Sunday, January 22, 2012

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Today is January 22nd, the 22nd day of 2012. There are 344 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)


Rangers' Lundqvist, Maple Leafs' Lupul named assistant captains for 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend.

Crosby in California to see neurological spine specialist.

Visit the official league website,


Today is the start of National Activity Professionals Week (Linky Link), Kid Film Festival and National Nurse Anesthetists Week.


Glendale, AZ. -- Facing former teammate Mike Smith for the first time in his new role as Phoenix Coyotes goaltender, several Tampa Bay Lightning players said they hoped to sneak a few pucks past an old friend.

On Saturday night, they did just that.

Martin St. Louis and Steve Downie each had a goal and an assist, and Dwayne Roloson made 33 saves as the Lightning edged out a 4-3 victory against the Coyotes at Arena..

Read the rest here.


Today is Answer Your Cat's Questions Day, Celebration of Life Day and Roe vs. Wade Day.


U.S. Youth Olympic Boys' Ice Hockey Team Falls to Canada, 7-5,
in the Bronze-Medal Game of the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games

Team USA Outshoots Canada, 40-19, in Defeat

Innsbruck, Austria -- Despite outshooting Canada, 40-19, the U.S. Youth Olympic Boys' Ice Hockey Team fell to Canada, 7-5, in the bronze-medal game of the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games this afternoon at Tyrolean Ice Arena. Team USA finished the tournament in fourth place with a 2-0-0-4 (W-OTW-OTL-L) overall record.

"I'm proud of this team and the way they battled," said Ben Smith, head coach of the U.S. Youth Olympic Boys' Ice Hockey Team. "In our last two games, we trailed in the third period, but we never gave up. We gave ourselves a chance at the end of both games."

Canada held a 3-0 lead before Nate Billitier (Spencerport, N.Y.) put the U.S. on the board with seven seconds remaining in the opening frame. Ryan MacInnis (St. Louis, Mo.) added another goal for Team USA at 4:40 of the second period to make it a one-goal game, but Canada scored four straight markers and held a 7-2 lead at the second intermission.

Team USA outshot Canada, 18-5, in the final frame and tallied three unanswered goals. Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.) struck first at 1:44 and Nicholas Magyar (Mentor, Ohio) followed suit with a goal at 8:54. Nick Schmaltz (Verona, Wis.) made it a two-goal game with a power-play marker at 13:31, but the U.S. was unable to find the back of the net again and Canada held on for the 7-5 win.

Logan Halladay (Cary, N.C.) made 12 saves for the U.S., while Keven Bouchard made 35 saves for Canada.

NOTES: Jack Eichel was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Eichel, Ryan MacInnis and Nick Schmaltz each recorded a goal and an assist for Team USA ... The U.S. went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Canada went 2-for-6 with the man advantage ... Team USA's results at the Winter Youth Olympic Games are below ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... Gold medal-winning coach Ben Smith, was at the reigns of Team USA, while Stephen Greenberg served as team leader ... Serving on the support staff was equipment manager Bob Webster and athletic trainer Stan Wong ... The boys' hockey competition at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games included teams from Austria, Canada, Finland, Russia and the United States.


Scoring By Period

USA 1- 1- 3- 5
CAN 3- 4- 0- 7

First Period - Scoring: 1, CAN, Cornel (Gardiner, Hicketts), 4:19, (pp); 2, CAN, Pilon (Gardiner, Cornel), 6:58; 3, CAN, Gropp (Gardiner, Pilon), 13:22, (pp); 4, USA, Billitier (Baughman), 14:53. Penalties: USA, Fiegl (delay of game), 3:11; CAN, Carrick (delay of game), 8:44; USA, Wegwerth (slashing), 12:23.

Second Period - Scoring: 5, USA, MacInnis (Eichel), 4:40; 6, CAN, Brooks (Duke, Martin), 6:27; 7, CAN, Gardiner (Hicketts, Brooks), 7:35; 8, CAN, Gropp (unassisted), 8:10; 9, CAN, Gropp (Gardiner), 10:40. Penalties: CAN, Bench (too many players on the ice), 11:29; USA, Bliss (hooking), 12:42; USA, Gersich (hooking), 15:00.

Third Period - Scoring: 10, USA, Eichel (Schmaltz), 1:44; 11, USA, Magyar (Jacobs, Wegwerth), 8:54; 12, USA, Schmaltz (unassisted), (pp). Penalties: CAN, Hicketts (slashing), 0:29; CAN, Brooks (holding the stick), 10:06; USA, Schmaltz (slashing), 11:27; USA, Schmaltz (tripping), 14:52.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 13 9 18 40
CAN 7 7 5 19

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
CAN, Bouchard, 45:00 13/12 9/8 18/15 40/35
USA, Halladay, 43:39 7/4 7/3 5/5 19/12

Power Play: USA 1-4; CAN 2-6
Penalties: USA 6-12; CAN 4-8

Team USA 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games Schedule
Jan. 13-22 • Innsbruck, Austria • Tyrolean Ice Arena

Date Opponent Results

Sat., Jan. 14 Austria W, 7-2
Sun., Jan 15 Canada L, 1-5
Tues., Jan. 17 Finland W, 5-4
Wed., Jan. 18 Russia L, 1-7
Fri., Jan. 20 Russia (Semifinal)L, 2-5
Sat., Jan. 21 Canada (Bronze-Medal Game)L, 5-7


James Shields began a term as a U.S. Senator from Missouri on this date in 1879. He had previously served Illinois and Minnesota. He was the first Senator to serve three states.


Need for speed: Riders aim to get faster.

Bombers name Jim Bell new VP and COO.

Visit the leagues' official website,


The Columbia Phonograph Company was formed in Washington, DC on this date in 1889.


The 2011 NFL playoffs are underway. Here's the Conference Finals Week schedule:

Conference Playoffs

All times Eastern

January 22nd

Baltimore at New England 3:00pm
New York Giants at San Francisco 6:30pm


KTLA, Channel 5, in Hollywood, CA, began operation as the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River on this date in 1947.


Jimmy found a pole to play with.


Raymond Burr starred as Captain Lee Quince in the "Fort Laramie" debut on CBS radio on this date in 1956.


Today in Elvis History

1963 - Elvis Presley recorded the song "Bossa Nova Baby." The single was released in October 1963.

1966 - The soundtrack to the Elvis Presley film "Harem Holiday" hit #11 in the U.K.

1969 - Elvis Presley recorded his single "Suspicious Minds."


"Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", debuted on NBC TV on this date in 1968.


Today in Beatles History:

1968 - Apple Corps opened its first London headquarters.

1969 - The Beatles began recording what would become "Let It Be."

1981 - A picture of John Lennon naked appeared in his obituary issue of Rolling Stone.


The first regularly scheduled commercial flight of the Boeing 747 began in New York City and ended in London about 6 1/2 hours later on this date in 1970.


Today in Sports History:

1951 - Fidel Castro was ejected from a Winter League baseball game after hitting a batter. He later gave up baseball for politics.

1959 - British world racing champion Mike Hawthorn was killed while driving on the Guildford bypass.

1960 - The 10th NBA All-Star Game was played. The East beat the West 125-115 in Philadelphia.

1961 - Wilma Rudolph, set a world indoor record in the women’s 60-yard dash. She ran the race in 6.9 seconds.

1968 - The NBA awarded franchises to Milwaukee and Phoenix.

1973 - Joe Frazier lost the first fight of his professional career to George Foreman. He had been the undefeated heavyweight world champion since February 16, 1970 when he knocked out Jimmy Ellis. The event was HBO's first televised boxing match.

1982 - Reggie Jackson, a free agent at the time, ended five seasons as a New York Yankee when he signed a four-year contract with the California Angels.

1983 - Houston became the first NBA team to not score a point in overtime. They lost to the Portland Trail Blazers after being outscored 17-0 in overtime.

1983 - Bjorn Borg retired from tennis. He had set a record by winning 5 consecutive Wimbledon championships.

1984 - Barry Manilow sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XVIII.

1984 - Annette Kennedy (State University of New York) set a woman's collegiate basketball record when she scored 70 points.

1998 - Minnesota's new NHL franchise selected the nickname Wild.

2001 - Former National Football League (NFL) player Rae Carruth was sentenced to a minimum 18 years and 11 months in prison for his role in the 1999 shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams. Adams died a month later from her wounds. The baby survived and lives with the victim's mother.

2002 - Pat Summerall announced that he would leave his NFL broadcasting partner, John Madden, after they called the Super Bowl for Fox Sports. The two had worked together for 21 years.

2002 - Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson held a press conference to announce an upcoming fight. After an altercation the fight was delayed until June when Lewis knocked Tyson out in the eighth round.

2002 - Theo Fleury (New York Rangers) made an obscene gesture to fans at the end of a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders. The next day the NHL fined Fleury $1,000.

2003 - Michael Jordan (Washington Wizards) became the third highest all-time scorer in the NBA.

2006 - Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. It was the second highest point total in NBA history. Wilt Chamberlain had scored 100 points in a single game in 1962.


Marc Chagall's work "Study for 'Over Vitebsk" was found at a postal installation in Topeka, KS on this date in 2002. The 8x10 oil painting is valued at about $1 million. The work was stolen a year before form the Jewish Museum in New York City.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Jr. Knights 11:30pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Jr. Knights 2:15pm EST

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus Blue Jackets 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 5:00pm EST

Sunday --

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 11:15am EST

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Junior Blades 1:30pm EST

NHL Hockey -- All Star Game at Kanata, Ontario 4:00pm EST


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

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