Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday Morning Meissnervations












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

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Today is April 9th, the 100th day of 2012. There are 266 days left in the year.

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2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Quarterfinals Schedule.

Jets: Bigger expectations to come next season.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point, Flight of the Phoenix, Smart People) is 58; Actress Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) is 46; Actor Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, Battleship, Friday Night Lights) is 31; Actress Kristen Stewart (Twilight films, Snow White & the Huntsman) is 22.

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Winnipeg, MB. -- Steven Stamkos needed a run of 23 goals in his final 26 games to become the first center to hit the 60-goal mark since the 1995-96 season.

Stamkos managed just such a run, and he did it in the teeth of the Stanley Cup Playoff race for a Tampa Bay Lightning club that saw injuries decimate its roster and, ultimately, its postseason hopes.

Read the rest here.

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Today is: National Cherish An Antique Day, National Former Prisoner Of War Recognition Day, Appomattox Day, Easter Monday, Jenkins Ear Day and Winston Churchill Day.

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U.S. Women's National Team Captures 9-2 Win Over Canada in
2012 IIHF Women's World Championship

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The U.S. scored five first period goals en route to a 9-2 victory over Canada here tonight at the Gutterson Fieldhouse in both team's opening preliminary-round game of the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship.

"I'm certainly very happy with the way we came out tonight," said Katey Stone, head coach for the U.S. Women's National Team. "Our team was excited to get out of the gate and start the tournament. We contribute a lot to the atmosphere of the crowd."

Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) tallied the first of five opening period goals 37 seconds into the contest. Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Id.) connected on a rebound at 1:24 of the first period, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, N.D.) notched a power-play tally at 3:32, Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn.) scored a power-play goal from a sharp angle at 4:52 and Lamoureux-Kolls found the back of the net for her second goal of the night at 5:32 to give the U.S. a five-goal lead heading into the first intermission.

Canada's Natalie Spooner put the Canadians on the board 39 seconds into the second period before the U.S. responded with Lamoureux's second goal of the night on a rebound from Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.). Jayna Hefford scored for Canada at 17:03 of the second period.

Josephine Pucci (Pearl River, N.Y.) scored at 5:29 off a pass from Lamoureux-Kolls to score the first of three third period goals. Knight found the back of the net for the second time with help from Jenny Potter (Edina, Minn.), before Lamoureux-Kolls picked up her third goal and sixth point of the night at 11:17.

The U.S. will face Russia tomorrow night (April 8) at 7 p.m. in Burlington, Vt., for its second preliminary-round game of the IIHF Women's World Championship.

NOTES: Click here for the full roster ... Monique Lamoureux-Kolls was named the U.S. Player of the Game and leads the team with six points (3-3) ... The nine goals the U.S. scored against Canada were the most in the 103-game history between the two teams. The previous high of seven goals was set twice, occuring on Jan. 6, 2002 in Detroit, Mich. (Pre-Olympic Tour) and Feb. 14, 1998 in Nagano, Japan (Olympic Winter Games) ... 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.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period
USA 5 1 3 -- 9
CAN 0 2 0 -- 2

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Lamoureux (Stack, Lamoureux-Kolls), :37; 2, USA, Knight (Decker), 1:24; 3, USA, Lamoureux-Kolls (Marvin), 3:32 (pp); 4, USA, Chu (Knight), 4:52 (pp); 5, USA, Lamoureux-Kolls (Stack), 5:32. Penalties: CAN, Bonhomme (roughing), 1:39; CAN, Agosta (hooking), 4:37; CAN, Apps (hooking), 6:46; USA, Pucci (interference), 12:22; CAN, Larocque (interference), 15:34.

Second Period - Scoring: 6, CAN, Spooner (Ouellette, Wickenheiser), 0:39; 7, USA, Lamoureux (Bozek, Lamoureux-Kolls), 3:10; 8, CAN, Poulin (Hefford, Johnston), 17:03. Penalties: USA, Wasylk (too many players on the ice), 11:47.

Third Period - Scoring: 9, USA, Pucci (Lamoureux-Kolls, Lamoureux), 5:29; 10, USA, Knight (Potter), 7:38; 11, USA, Lamoureux-Kolls (Marvin, Stack), 11:17. Penalties: CAN, Fortino (elbowing), 10:00.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 17 5 11 33
CAN 6 10 5 21

Goaltenders (SH/SV)
1 2 3 Total
USA, Schaus, 60:00 6-6 10-8 5-5 16-14
CAN, Labonte, 43:32 6-3 5-4 11-8 22-15
CAN, Szabados, 16:28 11-9 0-0 0-0 11-9

Power Play: USA 2-5; CAN 0-3
Penalties: USA 3-6; CAN 5-10
Officials: Referee-Aina Hove; Linesmen-Therese Bjorkman and Anne Sophie Boniface

IIHF Women's World Championship Game Schedule
April 7-14 - Burlington, Vt.
(all times ET)

Date Match-up Time (EDT) Group/Result Arena
March 31 USA vs. Canada 7:30 p.m. Exhibition/L, 0-1 Ottawa, Ont.
April 3 USA vs. Finland 7 p.m. Exhibition/W, 7-0 Herb Brooks Arena
Apr. 7 Slovakia vs. Sweden 1 p.m. Sweden 5, Slovakia 1 Cairns
Finland vs. Russia 3 p.m. Finland 5, Russia 4 Gutterson
Switzerland vs. Germany 5 p.m. Germany 3, Switzerland 2 Cairns
USA vs. Canada 7 p.m. USA 9, Canada 2 Gutterson
Apr. 8 Sweden vs. Germany 1 p.m. B Cairns
Canada vs. Finland 3 p.m. A Gutterson
Switzerland vs. Slovakia 5 p.m. B Cairns
USA vs. Russia 7 p.m. A Gutterson
Apr. 10 Sweden vs. Switzerland 1 p.m. B Cairns
Canada vs. Russia 3 p.m. A Gutterson
Germany vs. Slovakia 5 p.m. B Cairns
Finland vs. USA 7 p.m. A Gutterson
Apr. 11 A4 - B1 3 p.m. Quarterfinal #1 Gutterson
B3 - B4 5 p.m. Relegation Cairns
A3 - B2 7 p.m. Quarterfinal #2 Gutterson
Apr. 13 B4 - B3 1 p.m. Relegation Cairns
A2 - 3A/2B 3 p.m. Semifinal #1 Gutterson
L (Q1) - L (Q2) 5 p.m. 5th/6th Place Game Cairns
A1 - 4A/1B 7 p.m. Semifinal #2 Gutterson
Apr. 14 B3 - B4 (if necessary) 1 p.m. Relegation Cairns
L (S1) - L (S2) 3 p.m. Bronze-Medal Game Gutterson
W (S1) - W (S2) 7 p.m. Gold-Medal Game Gutterson

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Robert La Salle claimed the lower Mississippi River and all lands that touch it for France on this date in 1682.

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

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Peterborough, NH, opened the first municipally supported public library in the United States on this date in 1833.

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Let's go home Daddy.

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On this date in 1865 at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in the parlor of Wilmer McClean's home. Grant allowed Rebel officers to keep their sidearms and permitted soldiers to keep their horses and mules. Though there were still Confederate armies in the field, the war was officially over. The four years of fighting had killed 360,000 Union troops and 260,000 Confederate troops.

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St. Petersburg, FL. --
Jeremy Hellickson earned American League Rookie of the Year honors for his work in 2011.

On Sunday afternoon, the cool right-hander picked up where he left off by calmly carving up the Yankees on his 25th birthday, leading the way in a 3-0 Rays win at Tropicana Field with 30,413 watching.

"That was a good birthday present right there," the understated Hellickson said.

Read the rest here.

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The First Family will host the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll today. This year's theme is""Let's Go, Let's Play, Let's Move" and more than 35,000 people will be join the the President and First Lady on the South Lawn for games, stories, and the traditional egg roll on the Lawn.

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Phoenix, AZ.--
The Giants continued to send mixed messages Sunday, though the results remained loud and clear.

Their third consecutive one-run loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-6, was the most frustrating setback of the season-opening series from San Francisco's perspective.

Read the rest here.

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A Delta flight attendant was pulled from a scheduled flight the other day for acting erratic. [Yeah, he was actually being nice to the passengers.]

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Today in Elvis History

1953 - Elvis Presley entered the annual Minstral Show at Humes High School.

1962 - In Hawaii, filming began on the Elvis Presley movie "Girls! Girls! Girls!"

1968 - The Elvis Presley album "Loving You" was certified gold by the RIAA.

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New research has found significant discrepancies between how much people think they weigh and how much they actually weigh. The news study (in the journal Body Image) says many overweight people do not know they're obese.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - Capitol Records won the rights to distribute the Beatles' recordings in the U.S. from VeeJay.

1970 - Paul McCartney announced the official split the Beatles.

1973 - Paul McCartney released the song "My Love." It was his second #1 hit.

2002 - U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft appeared on David Letterman's "Late Show." He played part of the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" on piano. Ashcroft said it was his tribute to Paul McCartney, who "is turning 60 this year" just like him.

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A burglar was arrested after he was identified on video surveillance. The 16-year-old from Galveston, Texas, was filmed at the scene of the burglary. He's become Internet famous because in the video he's dancing. Detectives circulated the footage and later received a call from police at a local high school, who recognized the suspect from his dancing in school corridors.

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Today in Sports History:

1912 - The first exhibition baseball game was held at Fenway Park in Boston. The game was between Red Sox and Harvard.

1913 - The Brooklyn Dodgers' Ebbets Field opened.

1941 - The PGA established the Golf Hall of Fame.

1945 - National Football League officials decreed that it was mandatory for football players to wear socks in all league games.

1959 - The Boston Celtics won their eighth consecutive NBA championship.

1965 - The Houston Astrodome held its first baseball game.

1987 - Wayne Gretzky passed Jean Beliveau as the all-time hockey playoff scoring leader.

2002 - Saku Koivu returned to the Montreal Canadiens after a seven-month battle with cancer. The win against the New Jersey Devils clinched Montreal's first postseason position since the 1997-98 season.

2002 - The New Jersey Nets won their first divisional title since joining the NBA in 1976.

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The Hunger Games continued its course as the No. 1 box office movie over the weekend, sinking the debut of American Reunion and the 3D re-release of Titanic. The Hunger Games made $33.5 million across North America.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 4:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers 1:05pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT


Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 2:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 4:35pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway 8:30pm EDT

Saturday --

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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