Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is February 11th, the 42nd day of 2013. There are 323 days left in the year.


Langenbrunner hoping surgery won't end his career.

Blues activate Halak off injured reserve.

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Today's Birthdays: Actress Tina Louise (Ginger on Gilligan's Island) is 79; Burt Reynolds is 77; Sheryl Crow is 51; Jennifer Aniston is 44; Damian Lewis (Homeland, Band of Brothers) is 42.


New York, NY. -- Perhaps there is no better time for the Tampa Bay Lightning to be returning home.

Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and goaltender Anders Lindback stopped 11 of 13 shots in relief, but as the Lightning lost their fourth consecutive game on Sunday night following a 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

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On Tuesday night President Obama will deliver the State of the Union Address. Marco Rubio will give the GOP response. Ron Paul will represent the Tea Party. [And New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will speak on behalf of Dunkin Donuts.]


U.S. National Under-17 Team Rolls Over Finland, 5-1,
at 2013 Five Nations Tournament
Team USA Finishes in Third Place
JARVENPAA, Finland - Blake Weyrick (Ojai, Calif.) turned aside 24 shots, as the U.S. National Under-17 Team rolled over Finland, 5-1, at the 2013 Five Nations Tournament here today at Jarvenpaa Arena. With the victory, Team USA finishes with a record of 2-0-1-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and earns third place.
"We continued to play better as the tournament progressed," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "Although we had the ultimate goal of claiming the title, it was a great experience for the guys."
Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) scored just 22 seconds in the first frame to give Team USA an early lead. Ryan Bliss(Bedford, N.H.) and Joe Wegwerth (Brewster, N.Y.) collected assists on the tally. Finland knotted the game, 1-1, at 8:38. The U.S. responded when Anders Bjork (Mequon, Wis.) lit the lamp at 12:09. Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.) registered the lone assist. Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) put the Americans up by two goals when he found the back of the net at 15:50. Nolan Stevens (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Seamus Malone (Naperville, Ill.) assisted.
The U.S. tallied the only goal of the second stanza at 2:21 when Milano took a Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.) pass and buried it into the net. Team USA outshot Finland, 12-6, in the frame.
Team USA and Finland each put 10 shots on net in the third frame. After the U.S. was whistled for a penalty late in the period, Finland pulled its netminder in favor of the extra attacker. The gamble did not pay off as Larkin potted an empty net goal for the Americans at 3:36. Eichel earned an assist on the play.
Weyrick kicked out 24 shots in the win for Team USA, while Kaapo Kahkonen made 31 saves in the loss for Finland.
NOTES: Blake Weyrick was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The U.S. outshot Finland, 36-25 ... Team USA finished 0-for-5 on the power play, while Finland went 0-for-5 ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team is competing in the Five Nations Tournament for the first time. In previous years, the Under-17 Team competed in the Vlad Dzurilla Under-18 Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia. The U.S. claimed first place seven times, including the last three years (2010-12) and four straight from 2005-08 ... For the official U17 Five Nations Tournament page, clickhere ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program website and 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, ... For the complete U.S. National Under-17 Team roster, click here.
Scoring By Period
FIN1 -0 -0 -1
USA3 -1 -1 -5

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Tuch (Bliss, Wegwerth), 0:22; 2, FIN, Keskitalo (unassisted), 8:38; 3, USA, Bjork (Milano), 12:09; 4, USA, Larkin (Stevens, Malone), 15:50. Penalties: FIN, Tervo (boarding), 1:39; USA, Fiegl (tripping), 12:25; USA, Bjork (hooking), 16:26.
Second Period - Scoring: 5, USA, Milano (Eichel), 2:21. Penalties: FIN, Makinen (slashing), 7:43.
Third Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Hitchcock (Eichel), 3:36, (sh). Penalties: FIN, Makinen (holding), 2:26; USA, Collins (high-sticking), 4:48; USA, Malone (cross-checking), 8:26; FIN, Gymer (tripping), 12:08; USA, Wegwerth (hooking), 15:00; FIN, Lamsa (boarding), 19:45.

Shots by Period
Goaltenders (SH/SV)123Total
FIN, Kahkonen, 58:3613/1012/1110/1035/31
USA, Weyrick, 60:009/86/610/1025/24

Power Play: FIN 0-5; USA 0-5
FIN 5-10; USA 5-10

2013 U.S. National Under-17 Team Five Nations Tournament ScheduleFeb. 6-10, 2013 • Jarvenpaa, Finland
DateOpponentLocationTime (EST)
Wed., Feb. 6RussiaKellokoskiL, 3-4 (SO)
Fri., Feb. 8SwedenJarvenpaaL, 3-4
Sat., Feb. 9Czech RepublicJarvenpaaW, 8-2
Sun., Feb. 10FinlandJarvenpaaW, 5-1

U.S. National Under-18 Team Defeats Sweden, 3-2,
in Overtime at 2013 Five Nations Tournament
Team USA Finishes in Fourth Place
JONKOPING, Sweden - Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) scored in overtime, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team defeated Sweden, 3-2, at the 2013 Five Nations Tournament here today at Kinnarps Arena. With the victory, Team USA finishes with a record of 1-1-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and earns fourth place.
"We battled hard and showed a lot of character in today's win," said Don Granato, head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team. "This tournament will help serve as a learning experience as we fine tune our team heading into the final stages of the USHL season and the Under-18 World Championship in April."
Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.) netted the first goal of the game at 8:06 of the opening frame. Tyler Kelleher(Longmeadow, Mass.) registered the lone assist on the score. The U.S. outshot Sweden, 23-5, in the period.
Sweden notched back-to-back goals, one on the power play, in the second stanza to gain the edge over the Americans. Team USA fired 15 shots on Swedish netminder Jonas Johansson, but was unable to find the game-tying goal before time expired on the frame.
J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) put the puck into the net at 9:55 to tie the game, 2-2. U.S. goaltender Evan Cowley(Evergreen, Colo.) turned aside all nine shots he faced to send the game into overtime.
Team USA put two shots on net in the extra period, while holding Sweden to none. Allen scored at 1:06 to send the U.S. away victorious, 3-2.
Cowley made 21 saves in the win for the Americans, while Johansson made 48 saves in the overtime loss for Sweden.
NOTES: Evan Allen was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The U.S. outshot Sweden, 51-23 ... The U.S. finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while Sweden went 1-for-4 ... Evan Cowley led all goaltenders in the tournament in goals-against average (2.33) ... J.T. Compher ranked tied for fourth in points in the tournament with five (4-1) and second in goals scored (4) ... For the official U18 Five Nations Tournament page, click here ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program website and 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 ... For the complete U.S. National Under-18 Team roster, click here.
Scoring By Period
USA1 -0 -1 -1 -3
SWE0 -2 -0 -0 -2

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Louis (Kelleher), 8:06. Penalties: SWE, Dahlstrom (cross-checking), 6:39; USA, Compher (interference), 6:43; SWE, Hagg (roughing), 7:18; USA, Motte (roughing), 7:18; SWE, Crus-Rydberg (hooking), 11:35.
Second Period - Scoring: 2, SWE, Brodecki (Forsbacka-Karlsson), 2:41; 3, SWE, Wallmark (Hagg, Andersson), 6:17, (pp). Penalties: USA, Hamilton (cross-checking), 5:51; SWE, Franzen (hooking), 10:56; USA, Thompson (slashing), 12:23; USA, Thompson (roughing), 18:25; SWE, Blomberg (interference), 18:25.
Third Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Compher (unassisted), 19:55. Penalties: SWE, Westlund (hooking), 4:27; USA, McCarron (abuse-of-officials), 5:13.
Overtime Period - Scoring: 5, USA, Allen (unassisted), 1:06. Penalties: None.

Shots by Period
Goaltenders (SH/SV)12
USA, Cowley, 61:065/59/7
SWE, Johansson, 61:0623/2215/15

Power Play: USA 0-4; SWE 1-4
USA 6-12; SWE 6-12

2013 U.S. National Under-18 Team Five Nations Tournament ScheduleFeb. 6-10, 2012 • Jonkoping, Sweden
DateOpponentLocationTime (EST)/Result
Wed., Feb. 6FinlandJonkopingL, 2-4
Fri., Feb. 8Czech RepublicJonkopingW, 5-1
Sat., Feb. 9RussiaJonkopingL, 3-4
Sun., Feb. 10SwedenJonkopingW, 3-2 (OT)

Sixth Annual Hockey Weekend Across America, Presented by CCM, Starts Friday
Themes Slated for Each of the Three Days
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The sixth annual Hockey Weekend Across America presented by CCM, will be celebrated across the United States Feb. 15-17.

"Hockey Weekend Across America has become a staple on the hockey calendar in our country," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "Not only is it a time to celebrate the game and those involved at all levels, but it also gives us a chance to share this great sport with those who may not have had the chance to enjoy it previously."

Each of the three days of Hockey Weekend Across America has a theme, including Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey, sponsored by on Friday; Try Hockey Day, sponsored by the National Hockey League on Saturday; and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes on Sunday.

The website contains a list of activities across the country for hockey fans and players to get involved in. A sampling of the hundreds of registered events are below.

"Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day" on Friday (Feb. 15) is the day for fans to show off their hockey pride by wearing their prized hockey jerseys. Fans are encouraged to submit their photos to USA Hockey's Facebook and Twitter pages. Use the hashtag #HWAA for Twitter posts.

On Saturday (Feb. 16), some 200 rinks nationwide will host "Try Hockey for Free" clinics, allowing thousands of children to experience hockey for the first time. Visit for more details or to find a rink near you hosting an event.

To cap off the weekend, "Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes" day on Sunday (Feb. 17) encourages hockey programs nationwide to develop ways to honor their local hockey heroes. USA Hockey invites all to post stories about their hockey hero on

Sunday also features NBC's Hockey Day in America coverage, which includes an NHL doubleheader on NBC (Buffalo at Pittsburgh; Los Angeles at Chicago) and coverage of a third NHL game that evening on NBC Sports Network (Washington at New York Rangers). Along with its game coverage, NBC will also produce content in and around the games showcasing hockey at all levels in the United States.

Now through Feb. 17 fans can enter the Hockey Weekend Across America "Pick Six Sweepstakes" to win one of three grand prizes -- the choice of six of 12 CCM products, including a hockey stick, hockey gloves, helmet/facemask combo, hockey pants, shoulder pads, shin pads, hockey bag, elbow pads, winter jacket, mini-hockey set, sports bag or golf bag. In addition to the grand prize winners, three "Pick Six" daily prize winners (one per day of Hockey Weekend Across America) will receive a CCM "Strap a Rocket to the Puck" hockey stick and 30 consolation prizes of a USA Hockey custom hat will be awarded (10 per day of Hockey Weekend Across America). and click "Sweepstakes" in the top right corner to enter.

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. On Sunday, the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team's three-game playoff run to the gold medal will be shown at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET.

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 ... The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will be in action during Hockey Weekend Across America. Team USA will play a three-game exhibition series vs. Canada in Ottawa, Ont., Feb. 14-16 ... Nine NCAA and 21 NHL games will be televised during Hockey Weekend Across America. The schedule is available here ... On Saturday (Feb. 16), the eighth annual Hockey Day in Michigan will be celebrated in cooperation with the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Fox Sports Detroit has an NCAA men's ice hockey doubleheader on Feb. 16, featuring CCHA rivals Bowling Green at Ferris State and Northern Michigan at Michigan State. On Feb. 15, Fox Sports Detroit will broadcast the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Anaheim Ducks. Throughout the weekend, Fox Sports Detroit will air special features about hockey in Michigan. A total of 20 Try Hockey for Free" clinics will be conducted over the weekend in the Great Lakes State ... Follow@USAHockey on Twitter and use the hashtag #HWAA to join the conversation throughout the weekend. For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's Facebook page.
2013 Hockey Weekend Across American, presented by CCM
A Look at Some of the Happenings Around the Country
Chicago, IllinoisUSA Hockey and the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois are putting on a Try Hockey for Free clinic outdoors at Soldier Field on Feb. 16 as a part of the Hockey City Classic Winter Festival.

Fairbanks, Alaska

The Fairbanks Hockey Hall of Fame is holding a Hockey Extravaganza on Feb. 16 where there will be a day of hockey at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

Rochester, New York
The Rochester Americans have promotions on Feb. 15 and 17. On Feb. 15, any fan wearing their favorite jersey can purchase a best available ticket for $12. On Feb. 17, free admission is offered to all youth and high school hockey players.

Oxnard, California
On Feb. 16, the Channel Islands Youth Hockey League invites kids aged 5-10 to a Try Hockey for Free clinic at Channel Islands Ice Center.

Kansas City, Missouri 
On Feb. 16, the KC Fighting Saints are hosting Try Hockey For Free at Line Creek Community Center from 4:10-5:10 p.m., with public skating to follow from 2-4 p.m.

Hartford, Connecticut
On Feb. 16, the Connecticut Whale is offering lower level end zone seats for $10 to youth hockey players wearing their team jersey.

Big Sky, Montana
Local NHL Star Marty Pavelich will host a Try Hockey for Free clinic on Feb. 17 from 4-6 p.m. An adult game will follow.

Des Moines, Iowa
On Feb. 16, the Des Moines High School League will host Pink in the Rink Night as all players will wear pink jerseys. Proceeds will go to breast cancer research.

Oakland, California

At Oakland Ice Center on Feb. 16, kids ages 4-12 are invited to a Try Hockey for Free clinic.

Mattaponi, Virginia

King & Queen Elementary School is holding an intramural co-ed floor hockey tournament & girls intramural championship on Feb. 15.

Westland, Michigan
At 1 p.m. on Feb. 16, Westland Public Library will welcome veteran hockey broadcaster, Raymond Rolak, to share some of ice hockey's rich history.

Estero, Florida
The Florida Everblades are offering a buy-one-get-one ticket offier to fans who wear their favorite hockey jerseys to the Feb. 15 game vs. the South Carolina Stingrays.
 Sirius/XM NHL Network Radio
Hockey Weekend Across America Programming
Hockey This Morning on Sirius/XM NHL Network Radio
All guests on with host Mike Ross and Mick Kern at 9:25 a.m. EST
XM 92 / Sirius 207
Monday, Feb. 11
Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey since 2005. He held the same position from 1993-99 and was USA Hockey's director of public relations from 1978-80, which included serving as the PR contact for the 1980 'Miracle on Ice' Team.

Tuesday, Feb. 12
Jim Johannson, assistant executive director, hockey operations for USA Hockey. The U.S. National Junior Team has enjoyed unprecedented success during Johannson's four years as general manager, winning the gold medal in 2010 and 2013, as well as a bronze medal in 2011.

Wednesday, Feb. 13
Katey Stone, head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team since 2010-11 and the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Team. Stone is in her 19th season as the head women's ice hockey coach at Harvard University, where she is the active wins leader in NCAA Division I women's hockey.
Thursday, Feb. 14Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Sauer was the men's ice hockey head coach at both Colorado College (1971-80) and the University of Wisconsin (1983-2002). At UW he won a pair of NCAA national championships (1983, 1990).

Friday, Feb. 15Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey since 2003. He has been involved with USA Hockey since 1973 and is a recipient of the the Lester Patrick Trophy for his contributions to hockey in the U.S.


If you'll pay $5 for a cup of coffee, maybe you're the type who will pay $35 for a jar of pasta sauce. Sunday Gravy, is made by chef Steven Smith and Grace Clerihew. They spend 6 to 8 hours slow-braising pork shoulder and beef chuck before adding it to a plum-tomato sauce with basil, onions and garlic, mini-meatballs and sliced sausage. The $35 gets you a 32-ounce jar.


Roughriders D-Line set to wreak havoc in 2013.

Jackson ready to take on next career challenge with Lions.

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How popular is Valentines Day in America? Not as popular as you may think. Sixty percent will celebrate on Thursday, making just about every other holiday, except St. Patrick's Day, more popular.


Tampa, FL. — Sixth-graders at 13 Bay Area middle schools will be spending more time getting physically fit this spring, and the most dedicated will win phys-ed makeovers for their schools.

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If you watch Law & Order: SVU, I'm betting this will be the plot of an upcoming episode. Police in France are investigating a series of sexual assaults and have arrested identical twin brothers. Officers say they are sure that one of the two 24-year-old unemployed delivery drivers carried out the attacks, but that they do not know which. Standard DNA tests are unable to differentiate between their DNA.


Jimmy tastes yummys at Daddy's Happy Birthday.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching the start of spring training, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on "Stage Show" for the third time. He was finally given permission from CBS to perform "Heartbreak Hotel." He also sang "Blue Suede Shoes."

1960 - Elvis Presley received his sergeant's stripes.

1966 - Elvis Presley arrived at MGM to begin pre-production work on the movie "Spinout."

1979 - The TV movie "Elvis," with Kurt Russell, aired on ABC.

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live." 


Identity Thief with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman stole the top slot at the weekend box office. Identity Thief brought in $36.6 million at the box office.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles recorded their first album "Please Please Please Me," including "Twist & Shout" and "I Saw Her Standing There."

1964 - The Beatles played their first U.S. concert at the Collisseum in Washington, DC.

1965 - Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox were married. They divorced in 1975.

1970 - The film "The Magic Christian," featuring Ringo Starr debuted in New York City.

1970 - John Lennon paid 1,344 pounds in fines for protesting the South African rugby team playing in Scotland.

1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono played "Instant Karma" on the BBC TV show "Top of the Pops."

2002 - Friends of former Beatle George Harrison filed an amendment death certificate. The original death certificate listed a fake address in Beverly Hills. Harrison had actually died several miles away in Hollywood Hills. 



For Valentine's Day, some apps to rev up your relationship:

Avocado is an app that let's you stay in touch with your sweetie by sending cute messages, share photos, manage dates, create shared lists (vacation ideas, grocery lists), and send hugs and kisses (the app vibrates when you place the phone against your chest).

BeCouply is an app that offers fresh ideas for date night.

Treat lets you design your own greeting card using personal photos and customized text. These are real greeting cards you can send to your sweetie. The app is free but, of course, the cards comes with a price.


Today in Sports History:

1878 - The first U.S. bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, was formed.

1922 - The Toronto St. Patricks and the Ottawa Senators recorded the first tie game in NHL history.

1957 - The NHL Players Association was formed in New York City. Ted Lindsay (Detroit Red Wings) was elected as president.

1966 - Willie Mays became the highest paid player in baseball. He signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants for $130,000 a year.

1968 - The new 20,000 seat Madison Square Garden officially opened in New York. This was the fourth Garden.

1971 - Jean Beliveau (Montreal Canadiens) scored his 500th career goal.

1973 - The Philadelphia 76ers lost their 20th game of a twenty-game losing streak.

1984 - Wayne Gretzky set an NHL record when he scored his 11th short handed goal of the season.

1986 - The single "Superbowl Shuffle" by the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew was certified gold by the RIAA.

1990 - In Tokyo, Japan, James "Buster" Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in the tenth round to win the heavyweight championship.

2003 - Mike Modano (Dallas Stars) became only the second American-born NHL player to play in 1,000 games with the same team. All of Modano's games had come with the Minnesota North Stars and Dallas Stars. Brian Leetch (New York Rangers) was the first American-born player to play in 1,000 NHL games.


On this date in 1984, the tenth Space Shuttle mission returned to Earth safely.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadians 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 3:00pm EST

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs. Palm Beach Hawks 5:15pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs. Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs. Palm Beach Hawks 9:30am EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs. Palm Beach Hawks 12:15pm EST


That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow!

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