Sunday, February 27, 2011

It's Sunday













It's Sunday. Here's what's happening.

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Today is February 27th, the 58th day of 2011. There are 307 days left in the year.

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Stars rally to beat Predators.

Kings hang on to beat Avs.

Red Wings rally to beat Sabres in shootout.

Penguins top Leafs in shootout.

Canadiens top Hurricanes.

Senators stun Flyers.

Caps rally to beat Islanders.

Lucic powers Bruins to win in Vancouver.

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The city of Washington, DC, was placed under congressional jurisdiction on this date in 1801.

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Saints win battle of expansion teams.

Mathews, Lancers blank Waterloo.

Last-minute goal gives Stampede win.

Former Rider McConnell named coach in Chicago.

Shots sparse for Muskies in yet another loss to Fargo.

Des Moines Buccaneers lose fifth straight.

Ice's Erne, 15, is youngest in the league.

Lucas at Large: Kirk Daubenspeck.

Lincoln has 3 USHL all-stars, but there's no game.

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New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration on this date in 1827.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors have had an interesting season, to say the least. Four goals in 46 seconds in a mid-December game. Three goals in 37 seconds in a game earlier this month. Then, just when you thought it couldn't get any crazier, look at last night: Five power play goals against in a 5-4 first-game playoff loss to the Hampton Roads Junior Whalers at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar, Florida.

The Juniors built a 2-1 lead in the first period on even-strength goals from Patrick Rodgers (assisted by Andrew Silvers) at 9:42, and Silvers (from Paul Lochner) at 17:30, just 13 seconds after Matthew Culcasi scored Hampton Roads' first power play goal of the light.

After a scoreless second period, things heated up in the third, with the two teams comibining for six power play goals. Chase Anderson scored at 3:34 (assisted by Lochner and Scott Vargas) to give Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead. The Whalers would then score three straight power play goals to grab the lead: Dylan Woods at 9:18(5-on-3); Jamie Lasher at 9:40; and Culcasi at 14:08, taking a 4-3 lead. The Juniors would respond with a 5-on-3 power play of their own at 17:37, with Richard Hill tying the game (assisted by Rodgers) 4-4. With overtime looming, another Tampa Bay penalty would pave the way for Cody Pessig to score on the power play with just 4.4 seconds remaining in regulation time, winning the game for Hampton Roads, 5-4.

As you would expect, both goaltenders were busy. Braxton Schulz made 37 saves for Tampa Bay, while Dylan Snyder made 46 for the Whalers. Hampton Roads went a stunning 5-for-5 on the power play, while the Juniors went a solid 2-for-4.

With the Whalers' game one win, it sets up this scenario for tonights game two: Tampa Bay needs to win to square the best-of-three series and force a deciding 'mini-game:' 10 minutes (non-sudden death) played immediately following the conclusion of game two. If the 'mini-game' is tied, another one will be played, until a winner is determined. The action starts tonight at 7:00pm EST at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, with the live broadcast available at fasthockey.com.

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Dr. William G. Bonwill invented the dental mallet on this date in 1867.

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Mullin: Changing the game - Old, new, borrowed.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website, http://www.cfl.ca/.

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Jimmy, assistant voice of the Tampa Bay Juniors.



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On this date in 1883, Oscar Hammerstein patented the first cigar-rolling machine.


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Today in Elvis History:

1962 - Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm" was shipped with "Anything That's Part of You" as the B-side.

1963 - Elvis Presley had two dental crowns applied.

1970 - Elvis Presley began three days of performances at the Astrodome in Houston, TX. More than 200,000 people saw the shows.

1971 - Elvis Presley's album "Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) hit #12 in the U.S.

1990 - Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus shared his perspective on life with Time magazine. In the interview he said, "Musically, we're more talented than any Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney. Mick Jagger can't produce a sound. I'm the new Elvis."

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On this date in 1896, the "Charlotte Observer" published a picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith. The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm.

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Today in Beatles History:

1965 - "Beatles For Sale" hit number one on the U.K. Record Retailer chart.

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On this date in 1922, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.

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Today in Sports History:

1908 - Major league baseball adopted a sacrifice fly rule for the first time. It was repealed, reinstated and the changed several times before being permanently accepted in 1954.

1912 - The New York Yankees announced that they would be wearing pinstripes on their uniforms.

1963 - Mickey Mantle signed a contact with $100,000 with the New York Yankees.

1973 - Dick Allen (Chicago White Sox) signed a contract worth $250,000 a year for three years.

1977 - Stan Mikita (Chicago Blackhawks) scored his 500th goal.

1987 - The NCAA cancelled SMU's (Southern Methodist University) entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules on athletic corruption.

1996 - The Chicago Bulls reached 50 victories in 56 games to set an NBA record.

2001 - The New Jersey Devils began a streak of 10 consecutive road wins to tie the NHL record.

2002 - The Houston Astros announced that they had struck a deal with Enron to buy back the naming rights of their ballpark for $2.1 million. The ballpark would be called "Astros Field" until a new sponsor came along.

2003 - Emmitt Smith became a free agent for the first time when the Dallas Cowboys released him.

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Colin Prescot and Andy Elson set a new hot air balloon endurance record on this date in 1999, when they had been aloft for 233 hours and 55 minutes. The two were in the process of trying to circumnavigate the Earth.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 1:00pm EST

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 7:00pm (Followed immediately by deciding mini-game, if necessary)

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Hersey Devils 7:00pm EST

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

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That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.        

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