Saturday, April 14, 2012

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Today is April 14th, the 105th day of 2012. There are 261 days left in the year.


Krejci misses practice, expects to play Saturday.

The Playoff Beard Video.

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Today is the start of: Just Pray No! Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting. It's also the start of National Park Week.


Tampa, FL. --Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher has been named an assistant coach for Team Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Championships today, Hockey Canada announced. The tournament runs from May 4-20, in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden, with Canada based out of Helsinki for the entire event. Canada opens up against Slovakia on May 4.

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Today is: Children with Alopecia Day, Dictionary Day, International Moment of Laughter Day and Pan American Day.


U.S. Women's National Team Advances to Gold-Medal Game with 10-0 Victory Over Switzerland at the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship

Team USA Generates 80 Shots in the Victory

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Kelli Stack (Brookyln Heights, Ohio) scored twice to lead the U.S. Women's National Team to the gold-medal game of the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship with an 10-0 win over Switzerland here tonight at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

"I'm very impressed with how we finished the game," said Katey Stone, head coach for the U.S. Women's National Team. "Seeing that balanced scoring is something I'm proud of for these players."

Stack tallied back-to-back goals to open the scoring in the game. She struck first at 2:52 and followed suit with a shorthanded goal at 9:09. Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) opened a three-goal lead for Team USA with a one-timer from the slot that beat Switzerland goaltender Florcence Schelling high.

Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn.) received a pass from Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Id.) and deposited the puck into the back of the net at 2:16 of the second period. Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) connected on a rebound at 9:01 and Gigi Marvin (Warroad, Minn.) tallied a power-play goal at 15:13 to propel Team USA to 6-0 lead after forty minutes of action.

The U.S. opened the third period with three goals in 49 seconds from Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Josephine Pucci (Pearl River, N.Y.) and Erika Lawler (Fitchburg, Mass.). Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) rounded out the scoring to secure the win and extend the U.S. Women's National Team overall record to 4-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the tournament.

The U.S. will face Canada in the gold-medal game of the IIHF Women's World Championship tomorrow (April 14) at 7 p.m. in Burlington, Vt.

NOTES: Click here for the full Team USA roster ... Kelli Stack was named the U.S. Player of the Game after scoring two goals ... Monique Lamoureux-Kolls leads the tournament with 14 points (7-7) ... The U.S. has scored 39 goals through four games of the Women's World Championship ... Julie Chu is serving as Team USA's captain, while Jenny Potter and Kacey Bellamy are alternate captains ... Team USA has won four gold medals and nine silvers in the 13 previous IIHF Women's World Championships. The U.S. has won four of the last five world championships (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011) ... Harvard University's Katey Stone will serve as the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. Joining Stone as assistant coaches will be Laura Halldorson and Bobby Jay. Stone and Jay were behind the bench for the U.S. at the 2011 Four Nations Cup ... Robb Stauber will serve as the goaltending coach, while Michael Boyle is the strength and conditioning coach ... To follow the team in Lake Placid, check out the U.S. Women's National Program blog by clicking here ... For ticket information for the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship, click here or call 802.656.4410.

Scoring By Period
SUI000 --0

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Stack (Marvin, Lamoureux), 2:52 (pp); 2, USA, Stack (unassisted), 9:09 (sh); 3, USA, Decker (Kessel, Coyne), 16:41. Penalties: SUI, Waidacher (tripping), 2:29; USA, Chu (hooking), 7:31.
Second Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Chu (Knight, Marvin), 2:16; 5, USA, Coyne (Kessel, Pucci), 9:01; 6, USA, Marvin (unassisted), 15:13 (pp). Penalties: USA, Lamoureux-Kolls (hooking), 12:03; SUI, Stiefel (tripping), 14:32.
Third Period - Scoring: 7, USA, Bozek (Kessel, Coyne), 4:56; 8, USA, Pucci (Chu, Chesson), 5:24; 9, USA, Lawler (Pucci), 5:24; 10, USA, Lamoureux (Picard, Pucci), 9:31.Penalties: SUI, Frautschi (tripping), 1:47; USA, Pucci (tripping), 6:12; SUI, Lehmann (body-checking), 19:24.
Shots by Period
Goaltenders (SH/SV)123Total
USA, Schaus, 60:002-25-53-39-9
SUI, Anthamatten, 11:370-00-011-1011-10
SUI, Schelling, 48:2331-2824-2114-1169-60

Power Play: USA 2-4; SUI 0-3
Penalties: USA 3-6; SUI 4-8
Officials: Referee-Joy Tottman; Linesmen-Zuzana Arazimova and Anne Sophia Boniface
IIHF Women's World Championship Game Schedule
April 7-14 - Burlington, Vt.
(all times ET)
DateMatch-upTime (EDT)Group/ResultArena
March 31USA vs. Canada7:30 p.m.Exhibition/L, 0-1Ottawa, Ont.
April 3USA vs. Finland7 p.m.Exhibition/W, 7-0Herb Brooks Arena
Apr. 7Slovakia vs. Sweden1 p.m.Sweden 5, Slovakia 1Cairns
Finland vs. Russia3 p.m.Finland 5, Russia 4Gutterson
Switzerland vs. Germany5 p.m.Germany 3, Switzerland 2Cairns
USA vs. Canada7 p.m.USA 9, Canada 2Gutterson
Apr. 8Sweden vs. Germany1 p.m.Sweden 2, Germany 1 (OT)Cairns
Canada vs. Finland3 p.m.Canada 3, Finland 2Gutterson
Switzerland vs. Slovakia5 p.m.Switzerland 2, Slovakia 1Cairns
USA vs. Russia7 p.m.USA 9, Russia 0 Gutterson
Apr. 10Sweden vs. Switzerland1 p.m.Switzerland 3, Sweden 2Cairns
Canada vs. Russia3 p.m.Canada 14, Russia 1Gutterson
Germany vs. Slovakia5 p.m.Slovakia 4, Germany 2Cairns
Finland vs. USA7 p.m.USA 11, Finland 0Gutterson
Apr. 11Russia vs. Switzerland3 p.m.Switzerland 5, Russia 2Gutterson
Germany vs. Slovakia5 p.m.Germany 2, Slovakia 1Cairns
Finland vs. Sweden7 p.m.Finland 2, Sweden 1Gutterson
Apr. 13Slovakia vs. Germany1 p.m.Germany 3, Slovakia 1Cairns
Canada vs. Finland3 p.m.Canada 5, Finland 1Gutterson
Russia vs. Sweden5 p.m.Sweden 2, Russia 1Cairns
USA vs. Switzerland7 p.m.USA 10, Switzerland 0Gutterson
Apr. 14Switzerland vs. Finland3 p.m.Bronze-Medal GameGutterson
USA vs. Canada7 p.m.Gold-Medal GameGutterson

Butler Added to 2012 U.S. Men's National Team

Team USA to Compete in IIHF World Men's Championship, May 4-20, in Finland

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Defenseman Chris Butler (St. Louis, Mo./Calgary Flames/
Univ. of Denver) has been added to the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the 2012 International
Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship it was announced today by USA Hockey.
The tournament is scheduled for May 4-20, 2012, in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.
While Butler will be making his debut on the U.S. Men's National Team, he has represented Team
USA in the past, playing for the 2006 U.S. National Junior Team.

The first 17 players for the U.S. Men's National Team were announced on April 11. Forward Joey
Crabb was added on April 12. Team USA now has 12 forwards, six defensemen and one goaltender
on its roster. The maximum roster size is 25, which includes three goaltenders and 22 forwards and defensemen.

For Team USA's updated roster, click here.

NOTES: FIve of the 19 players announced are products of USA Hockey's National Team
Development Program, including Joey Crabb, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Nathan Gerbe and Jack
Johnson ... Sixteen of the 19 members of Team USA announced played U.S. college hockey ...
Thirteen NHL teams are represented on the roster. The Dallas Stars, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim
Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning have two players apiece ... Scott Gordon
was named the head coach of the 2012 U.S. Men's National Team on Tuesday, April 10. Greg
Cronin was also announced as an assistant coach ... The 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team is
under the direction of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson,
assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members include NHL
general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago), Brian Burke (Toronto), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia),
Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Dale 
Tallon (Florida) and Pittsburgh Penguins pro scout Don Waddell ... USA Hockey's international
council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for
all U.S. national teams ... Sixteen teams will compete at 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship.
There will be two groups of eight with one group playing in Helsinki, Finland and the other
playing in Stockholm, Sweden. The semifinals and medal games will be conducted in Helsinski ...
NBC Sports is scheduled to televise all Team USA games in the 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship.
A final broadcast schedule will be available in the near future.
Team USA 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship ScheduleMay 4 - 20 • Helsinki, Finland & Stockholm, Sweden
DateOpponentLocationTime (Local/EDT)
Fri., May 4FranceHelsinki12:15 p.m./5:15 a.m.
Sat., May 5CanadaHelsinki7:00 p.m./12:00 p.m.
Mon., May 7SlovakiaHelsinki8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m.
Thurs., May 10BelarusHelsinki4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Fri., May 11KazakhstanHelsinki4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Sun., May 13FinlandHelsinki4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Tues., May 15SwitzerlandHelsinki8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m.
Thurs., May 17QuarterfinalsHelsinkiTBD
Sat., May 19SemifinalsHelsinkiTBD
Sun., May 20Bronze-Medal GameHelsinki4:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.
Gold-Medal GameHelsinki8:30 p.m./1:30 p.m.

Arenas: Hartwall Arena (Helsinki); Ericsson Globe (Stockholm)

U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team Defeats Czech Republic, 5-0,
in Second Game of 2012 IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship

Olson Makes 17 Saves in Shutout; Jones Records Three Points

BRECLAV, Czech Republic - Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) made 17 saves to earn
his second straight shutout and Seth Jones (Plano, Texas) recorded three points (1-2), as the
U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team defeated the Czech Republic, 5-0, here this afternoon
at Alcaplast Arena in its second game at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's
World Under-18 Championship. With the win, Team USA's overall record improved to 2-0-0-0

"Overall, it was a good, strong effort by the team," said Danton Cole, head coach of the
U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team. "We played a pretty clean game defensively, limiting their

Team USA opened the scoring at 13:16 of the first period when Daniel O’Regan (Needham,
Mass.) pounced on a loose puck to create a two-on-one break. O’Regan skated to the left of the
netminder and found a streaking Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) on the opposite side with a wide
open net. Kerdiles potted the goal to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) doubled the lead for Team USA on the power play when he
blasted a shot from just inside the blue line. Jones and Kerdiles assisted on the tally. Trouba
and Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) cycled the puck back and forth on the next power play
and found Jones open to the left of the goal. Jones ripped a one-timer into the net to give Team
USA a 3-0 lead. Before time expired on the frame, Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.) put the U.S.
up by four goals at 18:31. Riley Barber (Livonia, Mich.) and Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.)
registered assists on the play.

Team USA took a 5-0 lead at 9:58 of the final frame when Hartman split the Czech defense
and beat netminder Marek Langhammer. Jones collected the lone assist on the goal. Olson made
nine saves in the stanza to preserve the shutout, while Langhammer and Patrik Polivka combined
to stop 32 shots for the Czech Republic in the loss.

The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team continues tournament play on Sunday (April 15) against
Denmark at 6 p.m. local time (12 p.m. EDT), at Kajot Arena. The game will be streamed
live on

NOTES: For the complete U.S. roster, click here ... Seth Jones was named Team USA's
Player of the Game ... Team USA outshot the Czech Republic, 37-17 ... The U.S. went 2-
for-4 on the power play, while the Czech Republic went 0-for-1 ... The U.S. enters the tournament
having captured a record eight consecutive medals, including back-to-back gold medals in 2005-06,
 three straight gold medals from 2009-11, two silver medals (2004, 2007) and one bronze medal
(2008). Team USA’s six gold medals are the most of any country in IIHF Men's World
Under-18 Championship history (event began in 1999). Team USA earned its first gold medal in
2002 … The U.S. is in Group A with Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Finland. Group
B consists of Germany, Latvia, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland ... Follow @USAHockeyScores
on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #U18MWC ...
For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Facebook page ...
More information about the 2011 IIHF World Men's U18 Championship can be found here ...
The U.S. Mens National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams train with The Hockey 
IntelliGym, a revolutionary software program that trains hockey sense. To learn
more, visit

Scoring By Period
USA1 - 3 -1 -5
CZE0 - 0 -0 -0
First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Kerdiles (O'Regan), 13:16. Penalties:
CZE, Houfek (interference), 18:13.
Second Period – Scoring: 2, USA, Trouba (Jones, Kerdiles), 9:18, (pp); 3, USA, Jones (Hartman,
Trouba), 12:33, (pp); 4, USA, Shore (Barber, Louis), 18:31. Penalties: CZE, Volek (kneeing),
8:02; CZE, Behal (holding), 11:34; USA, Louis (hooking), 13:56; CZE, Slovacek (checking-
from-behind), 19:47; CZE, Slovacek (game-misconduct), 19:47.
Third Period – Scoring: 5, USA, Hartman (Jones), 9:58. Penalties: None.

Shots by Period
Goaltenders (SH/SV)123Total
USA, Olson, 60:002/26/69/917/17
CZE, Langhammer, 53:0915/1414/117/636/31
CZE, Polivka, 6:51----1/11/1

Power Play: USA 2-4; CZE 0-1
Penalties: USA 1-2; CZE 5-31
Team USA 2012 IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship Schedule
April 12-22 • Breclav/Brno/Znojmo, Czech Republic
DateOpponentTime (Local/EDT)Live Webcast
Mon., April 9Sweden (exhibition)L, 2-3
Thu., April 12FinlandW,
Sat., April 14Czech RepublicW,
Sun., April 15Denmark6 p.m./12
Tue., April 17Canada8 p.m./2
Thu., April 19QuarterfinalsTBD
Fri., April 20SemifinalsTBD
Sun., April 22Bronze-Medal Game12 p.m./6 a.m.
Sun., April 22Gold-Medal Game4 p.m./10 a.m.


The first edition of Noah Webster's dictionary was published on this date in 1828 under the name "American Dictionary of the English Language."


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On this date in 1860, the first Pony Express rider arrived in San Francisco with mail originating in St. Joseph, MO.


I got lots of eggs!


Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....Watch some Jimmy shows, some more Rays baseball, visit a new thrift shop and watch some playoff hockey. What will you be doing today?


Boston, MA. --
David Price had an early exit Friday afternoon as the Red Sox began their 100th anniversary of Fenway Park by defeating the Rays, 12-2.

In losing, Tampa Bay fell to 4-3 on the season and 1-3 on its current 10-game road trip.

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First public showing of Thomas Edison's kinetoscope took place on this date in 1894.


San Francisco, CA.--
The sense of inevitability surrounding Matt Cain continued to grow Friday.

Since he fired a two-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in his third Major League start in 2005, Cain has convinced legions of followers that he'll throw a no-hitter someday. The right-hander crept even closer to achieving that distinction against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who mustered one hit -- opposing pitcher James McDonald's sixth-inning single -- in the Giants' 5-0 victory that lengthened their winning streak in home openers to four games.

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James Cash (J.C.) Penney opened his first retail store in Kemmerer, WY on this date in 1902. It was called the Golden Rule Store.


Today in Elvis History

1956 - Elvis Presley recorded the song "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You".

1965 - The Elvis Presley movie "Girl Happy" opened in the U.S.

1969 - Elvis Presley's single "In The Ghetto" was released.


The John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was first published on this date in 1939.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - In Richmond, England, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones met for the first time at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. The Rolling Stones opened the show.

1964 - In London, at the Scala Theatre, the Beatles filmed outside shots for their forthcoming movie "A Hard Day's Night".

1997 - Ringo Starr debuted as the host of the VH1 program "Classic Albums."


On this date in 1956, Ampex Corporation of Redwood City, CA, demonstrated the first commercial magnetic tape recorder for sound and picture.


Today in Sports History:

1925 - WGN became the first radio station to broadcast a regular season major league baseball game. The Cubs beat the Pirates 8-2.

1962 - Elgin Baylor (Los Angeles Lakers) scored 61 points in Game 5 against the Boston Celtics to set an NBA Finals record.

1969 - For the first time, a major league baseball game was played in Montreal, Canada.

1990 - Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles began a streak of 95 errorless games and 431 total chances by a shortstop.

1996 - The Detroit Red Wings won their 62nd game of the season.

1997 - Allen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers) scored 40 or more points in his fifth consecutive game.

1999 - Jose Canseco (Tampa Bay) became the 28th player to hit 400 career home runs. He was also the first non-United States born player to hit 400 runs.

2002 - Tiger Woods became the third player to win back-to-back Masters titles. It was the third Masters title of his career.


America's first space shuttle, Columbia, returned to Earth after a three-day test flight on this date in 1981. The shuttle orbited the Earth 36 times during the mission.


FORT WORTH, Texas -- Streaking away from Denny Hamlin and pole-sitter Paul Menard after a restart with six laps left, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won Friday night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The victory was the defending series champion's second in six starts this season and the fourth of his career. It was also the fourth consecutive Nationwide victory at Texas for Roush Fenway Racing,

Menard finished second, with Kasey Kahne passing Hamlin for third in the closing laps. Austin Dillon ran fifth, and series points leader Elliott Sadler faded to 12th during the final short run and saw his margin over Stenhouse shrink to four points.

Danica Patrick came home eighth, taking advantage of fresh tires acquired during a pit stop under the final caution. Patrick restarted 13th on Lap 195 of 200 and gained five positions before the end of the race.

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On this date in 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush sent a letter of congratulations to JCPenny's associates for being in business for 100 years. James Cash (J.C.) Penney had opened his first retail store on April 14, 1902.


Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 4:05pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 11:05am EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 10:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 10:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 10:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins 7:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 7:10pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins 7:07pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- STP 400 at Kansas Speedway 12:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins 1:40pm EDT

Indy Car Series -- Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach at Long Beach, CA. 3:30pm EDT


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