Thursday, February 3, 2011

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


Today is February 3rd, the 34th day of 2011. There are 331 days left in the year.





Franzen gets five to lead Wings past Senators.

Pens' Johnson trades shutout for knockout.

Habs move past Rangers with win over Panthers.

Canucks roll to victory in Phoenix.

Smyth's pair leads Kings to win in Edmonton.

Sharks hang on to beat Ducks.


Today's Birthdays: Actress Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents movies, mother of Gwyneth Paltrow) is 68; actress Morgan Fairchild is 61; actor Nathan Lane (The Producers) is 55; actress Maura Tierney (ER, Newsradio) is 46; actress Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers, Definitely Maybe) is 35.


U.S. Women's National University Team Earns 8-1 Win over Great Britain at 2011 Winter World University Games
Team USA Advances to Semifinal Round on Friday

ERZURUM, Turkey – Ramey Weaver (Eagle River, Alaska/Robert Morris University Illinois) scored the game-winning goal and collected an assist, as the U.S. Women's National University Team earned an 8-1 win over Great Britain here today at the 2011 Winter World University Games. With the victory, the U.S. improved to 2-0-0-3 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and advanced to the semifinal round on Friday (Feb. 4).

"It looked like we had more jump in our step today, so we're back on track and feeling great," said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the 2011 U.S. Women's National University Team. "We'll relish this for a little while and then get ready for the next game."

Team USA opened the scoring just 46 seconds into the first period while on the power play. Weaver passed the puck to Megan Winters (Basking Ridge, N.J./Northeastern University), who fired a slap shot from the high slot that beat Great Britain goalie Laura Saunders for the early lead.

Midway through the opening frame, Weaver scored the eventual game-winning goal on a feed from Ashley Rumsey (West Olive, Mich./Grand Valley State University).

Great Britain scored early in the second period, but Team USA responded with two quick goals just 39 seconds apart to gain a 4-1 advantage. Following a Shea Crawford (Selbyville, Del./Lindenwood University) 4-on-4 tally, Rumsey notched her second goal of the game off a rebound after Allysson Arcibal's (Vista, Calif./Lindenwood University) initial shot was blocked away by Saunders.

Just over three minutes later, Terra Payne (Gaylord, Mich./Michigan State University) extended the U.S. lead to 5-1 heading into the final frame.

Charlotte Hoium (Falcon Heights, Minn./Michigan State University) notched a a power-play goal early in the third period and Christina Young (Stafford, Va./Michigan State University) followed with a goal 48 seconds later off a slap shot from the point to put Team USA ahead, 7-1.

Sarah Jensen (Albert Lea, Minn./South Dakota State University) finished off the scoring with just under six minutes remaining in regulation.

Katie Vaughan (South Park, Pa./Penn State University) made 11 saves in the win for the U.S., while Saunders stopped 43 shots in the loss for Great Britain.

NOTES: Team USA's semifinal opponent will be determined later today ... The U.S. outshot Great Britain, 51-12 ... Team USA finished 2-for-2 on the power play, while Great Britain was 0-for-3 with the man advantage ... The 2011 Winter World University Games marks the first time the U.S. is sending a women's team after women's ice hockey was added to the tournament in 2009 ... The complete U.S. roster can be found here and information on the schools and states represented can be found here ... Mo Stroemel, who is beginning his fourth season as head coach of the Penn State University Lady Icers, is serving as head coach of the 2011 U.S. Women's National University Team, while Vince O'Mara, head coach of the Lindenwood University women's ice hockey team, and Cory Whitaker, head coach of the Grand Valley State University women's ice hockey team, are serving as assistant coaches ... USA Hockey coverage of the U.S. Men's and Women's National University Teams throughout the 2011 Winter World University Games can be found on the tournament homepage; on the Team USA - World University Games blog; on USA Hockey's Facebook page; and by following #WUG on Twitter ...The Winter World University Games is a biannual multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The international competition is staged in both the summer and the winter, similar to the Olympic Games. For more information on the 2011 Winter World University Games, click here.


Scoring By Period

GBR 0 - 1 - 0 - 1
USA 2 - 3 - 3 - 8

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Winters (Weaver), 0:46 (pp); 2, USA, Weaver (Rumsey, Wynn), 9:31. Penalties: GBR, Farman (tripping), 0:18; USA, Minnie (roughing), 5:58; USA, Hoium (high-sticking), 13:43.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, GBR, Farman (Williams), 2:27; 4, USA, Crawford (unassisted), 11:00; 5, USA, Rumsey (Arcibal, Young), 11:39; 6, USA, Payne (Minnie, Rohlik), 4:54. Penalties: USA, Hoium (slashing), 9:41; GBR, Turner (cross-checking), 9:41.

Third Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Hoium (Reihl), 1:59 (pp); 7, USA, Young (Arcibal), 2:47; 8, USA, Jensen (unassisted), 14:05. Penalties: GBR, Howton (hooking), 0:29; USA, Hoium (slashing), 4:47.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
GBR 6 3 3 12
USA 14 22 15 51

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
GBR, Saunders, 60:00 14-12 22-19 15-12 51-43
USA, Vaughan, 60:00 6-6 3-2 3-3 12-11

Power Play: GBR 0-3; USA 2-2
Penalties: GBR 3-6; USA 4-8
Referee: Zuzanna Findorova
Linesmen: Merve Sarimert, Karolin Strom
Attendance: 1500

2011 Winter World University Games
Women's Team USA Schedule
Jan. 27-Feb. 6 • Cemal G├╝rsel Sport Complex • Erzurum, Turkey

Date Opponent Time (Local/EST)/Result
Thu., Jan 27 Slovakia L, 1-5
Fri., Jan. 28 Turkey W, 15-0
Sun., Jan. 30 Finland L, 1-3
Mon., Jan. 30 Canada L, 0-9
Wed., Feb. 2 Great Britain W, 8-1
Fri., Feb. 4 Semifinals TBD
Sat., Feb. 5 Bronze-Medal Game 9:30 a.m./2:30 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game 1 p.m./6 a.m.


Today marks the Chinese New Year (Year of the Metal Rabbit).


Black Hawks weekly notebook.

UND's Danny Kristo hospitalized with frostbite.

Lancers hope to extend streak.

Google search leads to Konrad Reeder.

Mayfield happy USHL is recognized by NHL Central Scouting.

Stalock earns win in NHL debut.

Black Hawks take advantage of snow day.


According to a new study in England, drinking coffee improves women's brainpower in stressful situations, but makes men slower with comprehension.


Frazier back to bolster secondary.

Get your Rider gear here.


An overdue pregnant woman braved the snow-covered streets of Chicago and walked herself to the hospital just in time to give birth. Now what will she name this snow baby?


Veteran lineman Lazeo announces retirement.

Als sign five, including pair of ex-NFLers.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the league's official website,


For its March issue, Vanity Fair has ranked the Top 40 most Powerful acts in Hollywood and James Cameron takes the top honor with $257 million in earnings. Johnny Depp brought in $100 million.


Let's play cards Daddy.


Here's the NFL Wild Card Round schedule:

At Seattle Seahawks 41, New Orleans Saints 36

New York Jets 17 at Indianapolis Colts 16

Baltimore Ravens 30 at Kansas City Chiefs 7

Green Bay Packers 21 at Philadelphia Eagles 16

Here's the NFL Divisional Round Schedule:

At Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Baltimore Ravens 24

Green Bay Packers 48 at Atlanta Falcons 21

At Chicago Bears 35, Seattle Seahawks 24

New York Jets 28 at New England Patriots 21

Here's the NFL Championship Round Schedule:

Green Bay Packers 21 at Chicago Bears 14

At Pittsburgh Steelers 24, New York Jets 19

Super Bowl XLV:

Sunday, February 6th 6:30pm Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium


Today in Elvis History:

1957 - "The New York Times" ran a story entitled "Presley Records a Craze in Soviet Union." The article was about bootleg records being made in the Soviet Union since Elvis records were not legally available.

1962 - Elvis Presley's single "Can't Help Falling In Love" hit #2 in the U.S.

1973 - Elvis Presley's single "Separate Ways" hit #20 in the U.S.


I hate to be a Super Bowl bummer, but a health expert says for every chicken wing with blue cheese dip you eat during the game Sunday you'll have to walk 2,750 steps to burn it off.


Today in Beatles History:

1966 - Paul McCartney attended a performance of Stevie Wonder at the Scotch of St. James' Club in London. McCartney met the 15-year-old Wonder backstage.

1968 - At Abbey Road, the Beatles recorded "Lady Madonna" in three takes.

1969 - John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison hired Allen Klein as the Beatles' business manager. McCartney disagreed with the decision, leading to further divisions among the group.

2004 - "The Beatles - The First U.S. Visit" was released on DVD. The DVD included 81 minutes of black and white footage and a 51-minute "Making of Feature."


On Friday a Barbara Walters special will air where she interviews people who have had open-heart surgery. (Including the half-sister she never knew about.)


Today in Sports History:

1876 - Albert Spalding and his brother started a sporting goods store. They manufactured the first official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball and football.

1912 - In the U.S., professional football set some new rules. The field was shortened to 100 yards, touchdowns were to be worth six points instead of five, four downs would be allowed instead of three and the kickoff was moved from midfield to the 40 yard line.

1944 - Syd Howe (Detroit Red Wings) scored six goals in a 12-6 win over the New York Rangers.

1951 - Dick Button won the U.S. figure skating title for the sixth time.

1972 - The first Winter Olympics in Asia were held at Sapporo, Japan.

1979 - The Minnesota Twins traded Rod Carew to California for four players.

1984 - At Madison Square Garden in New York City Carl Lewis beat his own world record in the long jump by 9-1/4 inches.

1990 - Darryl Strawberry (New York Mets) voluntarily entered an Alcohol rehab center.

1998 - Dino Ciccarelli (Florida Panthers) became the 9th NHL player to score 600 career goals.

2001 - The XFL debuted. The Las Vegas Outlaws beat the New York/New Jersey Hitman 19-0 and the Orlando Rage beat the Chicago Enforcers 33-29.

2002 - The New England Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVI 20-17 over the Los Angeles Rams. It was the first Super Bowl win for the Patriots. The game ended with a last second field goal. Britney Spears performed the national anthem.


Today is the start of Boy Scout Anniversary Week.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'  

Friday --

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

Saturday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 3:30pm EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

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

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

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 3:00pm EST


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

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