Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations














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

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Today is February 13th, the 44th day of 2012. There are 322 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)

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Flyers' Rinaldo faces hearing Monday.

Rangers still No. 1, but here come the Blues.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Singer-bassist-actor Peter Tork (The Monkees) is 70; Actress Stockard Channing (Grease, The West Wing) is 68; Talk show host Jerry Springer (also Dancing with the Stars) is 68; Singer Peter Gabriel is 62; Actress Mena Suvari (American Beauty) is 33.

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Pittsburgh, PA. -- - Regulation losses have been rare for the Tampa Bay Lightning as of late, and one on Sunday was hardly enough to spoil what has been an overall successful stretch for the team spanning nearly the last month.

Steve Downie scored twice and Mathieu Garon stopped 37 shots for Tampa Bay, which dropped just its second contest in regulation since Jan. 15 in a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center.

Both teams were coming off the first half of back-to-back sets on Saturday night, while Tampa Bay concluded a three-game road trip with three out of a possible six points, keeping them alive in the race for a playoff spot.

Read the rest here.

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Random Acts of Kindness Week and International Flirting Week both start today. Also, today is: Employee Legal Awareness Day, Get a Different Name Day, Madly in Love With Me Day and Clean Out Your Computer Day. And the Westminster Dog Show (Linky Link)is today and tomorrow.

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U.S. National Under-18 Team Blanks Russia, 3-0,
to Conclude 2012 Five Nations Tournament


Rutledge Turns Aside 23 Shots in Shutout

PORI, Finland - Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) turned aside 23 shots, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team blanked Russia, 3-0, in the final game at the 2012 Five Nations Tournament this evening at Pori Arena. With the win, Team USA finished the tournament in third place with a 2-0-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record.

"I'm proud of how our guys came out and played today," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team. "Obviously we would have liked to win the tournament, but this experience will help better our team in the future."

Team USA and Russia skated through the first two periods without a goal. The U.S. outshot its opponent 31-14 in the first and second frames, but was unable to beat Russian netminder Andrey Vasilevskiy. Rutledge turned aside all 14 shots he faced and the teams entered the third period scoreless.

Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.) put the U.S. on the board at 1:15 of the final frame. Riley Barber (Livonia, Mich.) earned the lone assist. Team USA's lead doubled when Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn.) netted a goal off a pass from Miles Koules (Los Angeles, Calif.). Barber capped the period and iced the game at 7:01 to give the U.S. a 3-0 victory. Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) collected an assist on the final tally.

Rutledge stopped all nine shots he faced in the third period and 23 shots total in the shutout for Team USA, while Vasilevskiy made 43 saves in the loss for Russia.

NOTES: Jared Rutledge was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The U.S. outshot Russia, 46-23 ... Both teams went 0-for-4 with the man advantage ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... 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

RUS 0 - 0 - 0 - 0
USA 0 - 0 - 3 - 3

First Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Trouba (hooking), 0:35; USA, Matteau (roughing), 11:52; RUS, Zadorov (charging), 18:26; RUS, Zadorov (game-misconduct), 18:26.

Second Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: RUS, Slepyshev (hooking), 2:30; RUS, Avtomov (slashing), 13:11.

Third Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Shore (Barber), 1:15; 2, USA, Skjei (Koules), 6:11; 3, USA, Barber (Kerdiles), 7:01. Penalties: RUS, Bench (too-many-men), 9:33; USA, Matteau (slashing), 13:13; USA, Matteau (boarding), 17:02.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
RUS 7 7 9 23
USA 11 20 15 46

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
RUS, Vasilevskiy, 60:00 11/11 20/20 15/12 46/43
USA, Rutledge, 60:00 7/7 7/7 9/9 23/23

Power Play: RUS 0-4; USA 0-4
Penalties: RUS 5-31; USA 4-8

Team USA 2012 Five Nations Tournament Schedule
Feb. 9-12, 2012 • Pori, Finland

Date Opponent Location
Time (ET)/Result

Thurs., Feb. 9 Czech Republic Rauma W, 5-2
Fri., Feb. 10 Sweden Panelia L, 2-4
Sat., Feb. 11 Finland Pori L, 0-4
Sun., Feb. 12 Russia Pori W, 3-0

Fifth Annual Hockey Weekend Across America Officially Begins Friday

Event Feb. 17-19 to Celebrate, Promote Hockey Across the Nation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The fifth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok, kicks off in less than a week. The three-day celebration of the sport of hockey will take place Feb. 17-19 nationwide.

"Every level of hockey in every part of our country is engaged with the celebration of Hockey Weekend Across America in some manner," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, "This event continues to get bigger and better every year."

Each of the three days associated with Hockey Weekend Across America has a theme, including Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey, sponsored by ShopUSAHockey.com on Friday; Try Hockey Day, sponsored by the NHL on Saturday and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes, sponsored by Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports on Sunday.

On Friday, Feb. 17, fans are encouraged to visit USA Hockey's Facebook page to submit photos of themselves, their friends and colleagues donning their favorite hockey jersey as part of "Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey" day.

On Saturday, Feb. 18, more than 200 rinks across the nation will host Try Hockey for Free Clinics, exposing more than 4,000 young kids to hockey for the very first time. A list of currently scheduled clinics as well as information on how local associations or rinks can host their own event can be found here.

In honor of "Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes" day on Sunday, Feb. 19, USA Hockey is asking fans to post stories, photos or videos of their hockey heroes to its Facebook wall to share with the world. Local associations and/or fans will be honoring their local hockey heroes in various ways throughout the day.

As part of Hockey Weekend Across America for the second straight year, NBC presents its Hockey Day in America coverage throughout the afternoon on Sunday, with its studio set being located at the Wells Fargo WinterSkate outdoor rink in St. Paul, Minn. Young skaters from Minnesota will take to the rink throughout the day to showcase USA Hockey's American Development Model. In addition, a giant Team USA jersey, spanning 20 feet by 20 feet, will be on hand for fans to sign in support of the U.S. Women's National Team which will host the International Ice Hockey Federations Women's World Championship in Burlington, Vt., from April 7-14. NBC and the NHL will release more details on Hockey Day in America later this week.

As part of the Hockey Weekend Across America celebration, XM/Sirius' Hockey This Morning will interview a prominent figure in American hockey for five straight days at 9:25 a.m. EST each day beginning on Monday (Feb. 13). A full list of guests appears below.

NHL Network U.S. will air special programming during Hockey Weekend Across America. A detailed NHL Network U.S. schedule can be found here.

Joe Louis Arena, the home of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, will host "24 Hours of Hockey" starting one minute past midnight on Friday night/Saturday morning. The event will feature a USA Hockey ADM clinic and two, one-hour free Try Hockey for Free clinics on Saturday morning, in addition to games throughout the day from all age levels.

A new component of Hockey Weekend Across America this year gives aspiring young officials a chance to meet with their NHL counterparts. At each home NHL game in an American city during Hockey Weekend Across America, two young officials will have a chance to meet the NHL officials working the particular contest prior to the game and then stay to watch those NHL officals in action.

HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com is the information hub for the event, with highlights of activities planned in conjunction with Hockey Weekend Across America from around the country, giveaway contests and downloadable promotional materials available. Associations or fans celebrating Hockey Weekend Across America are encouraged to submit their event plans to USA Hockey at the site.

Finally, USA Hockey and Reebok Hockey are teaming up to provide free head-to-toe equipment packages to three lucky winners with the Hockey Weekend Across America "Get Your Gear On Sweepstakes." For official rules and to enter, click here.

NOTES: Hockey Weekend Across America was created by USA Hockey in 2008 to engage the hockey community in celebrating the sport of hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences ... Follow @USAHockey on Twitter for giveaways throughout the weekend and use the hashtag #HWAA to join the conversation ... "Like" USA Hockey's Facebook page for special news throughout Hockey Weekend Across America.

2012 Hockey Weekend Across American, presented by Reebok
A Look at Some of the Happenings Around the Country

Big Sky, Montana
Local NHL star Marty Pavelich will host a Try Hockey for Free clinic from 4-6 p.m. with an adult game to follow. Email

Des Moines, Iowa
The Des Moines Metro High School Hockey League will host a Pink the Rink event on Saturday with proceeds going to breast cancer charities. Wear pink! Info

Eugene, Oregon
The Lane Amateur Hockey Association will host a Try Hockey for Free event on Saturday during the Ice Cup Tournament. www.laha.org

Fairfield, Connecticut
Fairfield Ice Academy will host a Try Hockey for Free clinic on Saturday from 4-5 p.m. www.fairfieldiceacademy.com

Hartford, Connecticut
The Connecticut Whale AHL will celebrate youth hockey by offering $10 tickets to youths wearing their jerseys on Saturday. www.ctwhale.com

Kansas City, Missouri
The KC Fighting Saints will host a Try Hockey For Free event on Saturday at Line Creek Community Center from 4:10 to 5:10 p.m. www.kcsaintshockey.org

Medford, Massachusetts
The Medford Youth Hockey & Girls Hockey program will host a Try Hockey For Free clinic at noon on Saturday at the LoConte Rink. www.medfordrechockey.com

Moline, Illinois
High school hockey players from Davenport, Iowa, are participating in a benefit game to help fight the battle against heart disease on Friday, Feb. 17. The game will be held at the i-Wireless Center in Moline, Illinois, at 6 p.m. www.quadcityhockey.com

Oxnard, California
The Channel Islands Ice Center invites kids age 5 to 10 to come Try Hockey for Free on Saturday. E-mail

Pembroke, Massachusetts
Join the WHK Hawks for a winter blast at a Try Hockey For Free event on Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. at Hobomock. www.whkhawks.org

Rhinelander, Wisconsin
The Rhinelander Ice Association will host on Saturday a Try Hockey for Free clinic for new skaters. www.rhinelanderice.com

Rowlett, Texas
The Rowlett Hockey League is hosting a Try Hockey for Free clinic with great door prizes, skills games and more on Saturday. If locals wear their jerseys to work or school on Friday and send in photos to the website they can win a prize. www.rowletthockey.com

Wheaton, Maryland
The Wheaton Ice Arena will offer discounted public skating on Friday to people wearing hockey jerseys. The arena will also offer a free beginning hockey lesson on Saturday from 11:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. with free rentals available. www.WheatonIceArena.com

Wichita, Kansas
Come try Hockey for Free from 12:15-2:15 p.m. on Saturday. www.wichitaicecenter.com

Woodstock, Georgia
Come out and Try Hockey for Free and enjoy a BBQ with the CHILL. www.cherokeehockey.org

XM/Sirius Radio
Hockey Weekend Across America Programming
Hockey This Morning on XM/Sirius

All guests on with host Mike Ross and Mick Kern at 9:25 a.m. EST
XM 204 / Sirius 208

Monday, Feb. 13
Dick Kazmaier, father of the late Patty Kazmaier, whose namesake is on the award for the top women's collegiate hockey player in the country. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award celebrates its 15th anniversary in the 2011-12 season and will be presented on March 17 in Duluth, Minn., in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Frozen Four.

Tuesday, Feb. 14
Kevin Allen, esteemed hockey writer for USA Today and author of "Star Spangled Hockey," which celebrates the first 75 years of USA Hockey.

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Scott Monaghan, senior director of operations for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. The NTDP celebrates its 15th season on ice in 2011-12. Monaghan is the lone staff member to have been with the program since its inception.

Thursday, Feb. 16
Walter Bush, chairman of the board for USA Hockey

Friday, Feb. 17
Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey

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It was a record-breaking weekend at the box office, as four major new releases each took in more than $20 million apiece for the first time on a non-holiday weekend. Moviegoers rushed to see The Vow, which came in No. 1 with an estimated $41.7 million.

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Looking ahead: 2012 off-season key dates.

Lions RB Jamall Lee calls it a career.

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

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A survey found many of us have said something we regret on a first date. Why? Blame the alcohol. A third of us say something we regret, and one in five end up doing things we wish we hadn't. Wonder what that could be?

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Jimmy like to watch Curious George.

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The Boston Public Latin School was established on this date in 1635. It was the first public school building in the United States.

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Today in Elvis History

1958 - Elvis Presley's "Don't/I Beg of You" became number one on the Billboard Pop chart. It was his last number one before being inducted into the U.S. Army.

1959 - In Friedberg, Elvis Presley was the cause of a traffic jam when he stopped to sign autographs.

1961 - Elvis Presley's album "His Hand in Mine" hit #13 in the U.S. It was Elvis's first wholly religious album.

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A woman in Texas who crashed her car into a tree says her 38KKK breasts acted as airbags and saved her life. [And fortunately, rescue workers arrived at the scene and pulled her out before she suffocated.]

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Today in Beatles History:

1967 - The Beatles released "Penny Lane" backed with "Strawberry Fields Forever" in the U.S.

1993 - Paul McCartney appeared on "Saturday Night Live." He performed "Get Out of My Way," "Biker Like an Icon" and "Hey Jude."

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Pool sharks who've always skipped cruising because of the near-impossibility of playing when a table's tilting up and down now can sail the seven seas. Royal Caribbean has the world's first self-leveling pool table on one of its ships, the Radiance of the Seas. The table is controlled by a gyroscope and even when the ship is bobbing up and down 8 or 10 inches, the balls don't move at all. See video of the table in action.

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Today in Sports History:

1920 - The National Negro Baseball League was organized.

1923 - "The Renaissance," the first black pro basketball team, was organized.

1937 - The NFL's Boston Redskins moved to Washington.

1953 - The Philadelphia Athletics changed the name of Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium. The change was in honor of their longtime owner and manager.

1965 - Sixteen-year-old Peggy Fleming won the ladies senior figure skating title at Lake Placid, NY.

1973 - Frank Mahovlich (Montreal Canadiens) scored his 1,000th career point in the NHL.

1977 - Julius "Dr. J" Erving played in his first NBA All-Star Game. He was voted MVP with 30-points and 12-rebounds.

1982 - Bryan Trottier (New York Islanders) scored five goals against the Philadelphia Flyers.

1983 - Marvin Gaye sang the U.S. national anthem at the NBA All-Star game.

1983 - The World Boxing Council became the first to cut matches from 15 to 12 rounds.

1990 - Bryan Trottier (New York Islanders) scored his 500th career goal in the NHL.

2002 - Bill Simpson filed a defamation suit against NASCAR for blaming a seat belt made by Simpson Performance Products for the death of Dale Earnhardt a year before. Simpson said that all he wanted was an apology, but when NASCAR refused he filed the suit.

2008 - Roger Clemens denied having taken performance-enhancing drugs in testimony before Congress.

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In Germany a gang made a fatal mistake when they held up a restaurant and failed to notice the five police officers -- in uniform -- that were enjoying a meal. Their robbery lasted all of 20 seconds.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Ottawa Senators 7:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks 7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 5:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:00pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 11:30am EST

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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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