Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations

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


Today is January 16th, the 16th day of 2012. There are 350 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)


Byers to face hearing with Player Safety Monday.

Dallas forward Jamie Benn has appendectomy.

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Today's Birthdays: Auto racing legend A.J. Foyt is 77; Director John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York) is 64; Model Kate Moss is 38; Baseball's Albert Pujols is 32.


Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning stood tall early in the third period before falling short late.

The Lightning erased a three-goal deficit with 13:10 remaining in regulation, but couldn’t hold off a late surge by the Pittsburgh Penguins, who earned a 6-3 victory at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Sunday afternoon.

“You’ve got to dig deep to get rid of the negative side of starting from behind,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said. “It’s emotionally draining, yes, but we fight it and always fight to come back. We give ourselves a chance and we did again tonight.”

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Today is Appreciate a Dragon Day, Martin Luther King Day, Nothing Day, Robert E. Lee Day and Religious Freedom Day.


U.S. Youth Olympic Boys' Ice Hockey Team Falls to Canada, 5-1,
at 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games

Clarke Scores Lone Goal for Team USA

INNSBRUCK, Austria - Blake Clarke (Wildwood, Mo.) scored the lone goal for Team USA, as the U.S. Youth Olympic Boys' Ice Hockey Team fell to Canada, 5-1, at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games this evening at Tyrolean Ice Arena. Team USA dropped to 1-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in preliminary-round play with the defeat.

"I hope we learned that we have to play smarter and harder in this tournament," said Ben Smith, head coach of the U.S. Youth Olympic Boys' Ice Hockey Team. "Moving forward, we need to regroup and grow as a team."

Canada held a 1-0 lead at the first intermission and added another tally at 1:30 of the second period. Clarke brought Team USA within a goal when he fired a shot from the left faceoff dot that beat Canada's goaltender shortside.

The U.S. surrenderd a goal with less than two minutes remaining in the second period and Canada tacked on a pair of power-play tallies late in the final frame to secure the victory. Logan Halladay (Cary, N.C.) and Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) combined to make 22 saves, while Keven Bouchard made 15 saves for Canada.

The U.S. Youth Olympic Boys' Ice Hockey Team will face Finland on Tuesday (Jan. 17) at 9:45 a.m. EST. A full schedule and results are below.

NOTES: Ryan MacInnis (St. Louis, Mo.) was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The U.S. went 0-for-1 on the power play, while Canada went 2-for-6 with the man advantage ... Team USA recorded 16 shots on goal, while Canada had 27 ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... Gold medal-winning coach Ben Smith, is at the reigns of Team USA, while Stephen Greenberg is serving as team leader ... Serving on the support staff is equipment manager Bob Webster and athletic trainer Stan Wong ... The boys' hockey competition at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games includes teams from Austria, Canada, Finland, Russia and the United States ... Follow the hashtag #2012YOG to join the conversation during the tournament.


Scoring By Period

USA 0- 1 - 0- 1
CAN 1 - 2 - 2- 5

First Period - Scoring: 1, CAN, Cornel (unassisted), 3:58. Penalties: CAN, Gardiner (kneeing), 6:13; USA, Fiegl (slashing), 10:42.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, CAN, Gropp (Cornel), 1:30; 3, USA, Clarke (Jacobs), 2:39; 4, CAN, Hicketts (Pilon), 13:56. Penalties: USA, Jacobs (interference), 5:34; USA, Bench (too many players on the ice), 8:02.

Third Period - Scoring: 5, CAN, Martin (unassisted), 13:21, (pp); 6, CAN, Gropp (Gardiner, Cornel), 14:06 (pp). Penalties: USA, Bliss (high sticking), 11:39; USA, Schmaltz (slashing), 13:21; USA, Jacobs (charging), 14:59.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 4 6 6 16
CAN 7 10 10 27

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
CAN, Bouchard, 45:00 4/4 6/5 6/6 16/15
USA, Halladay, 23:02 7/6 4/3 -- 11/9
USA, Minney, 21:58 -- 6/5 10/8 16/13

Power Play: USA 0-1; CAN 2-6
Penalties: USA 6-12; CAN 1-2

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

Date Opponent Time (Local/EST)
Sat., Jan. 14 Austria W, 7-2
Sun., Jan 15 Canada L, 1-5
Tues., Jan. 17 Finland 3:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.
Wed., Jan. 18 Russia 3:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Fri., Jan. 20 Semifinal Game 2:15 p.m./8:15 a.m.
Semifinal Game 6:45 p.m./12:45 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 21 Third-Place Game 2:45 p.m./8:45 a.m.
Sun., Jan. 22 First-Place Game 12:15 p.m./6:15 a.m.


Contraband took the top spot at the weekend box office, bringing in just over $24 million to hold off the re-release of Beauty and the Beast, which opened in second. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol came in third.


Benevides shaping Lions towards Cup repeat.

George Cortez popular among former pupils.

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For one month in Britain McDonald's will become the country's largest retailer of children's books when it gives away a book with each Happy Meal. [Green Eggs and Ham and a Breakfast Burrito.]


The 2011 NFL playoffs are underway. Here's the Division Playoff Week schedule:

Division Playoffs

All times Eastern

January 14th

At San Francisco 36, New Orleans 32
At New England 45, Denver 10

January 15th

At Baltimore 20, Houston 13
New York Giants 37 at Green Bay 20

Conference Finals

January 22nd

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


A failed Russian Mars probe came crashing back to Earth Sunday in a death plunge over the Pacific Ocean.


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Mr. Everett Barney patented the metal screw, clamp skate on this date in 1866.


Today in Elvis History:

1965 - The soundtrack to the Elvis Presley film "Roustabout" hit #12 in the U.K.

1971 - Elvis Presley was named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (the Jaycees).


FedEx delivered a pair of Chinese pandas to France Sunday on time and without any problems. A chartered jet carried Huan Huan and Yuan Zi from China to Paris where they will be on display for anxious crowds of Frenchmen for the first time in more than 10 years. The pandas make their public debut February 11.


Today in Beatles History:

1957 - The Cavern Club opened for business in Liverpool, England. The rock club was where the Beatles began.

1970 - John Lennon's London Art gallery exhibit of erotic lithographs, Bag One, was closed by Scotland Yard and eight prints were confiscated as evidence of pornography.

1980 - Paul McCartney was jailed in Tokyo for possession of a half pound of marijuana. He spent ten days behind bars before being kicked-out of the country by Japanese authorities. The remainder of his tour was canceled.


A man who tried to rob a Walgreens in Florida got nothing because a clerk was so stunned by what was going on she couldn't react. Surveillance cameras show a man trying to rob the store late Sunday morning. He picked up a few items before giving the cashier a note, which implied he had a gun. The clerk was so scared stiff the suspect fled without any money.


Today in Sports History:

1896 - The first five-player college basketball game was played at Iowa City, IA.

1961 - Mickey Mantle signed a contract which made him the highest paid baseball player in the American League at $75,000 for the 1961 season.

1981 - Leon Spinks was mugged. Even his gold teeth were taken by the assailants.

1988 - The St. Louis Cardinals announced that they would be moving to Phoenix.

1993 - Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) scored 64 points against the Orlando Magic. It was Jordan's second highest single-game total of his career.

1995 - Malcolm Glazer bought the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for an estimated $192 million.

2002 - Baseball owners voted to approve the record $660 million sale of the Boston Red Sox.


Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America's Golden Girl is on NBC tonight. The all-star special pays tribute to the best Betty on the planet. Guests include Mary Tyler Moore, Hugh Jackman, Jay Leno, Amy Poehler and Carol Burnett.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars 8:30pm EST

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Jr. Knights 5:15pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Jr. Knights 8:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Phoenix Coyotes 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

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


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

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