Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations













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

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Today is January 2nd, the 2nd day of 2012. There are 364 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)

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Report: NHL investigating Barch-Subban incident.

Devils' Henrique named NHL Rookie of the Month.

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

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This is Apples and Apricots Month.

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Tampa FL. -- The St. Pete Times Forum officially became the Tampa Bay Times Forum on January 1, 2012, Tampa Bay Lightning Chief Executive Office Tod Leiweke announced today. The name change occurs as the arena’s naming rights partner, the St. Petersburg Times, changes the name of the newspaper to the Tampa Bay Times, adopting a name that reflects the region that the Times reaches on a daily basis.

Read the rest here.

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Today is the start of Someday We'll Laugh About This Week and New Year's Resolutions Week.

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U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Shuts Out Sweden, 7-0,
at 2012 IIHF Women's World U18 Championship
Skarupa Scores Three Goals to Lead Team USA to Victory.

ZLIN, Czech Republic -- Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) scored her second hat trick in as many days to lead the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team to a 7-0 victory over Sweden in its second preliminary-round game of the 2012 IIHF Women's World U18 Championship.

"In the first five minutes of the game, we wanted to dictate play and get them back on their heels," said Heather Linstad, head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team. "The first three lines went over the boards and had great energy. Sweden put some great pressure on us, but I thought we came out fast in the first 10 minutes of the game and set the tone."

Team USA captain Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) put the U.S. on the board with a backhand shot at 9:38 of the first period. Dana Trivigno (Setauket, N.Y.) added to the U.S. lead when she deflected a shot from the blue line under Sweden netminder Jessica Hjorth's glove to earn a power-play marker at 11:54. Skarupa fired a wristshot from the right crease for her fourth goal of the tournament, giving the U.S. a three-goal lead at the end of the opening frame.

After a scoreless second period, Skarupa struck for her second goal of the game on a rebound at 1:41 of the third period. Anne Pankowski (Laguna Hills, Calif.) scored back-to-back goals, the first coming at 9:34 on the power play and the second at 16:04. Skarupa secured the win with her third goal to complete her second hat trick in two days.

Brianna Laing (Marblehead, Mass.) stopped all 10 shots to earn the shutout in the U.S. victory, while Hjorth made 49 saves for Sweden.

Team USA, which holds a 2-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) overall record, will play its third preliminary-round game of the 2012 IIHF Women's World U18 Championship Tuesday (Jan. 3) against the Czech Republic at 1 p.m. EST.

NOTES: Anne Pankowski was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Haley Skarupa, Dana Trivigno and Paige Savage lead the tournament in scoring with six points ... The U.S. went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Sweden went 0-for-2 with the man advantage ... Team USA recorded 56 shots on goal, while Sweden had 10 ... Alex Carpenter is Team USA's captain ... The IIHF U18 Women's World Championship, being played for the fifth time, includes teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009) as well as last season (2011). In 2010, the team took home the silver medal ... Heather Linstad, head women's ice hockey coach at the University of Connecticut, is the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team for the 2011-12 season. She is assisted by Joel Johnson and Hilary Witt ... To follow the team in the Czech Republic, check out the U.S. Women's National Program blog by clicking here ... Post-game video interviews can be found by clicking here.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 3 - 0 - 4 - 7
SWE 0 - 0- 0 - 0

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Carpenter (Kennedy-Menefee, Pankowski), 9:38; 2, USA, Trivigno (Stecklein, Kennedy-Menefee), 11:54 (pp); 3, USA, Skarupa (Savage, Trivigno), 18:26. Penalties: SWE, Lindberg (tripping), 4:19; SWE, Backlin (delay of game), 4:31; SWE, Carlsson (hooking), 10:20; USA, Cameranesi (slashing), 12:05.

Second Period - No Scoring. Penalties: SWE, Ekstrom (tripping), 7:37; USA, LaShomb (holding the stick), 11:25.

Third Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Skarupa (Savage, Trivigno), 1:41; 5, USA, Pankowski (Burke), 9:34 (pp); 6, USA Pankowski (Carpenter), 16:104; 7, USA, Skarupa (Savage), 16:13. Penalties: SWE, Lindberg (tripping), 19:22.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 24 10 22 56
SWE 2 6 2 10

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Laing, 60:00 2-2 6-6 2-2 10-10
SWE, Hjorth, 60:00 24-21 10-10 22-18 56-49

Power Play: USA 1-4; SWE 0-2
Penalties: USA 2-4; SWE 4-8

Team USA 2012 Women's World Under-18 Championship Schedule
Prerov and Zlin, Czech Republic

Date Opponent Time (Local/EST) Result
Sat., Dec. 31 Russia  W, 8-0
Sun., Jan. 1 Sweden  W, 7-0
Tues., Jan. 3 Czech Republic 7 p.m./1 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 4 Quarterfinal 1 3 p.m./9 a.m.
Quarterfinal 2 7 p.m./1 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 6 Semifinal 1 3 p.m./9 a.m.
Semifinal 2 7 p.m./1 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 7 Bronze-Medal Game 3 p.m./9 a.m. Game Blog
Gold-Medal Game 7 p.m./1 p.m. Game Blog

U.S. National Under-17 Team Skates Past Canada West, 7-3,
in 2012 World Under-17 Challenge

Compher Records Four Point Night in Team USA Victory

TECUMSEH, Ont. - J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) tallied one goal and collected three assists, as the U.S. National Under-17 Team skated past Canada West, 7-3, at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge here tonight at Tecumseh Arena. With the win, Team USA improves to 2-1-0-0 (W-L-OTL-T).

"This was a crucial and hard-fought win for us tonight," said Don Granato, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "It was a good effort put forth by both teams and now we look forward to another exciting match-up with Canada Pacific tomorrow."

Team USA jumped out to a quick lead at 2:10 of the opening frame when Connor Chatham (Belleville, Ill.) tipped a Keaton Thompson (Devils Lake, N.D.) slapshot into the net. The power-play tally was also assisted by Luke Voltin (Blaine, Minn.). After two consecutive penalties by the U.S., Canada West earned a two-man advantage and converted on the opportunity to tie the game. Team USA regained the lead at 16:33 when Compher flipped his own rebound from behind the net off the back of Canada West goaltender Austin Lotz. Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.) and Thompson assisted on the goal.

Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.) tipped the puck in at 7:06 of the second stanza to give Team USA a two-goal lead. Compher and Butcher assisted on the power-play tally. Canada West responded six seconds later on a long shot that took a favorable bounce over goaltender Hunter Miska's (North Branch, Minn.) shoulder. Traffic in front of the net and a scramble for the puck led to Voltin potting a goal for the U.S. Chatham and Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) collected assists on the goal as Team USA enjoyed a 4-2 lead heading into the second intermission.

Midway through the third period, Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) clanked the puck off the post and the ensuing rush back by Canada West resulted in a goal. Team USA answered when Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn.) jammed the puck past Lotz. Fasching's marker was assisted by Scott Savage (San Clemente, Calif.). Louis scored his second goal of the contest when he one-timed a rebound into the top corner of the net on the power play. Compher and Fasching registered assists on the play. Louis completed the hat trick at 17:06 with his third power-play marker. Butcher and Compher assisted and the U.S. skated away with a 7-3 victory over Canada West.

Miska stopped 14 shots for the U.S. in the victory, while Lotz made 38 saves for Canada West in the loss.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team will continue tournament play against Canada Pacific tomorrow (Jan. 2) at 7 p.m. EST. The game will be held at the Tecumseh Arena in Tecumseh, Ont. A full schedule is below.

NOTES: J.T. Compher was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The U.S. went 4-for-10 on the power play, while Canada West went 1-for-4 with the man advantage ... Team USA recorded 45 shots on goal, while Canada West had 17 ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... The 2012 World Under-17 Challenge includes two pools of five teams. Pool A consists of teams from Canada Atlantic, Germany, Canada Quebec, Canada Ontario and Sweden. Pool B consists of teams from the Czech Republic, Canada Pacific, Russia, Canada West and the United States ... Exclusive videos will be posted on the USA Hockey YouTube channel under the World Under-17 Challenge playlist ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #U17CHAL ... All games during the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be available via live webcast at FASTHockey.com ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Facebook page ... The U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams train with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary new software program released on October 1, 2010 that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

WST 1 - 1 - 1 - 3
USA 2 - 2 - 3 - 7

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Chatham (Thompson, Voltin), 2:10, (pp); 2, WST, Laurencelle (Forsberg, Stoykewych), 10:33, (5-on-3); 3, USA, Compher (Butcher, Thompson), 16:33. Penalties: WST, Bowey (cross-checking), 0:39; USA, Thompson (holding), 8:51; USA, Hamilton (slashing), 9:03; WST, Stoykewych (interference), 11:54; USA, Cook (cross-checking), 16:17; WST, Forsberg (slashing), 16:17; WST, Hansen (roughing-after-whistle), 19:54.

Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Louis (Compher, Butcher), 7:06; 5, WST, Doetzel (unassisted), 7:12; 6, USA, Voltin (Chatham, Allen), 7:55. Penalties: WST, Martin (hooking), 3:16; WST, Williams (hooking), 6:47; WST, Stoykewych (clipping), 8:46; USA, Motte (high-sticking), 11:39; WST, Stoykewych (interference), 19:20.

Third Period - Scoring: 7, WST, Millette (Hansen, Stockl), 8:27; 8, USA, Fasching (Savage), 9:19; 9, USA, Louis (Compher, Fasching), 13:49, (pp); 10, USA, Louis (Butcher, Compher), 17:06, (pp). Penalties: USA, McCarron (high-sticking), 10:27; WST, Laurencelle (tripping), 12:28; WST, Wand (interference), 16:49; WST, Martin (charging), 19:03.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
WST 7 3 7 17
USA 17 9 19 45

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
WST, Lotz, 60:00 17/15 9/7 19/16 45/38
USA, Miska, 60:00 7/6 3/2 7/6 17/14

Power Play: USA 4-10; WST 1-4
Penalties: USA 5-10; WST 11-22

Team USA 2012 World Under-17 Challenge Schedule
Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 4, 2012 • Windsor, Ont.

Date Opponent Location
Time (ET)/Result

Wed., Dec. 28* Canada Atlantic (exh.) Vollmer Culture & Rec Complex W, 6-1
Thurs., Dec 29 Czech Republic Vollmer Culture & Rec Complex W, 5-1
Fri., Dec. 30 Russia WFCU Centre L, 2-3
Sun., Jan. 1 Canada West Tecumseh Arena W, 7-3
Mon., Jan. 2 Canada Pacific Tecumseh Arena 7:00 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 3 Semi-Final WFCU Centre 2:00 p.m./7:00 p.m.
Weds., Jan. 4 Bronze Medal Game WFCU Centre 2:00 p.m.
Weds., Jan. 4 Gold Medal Game WFCU Centre 7:00 p.m.
*Pre-tournament game in LaSalle, Ontario.

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January is Artichoke and Asparagus Month.

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

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This is Bath Safety Month.

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

Week 17 (Final week of regular season)

Sunday, January 1st

At New Orleans 45, Carolina 17
At New England 49, Buffalo 21
Chicago 17 at Minnesota 13
At Miami 19, NY Jets 17
San Francisco 34 at St. Louis 27
At Green Bay 45, Detroit 41
At Atlanta 45, Tampa Bay 24
Baltimore 24 at Cincinnati 16
Pittsburgh 13 at Cleveland 9
At NY Giants 34, Dallas 21
At Philadelphia 34, Washington 10
At Jacksonville 19, Indianapolis 13
Tennessee 23 at Houston 22
At Arizona 23, Seattle 20 (OT)
Kansas City 7 at Denver 3
San Diego 38 at Oakland 26

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This is Be Kind to Food Server's Month, Book Blitz Month, California Dried Plum Digestive Month, Celebration of Life Month and Cervical Cancer Screening Month.

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Atlanta, GA. -- It is sure to wind up on one of those NFL blooper videos. At the very least it's worthy of a "C'mon, Man!" segment on Monday Night Countdown.

Bucs running back Kregg Lumpkin saw the blitz and did his job, curling out of the backfield and turning to look for the pass over the middle that had already left the hand of quarterback Josh Freeman.

But that was before he was splattered like a bug on a windshield by his teammate, tight end Kellen Winslow, who missed an assignment and ran the wrong route on an audible by Freeman.

The collision resulted in a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown by Atlanta linebacker Curtis Lofton, part of a 42-0 deficit that became a 45-24 loss by the Bucs (4-12) to the playoff-bound Falcons on Sunday.

Read the rest here.

This just in....

Tampa, FL. -- Raheem Morris had a pretty good idea when he walked into a meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers owners Monday he would not be leaving as their head coach.

One year after leading the Bucs to their biggest single-season turnaround in victories in club history, Morris and the Bucs entire coaching staff was fired Monday.

Morris said he was informed at 11:59 a.m. at meeting with Bucs co-chairmen Bryan, Joel and Ed Glazer.

Read the rest here.

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January is International Wealth Mentality Month, National Be On-Purpose Month, National Clean Up Your Computer Month, National Get Organized Month, National Glaucoma Awareness Month, National Hot Tea Month, National Mail Order Gardening Month, National Mentoring Month (Linky Link), National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month, National Stalking Awareness Month (Linky Link) and National Polka Music Month (Linky Link).

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Look Daddy, I got some super-duper scissors.

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Today is National Buffet Day. (Linky Link)

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis went to Memphis for a five day tour with Johnny Cash and other Louisianna Hayride stars.

1965 - Elvis Presley's soundtrack "Roustabout" hit #1 on the U.S. charts. It was knocked out of first place the next week by the Beatles' "Beatles '65."

1972 - Elvis gave Muhammad Ali a $10000 robe with "The Peoples Champion" inscribed on it. Ali wore the robe on March 31, 1973 when he lost to Ken Norton.

2007 - A remastered version of the original "Essential Elvis Presley" was released.

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Today is National Weigh-In Day.

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Today in Beatles History:

1968 - Newark, NJ, police confiscated a shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's album "Two Virgins." The album featured a nude cover.

1975 - U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen ruled in New York, that John Lennon and his lawyers will have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case.

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Today is Thank God It's Monday Day, Happy Mew Year for Cats Day, National Motivation and Inspiration Day (Linky Link), National Personal Trainer Awareness Day (Linky Link) and 55-MPH Speed Limit Day.

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Today in Sports History:

1953 - The Baltimore Bullets (NBA) began a 32 game road losing streak.

1957 - Gene Fullmer defeated Sugar Ray Robinson to win the middleweight boxing title.

1965 - "Broadway" Joe Namath signed the richest rookie contract ($400,000) in the history of pro football.

1971 - In Glasgow, Scotland, 66 people were crushed when fans trying to leave encountered fans trying to return after hearing that a late goal had been scored.

1972 - Elvis Presley gave Muhammad Ali a $10000 robe with "People's Champion" inscribed on it. Ali wore the robe on March 31, 1973 when he lost to Ken Norton.

1982 - The New York Islanders began a 23 undefeated home streak.

1983 - Ken Anderson (Cincinnati Bengals) completed 20 consecutive passes to set an NFL record for passing accuracy.

1985 - The Rebels of UNLV beat Utah State in three overtime periods. The final score of 142-140 set a new NCAA record for total points in a basketball game (282). The game took over three hours to play.

1986 - Mike Bossy (New York Islanders) scored his 500th career NHL goal.

2002 - Mike Modano (Dallas Stars) scored his 400th career NHL goal. Modano became only the fourth United States-born player to reach 400 goals.

2002 - Ron Francis (Carolina Hurricanes) scored his 500th career NHL goal. Francis became only the fifth player in NHL history to reach 500 goals and 1,000 assists.

2003 - It was announced that Bill Parcells would be the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

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January is Financial Awareness Month, Get Organized Month, International Change Your Stars Month, International Creativity Month, International Quality of Life Month and International Wayfinding Month.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

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

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Junior Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors Empire South and EJHL South teams at EJHL Showcase at N.E.S.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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

Sunday --

Junior Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors Empire South and EJHL South teams at EJHL Showcase at N.E.S.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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

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