Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations












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

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Today is December 5th, the 339th day of 2011. There are 26 days left in the year.

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The Real Spiel: Malkin's more than a sidekick.

Predators' Tootoo to face disciplinary hearing.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com.

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Today's Birthdays: Singer Little Richard is 79; Comedian Margaret Cho is 43; Actor Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) is 26.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are on the road tonight to face the Ottawa Senators.

Read the preview right here.

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Today is National Comfort Food Day.

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U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Falls to Canada, 4-1,
in the Championship Game of the World Sledge Hockey Challenge

Lipsett Scores Lone Goal as Team USA Finishes in Second Place


CALGARY, Alta. -- Taylor Lipsett (Richardson, Texas) recorded the lone goal for Team USA, as the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team fell to Canada, 4-1, in the championship game of the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challege tonight at the WinSport Canada Ice Complex.

With the loss, Team USA fell to 3-0-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) overall in the tournament and finished in second place.

"We didn’t play the way that we know we can," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "Hopefully it’s a learning experience and we can get ready for the next time around."

Lipsett put Team USA ahead early when he scored from a sharp angle to the left side of the net just 53 seconds into the contest. But Canada scored at 14:44 to tie the game going into the first intermission.

Canada scored the lone goal of the second period at 8:18 to take a 2-1 lead. The host country then added two third-period goals to earn the 4-1 victory.

Team USA goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made 15 saves in the loss, while Canada's netminder Benoit St. Amand had 13 stops in the win.

NOTES: Taylor Lipsett was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power play ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #WSHC. For the full U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, click here ... Team USA finished third at last year's World Sledge Hockey Challenge, which took place in April 2011 in London, Ont. ... The IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship will take place this spring in Hamar, Norway ... Jeff Sauer, longtime men's collegiate head coach at the University of Wisconsin and Colorado College, is serving as head coach of Team USA, while Guy Gosselin, regional manager of USA Hockey's American Development Model, is taking on the role of assistant coach. The 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challege features teams from the Canada, Japan, Norway and the United States.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

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

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Lipsett (unassisted), 0:53. 2, CAN, Westlake (Bowden), 14:44. Penalties: CAN, Murray (roughing), 0:53; CAN, Grassi (interference), 4:35; USA, Chace (elbowing), 15:35; USA, Connelly (holding), 18:24.

Second Period – Scoring: 3, CAN, Westlake (Bowden), 8:18. Penalties: CAN, Westlake (roughing), 1:23; USA, Salamone (roughing), 1:23.

Third Period - Scoring: 4, CAN, Westlake (Bowden, Dixen), 4:25; 5, CAN, Bowden (unassisted), 5:20. Penalties: USA, Chace (hooking), 2:23; Landeros (10-minute misconduct), 10:31; CAN, Remple (roughing), 11:17; USA, Chace (roughing), 11:17; CAN, Westlake (holding), 11:59; USA, Lipsett (roughing), 17:16; CAN, Bridges (checking-from-behind), 17:16; CAN, Bridges (10-minute misconduct), 17:16.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 7 3 4 14
CAN 9 6 4 19

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Cash, 60:00 9/8 6/5 4/2 19/15
CAN, St. Amand, 60:00 7/6 3/3 4/4 14/13

Power Play: USA 0-3; CAN 0-3
Penalties: USA 7-22; CAN 7-22

Team USA 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge Schedule
Nov. 27 - Dec. 3 • Calgary, Alta. • WinSport Canada Ice Complex

Date Opponent Time (EST)/Result
Sun., Nov. 27 Norway W, 5-1
Mon., Nov. 28 Japan W, 6-2
Wed., Nov. 30 Canada L, 1-3
Thurs., Dec. 1 Norway (Semifinal) W, 7-2
Sat., Dec. 3 Canada (First-Place Game) L, 1-4

Phil Housley Named to IIHF Hall of Fame

Housley is the 20th American to be inducted

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Phil Housley, one of the greatest defensemen to ever play the game, has been selected to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame and will be formally inducted in a ceremony on May 20, 2012, in Helsinki, Finland, on the final day of the 76th IIHF Men's World Championship.

"Phil Housley had a spectacular career on the ice and continues to be an important contributor to the game as a coach," said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. "He is extremely deserving of a place in the IIHF Hall of Fame."

Housley represented the United States as a player on the world stage a total of 11 times during his career, including as a member of the U.S. team that captured the first-ever World Cup of Hockey title in 1996. He also helped the United States to a silver-medal finish at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Housley retired from the game in 2004 following a 21-year National Hockey League career and at the time was the NHL's all-time leader in points with (1,232) and games played (1,495) by an American-born player.

Since retiring, Housley, who is the head coach of the boys' varsity ice hockey team at Stillwater (Minn.) High School, has also served as an assistant coach for bronze medal-winning U.S. National Junior Teams at the 2007 and 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships.

The South St. Paul, Minn., native is the 20th American to be inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.

The five-member IIHF Hall of Fame Class of 2012 also includes players Raimo Helminen (Finland), Pavel Bure (Russia), Milan Novy (Czech Republic) and builder Andy Murray (Canada). In addition, Kent Angus from Nike has been named the recipient of the Paul Loicq Award for outstanding contributions to the IIHF and international hockey.

NOTES: Housley was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 2007, and is currently eligible for enshrinement into the Hockey Hall of Fame ... Other Americans in the IIHF Hall of Fame include Art Berglund, Herb Brooks, Walter Brown, Walter Bush Jr., Karyn Bye-Dietz, Bill Christian, Bill Cleary, Gerry Cosby, Jim Craig, Mike "Lefty" Curran, Cammi Granato, Mark Johnson, Jack McCartan, John Mayasich, Lou Nanne, Bob Ridder, Jack Riley, Hal Trumble, and Thayer Tutt.

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Today is Bathtub Party Day.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors met up with the Florida Eels this past weekend, with the Juniors winning all three games played.

On Saturday, a five-goal first period propelled the Empire South Juniors past the Eels 10-2. Nick Reed tallied 3 goals and 3 assists, Brendan Nicholson 2 goals and 2 assists, Michael Hirschauer scored twice, David Cross a goal and assist, Dustin Disbro 1 goal and 4 assists and Daniel Fritz 1 goal. Kyle Gertz stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced. For the Eels, Scott Perkins had a goal and assist and Sean Gawel 1 goal. Dylan Knox and Travus McDonald combined for 50 saves. Tampa Bay was 2 for 7 on the power play and 6-of-6 on the penalty kill.

In their only game of the weekend, the EJHL South Juniors scored 3 times in the second and twice more in the third to overcome a 2-1 deficit after one, squeaking by the Eels 6-5. Chase Anderson shined, with 3 goals and 2 assists. Jacob Holmes scored twice and James Gabrione tallied a goal and 4 assists and Paul Lochner had 4 assists. Braxton Schulz picked up the win with 40 saves. For the Eels, Yevginy Lymanskyy and Justin Boyd had a goal and 2 assists each, Cody Peakman had a goal and an assist and both Ed Streit and Shea Keller scored goals as well. Carl Boomhower had 34 saves. Tampa Bay was 3-for-6 on the power play and 6-of-6 on the penalty kill.

On Sunday, the Empire South Juniors scored twice in the first and twice more in the third, on their way to a 5-2 win over the Eels. Dustin Disbro scored both first period goals and added an assist, Wade Simon had a goal and an assist and both David Cross and Chad Page had goals. Aaron Wise played well in goal, stopping 30 of 32 shots. For the Eels, Nick Cormier and Joe Clemente scored goals and Jacob Widmer had 38 saves.
Tampa Bay was 0-for-1 on the power play, while the Eels were 1-for-4.

Coming up next weekend, the Tampa Bay Juniors travel to Lake Worth to meet the Palm Beach Hawks. Saturday's action begins at 5:00pm EST and Sunday's games get underway at 10:00am.

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Today is the Day of the Ninja.

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Jones, Himebauch join Argos coaching staff.

Bombers old and new still hurting from Grey Cup.

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

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Just like last year, my wife is giving me wine for Christmas. This year, her whine is, "You never buy me jewelry anymore!"

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The 2011 NFL season is underway. Here's the week thirteen results:

Week 13

All Times Eastern

Thursday, December 1st

At Seattle 31, Philadelphia 14

Sunday, December 4th

Carolina 38 at Tampa Bay 19
At Pittsburgh 35, Cincinnati 7
At Houston 17, Atlanta 10
NY Jets 34 Washington 19
At New England 31, Indianapolis 24
At Miami 34, Oakland 14
Denver 35 at Minnesota 32
Tennessee 23 at Buffalo 17
Kansas City 10 at Chicago 3
Baltimore 24 at Cleveland 10
At Arizona 19, Dallas 13 (OT)
Green Bay 38 at NY Giants 35
At San Francisco 26, St. Louis 0
At New Orleans 31, Detroit 17

Monday, December 5th

San Diego at Jacksonville

Week 14
All times Eastern

Thursday, Dec 8

Cleveland at Pittsburgh 8:20 PM

Sunday, December 11

Kansas City at NY Jets 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville 1:00 PM
New England at Washington 1:00 PM
Atlanta at Carolina 1:00 PM
Indianapolis at Baltimore 1:00 PM
Philadelphia at Miami 1:00 PM
Minnesota at Detroit 1:00 PM
New Orleans at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Houston at Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Chicago at Denver 4:05 PM
San Francisco at Arizona 4:05 PM
Buffalo at San Diego 4:15 PM
Oakland at Green Bay 4:15 PM
NY Giants at Dallas 8:20 PM

Monday, December 12

St. Louis at Seattle 8:30 PM

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Today is the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development.

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You surprised me Daddy.

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The U.S. Postal Service is planning to make huge cuts that will affect the quality of its delivery service. (In other words now would be an excellent time to put your Valentine cards in the mail.)

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Today in Elvis History:

1970 - The album "Elvis Back In Memphis" hit #183 in the U.S. The work was originally released as the second part of the album "From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis."

1981 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "The Ultimate Performance" hit #45 in the U.K.

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President Barack Obama has announced his Christmas vacation to Hawaii -- for a staggering 17-day trip. Obama will head to Honolulu on Saturday December 17 until Monday January 2.

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Today in Beatles History:

1969 - Ringo Starr and his family moved from Surrey, England to Roundhill (in London).

1980 - John Lennon gave his final "Rolling Stone" interview to Jonathan Cott. On the same day, Mark David Chapman left Honolulu to fly to New York City. Three days later Chapman killed John Lennon.

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James Van Doren, who designed the Vans line of shoes, has died of complications related to cancer. The rubber-soled canvas shoes became a mainstay among the California skateboarding community in the 1970s. But it wasn't until 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High that they became popular with people outside of the skateboarding culture.

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Today in Sports History:

1908 - At the University of Pittsburgh, numerals were first used on football uniforms worn by college football players.

1970 - The Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy and the Bill Masterson trophy were stolen from the NHL Hall of Fame.

1973 - Ron Santo became the first major league player to veto his trade.

1978 - Pete Rose signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. The contract was for four years and $3.2 million making Rose the highest paid athlete in team sports.

1982 - Mel Gray ended an NFL streak of 121 consecutive games with receptions.

1983 - Steve Howe (Los Angeles Dodgers) was suspended for 1 year for cocaine use.

1983 - The video arcade game "NFL Football" was unveiled in Chicago. It was the first video arcade game to be licensed by the National Football League.

1995 - Dan Marino (Miami Dolphins) passed for 300 yards in a game for the 52nd time to set an NFL record.

2000 - Karl Malone (Utah Jazz) moved past Wilt Chamberlain into second place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

2002 - Michal Handzus (Philadelphia Flyers) became only the second NHL player to score an overtime goal on a penalty shot. The Flyers beat the New York Rangers 3-2.

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TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN IS NO. 1 AGAIN - The weekend saw no new major films at the box office, opening the door for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 to take the No. 1 spot for the third straight weekend.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators 7:30pm EST

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders 7:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

College Football -- Army vs. Navy at Washington, D.C. 2:30pm EST

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 5:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Philadelphia Flyers 7:00pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 10:00am EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 1:00pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00pm EST

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That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so again tomorrow. Thanks again!

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