, Tkachev (tripping), 18:12; USA, Biggs (charging), 19:19.

Team USA 2011 Five Nations Tournament Schedule
Feb. 9 - Feb. 13, 2011 • Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

Date Event Location Time (ET)/Result

Wed., Feb. 9 USA vs. Sweden Novy Bydzov W, 6-2
Thurs., Feb. 10 Russia vs. USA Hradec Kralove W, 10-4
Fri., Feb. 11 Czech Republic vs. USA Hradec Kralove 12:00 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 13 USA vs. Finland Hradec Kralove 7:30 a.m.

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Google wants to help you plan your wedding. The Internet giant announced Google Weddings on Thursday, a dedicated site where consumers can create a wedding website, edit photos and plan their wedding using wedding-specific templates. I wonder if the roayal family's heard about this?

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Top honour for Argos receivers coach De Matteo.

Rambo signs extension with Stamps.

Eskimos release veteran lineman Bates.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Detroit's mayor, Dave Bing, poo-pooed a legitimate proposal to build a Robocop statue for his city. But all hope is not lost. Someone's set up an online drive to fund the construction of a Robocop statue for $50,000.

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I like to play outside.

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An L.A. judge on Thursday finalized Charlie Sheen's divorce from his ex-wife Brooke Mueller Sheen, but the pair will not be legally single until May 2.

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on "Stage Show" for the third time. He was finally given permission from CBS to perform "Heartbreak Hotel." He also sang "Blue Suede Shoes."

1960 - Elvis Presley received his sergeant's stripes.

1966 - Elvis Presley arrived at MGM to begin pre-production work on the movie "Spinout."

1979 - The TV movie "Elvis," with Kurt Russell, aired on ABC.

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live."

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In theaters: The Eagle (PG-13); Gnomeo & Juliet (G); Just Go With It (PG-13); Just Bieber: Never Say Never (G) .

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles recorded their first album "Please Please Please Me," including "Twist & Shout" and "I Saw Her Standing There."

1964 - The Beatles played their first U.S. concert at the Collisseum in Washington, DC.

1965 - Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox were married. They divorced in 1975.

1970 - The film "The Magic Christian," featuring Ringo Starr debuted in New York City.

1970 - John Lennon paid 1,344 pounds in fines for protesting the South African rugby team playing in Scotland.

1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono played "Instant Karma" on the BBC TV show "Top of the Pops."

2002 - Friends of former Beatle George Harrison filed an amendment death certificate. The original death certificate listed a fake address in Beverly Hills. Harrison had actually died several miles away in Hollywood Hills.

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A Maryland elementary school teacher has been charged with punching, scratching, kicking, and choking her first grade students. (Where'd this woman get her degree, Real Housewives University?)

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Today in Sports History:

1878 - The first U.S. bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, was formed.

1922 - The Toronto St. Patricks and the Ottawa Senators recorded the first tie game in NHL history.

1957 - The NHL Players Association was formed in New York City. Ted Lindsay (Detroit Red Wings) was elected as president.

1966 - Willie Mays became the highest paid player in baseball. He signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants for $130,000 a year.

1968 - The new 20,000 seat Madison Square Garden officially opened in New York. This was the fourth Garden.

1971 - Jean Beliveau (Montreal Canadiens) scored his 500th career goal.

1973 - The Philadelphia 76ers lost their 20th game of a twenty-game losing streak.

1984 - Wayne Gretzky set an NHL record when he scored his 11th short handed goal of the season.

1986 - The single "Superbowl Shuffle" by the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew was certified gold by the RIAA.

1990 - In Tokyo, Japan, James "Buster" Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in the tenth round to win the heavyweight championship.

2003 - Mike Madano (Dallas Stars) became only the second American-born NHL player to play in 1,000 games with the same team. All of Madano's games had come with the Minnesota North Stars and Dallas Stars. Brian Leetch (New York Rangers) was the first American-born player to play in 1,000 NHL games.

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Today is White Shirt Day.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 5:15pm EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 6:00pm EST

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

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 10:30am EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Junior Blades 12:15pm EST

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings 7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 7:30pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

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

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