Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is April 15th, the 105th day of 2013. There are 260 days left in the year.

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Sting of North Stars departure remains 20 years later.

Yale beats top-seeded Quinnipiac for first NCAA title.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Thomas F. Wilson (Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future trilogy) is 54; Olympic swimmer Dara Torres is 46; Seth Rogen (The Green Hornet, Knocked Up) is 31; Emma Watson (Harry Potter movies) is 23.

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Buffalo, NY. --A hot goaltender was all that stood between the Tampa Bay Lightning and a victory on Sunday evening.

Benoit Pouliot had a goal, but unlike the previous day’s outing in the nation’s capital, the Lightning could not overcome an early multi-goal deficit, as they fell 3-1 to the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center.

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It's Income Tax Pay Day.

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WENATCHEE — Coming off one of their most dominating wins of the season, the Wenatchee Wild had a good opportunity to build a towering two-game lead over the Fresno Monsters on Saturday at Town Toyota Center.

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What happens to your online stuff when you die? Google has come up with Inactive Account Manager. It allows users to essentially push a self-destruct button should your account remain inactive for 3, 6, 9 or 12 months.

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U.S. National Sled Team Tops Norway, 7-0, at 2013 IPC World Championship
Pauls Nets Four Goals in a Row: Chace Adds Two Goals
Goyang, South Korea – Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) notched four goals to lead the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team to a 7-0 victory over Norway today at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship at Goyang SPART Complex. Pauls' quartet came consecutively over a span of 9:24 in the second period. The win secures a top-two finish in group play for Team USA (2-0-0-0, W-OTW-OTL-L) and a subsequent spot in the semifinal round on Thursday (April 18).

"I thought the first five minutes of the game we were kind of nervous and then after that we took charge of the game," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "We did a lot of good things. Our speed, our quickness and our pressure was the difference in the game."
Ten minutes into the first period Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) opened the scoring for the second day in a row. Kevin McKee (Davenport, Iowa) tracked down a loose puck behind the net and fed it into the high slot, where Chace snapped a shot high over the goaltender's glove. Four minutes later, Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) made it 2-0 on a breakaway by deking right and going left to beat the sprawling netminder. Rico Roman (Portland, Ore.) assisted on the tally.
Pauls erupted in the second period with goals at 0:42, 5:23, 6:29 and 10:06 to boost the U.S. lead to 6-0. Farmer set up the first and fourth goals with precise passes in front. Tyler Carron (Fort Collins, Colo.) and Greg Shaw (Merritt Island, Fla.) assisted the second goal, while Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) sprung Pauls on a breakaway for the third tally.
Chace potted his second goal of the day with 6:19 left in the game. Pauls and Farmer picked up the assists.
Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) started in goal and had four stops in 30 minutes. Two of his stops came early in the game when Norway had a power play and a partial breakaway. Jen Lee (San Francisco, Calif.) played the third period and made one save.
Team USA has a day off before it faces the Czech Republic (2-0-0-0) to decide the winner of Group A. Faceoff on Tuesday (April 16) is at 7 a.m. EDT (8 p.m. Korea Time).
All games are being streamed live on sledworlds.usahockey.com.
Scoring By Period
Team123Total
NOR0000
USA2417


First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Chace (McKee) 9:58; 2, USA, Farmer (Roman) 13:58. Penalties: None.
Second Period – Scoring: 3, USA, Pauls (Farmer) 0:42; 3, USA, Pauls (Carron, Shaw) 5:23; 4, USA, Pauls (Landeros) 6:29; 6, USA, Pauls (Farmer) 10:06. Penalties: none.
Third Period – Scoring: 7, USA, Chace (Pauls, Farmer) 8:41. Penalties: NOR, Austevoll (teeing).
Shots by Period
1
2
3
Total
NOR4015
USA68822
Goaltender (SH/SV)123Total
NOR, Hamar, L, 21:296/44/1--10/5
NOR, Buen, nd, 23:31--4/38/712/10
USA, Cash, W, 30:004/40/0--4/4
USA, Lee, nd, 15:00----1/11/1










Power Play:
 NOR 0-0; USA, 0-1
Penalties: NOR 1-2; USA, 0-0
2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship ScheduleApril 12-20, 2013 • Goyang, South Korea • Goyang SPART Complex and Park 
Date
Matchup
Time (Local/EDT)
Live Streaming
Sat., April 13
USA vs. SwedenW, 7-0paralympic.org
Sun., April 14
USA vs. NorwayW, 7-0paralympic.org
Tues., April 16
USA vs. Czech Republic8:00 p.m./7:00 a.m.paralympic.org
Thurs., April 18
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
3:00 p.m./2:00 a.m.
6:30 p.m./5:30 a.m.
paralympic.org
paralympic.org
Sat., April 20
Bronze Medal Game
Gold Medal Game
1:00 p.m./midnight
4:30 p.m./3:30 a.m.
paralympic.org
paralympic.org
NOTES: For video interviews with Jeff Sauer and Josh Pauls, plus photos from today's game, click here ... Josh Pauls was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Visit sledworlds.usahockey.com for complete coverage of Team USA at the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship, including videos, photos, features, game recaps and player information ... The official IPC tournament website is available here ... On Twitter, follow@usahockey and @usahockeyscores for additional coverage, using #Goyang2013 ... Jeff Sauer was named head coach of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team on Thursday (Feb. 14). He is in his second season as head coach of the U.S. National Sled Team ... The U.S. improves to 11-2-0 (W-L-T) this season ... Team USA has won the last three major international events, including the 2009 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic; the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, B.C.; and the 2012 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championship in Hamar, Norway ... Eight members of the 2012-13 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Games ... The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team for the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, will be chosen this summer … Dan Brennan is the general manager for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.

U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team Bests Canada, 4-1, in Tune-Up
Prior to 2013 IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship
Clifton Scores Goal, Adds Assist in Victory
SOCHI, Russia – Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) scored one goal and added an assist, as the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team bested Canada, 4-1, here tonight at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in a pre-tournament game preceding the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Under-18 Championship, which runs from April 18-28, in Sochi, Russia.
"It was great to see game action tonight after two weeks in between contests," said Don Granato, head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team. "All four lines had great chemistry and we'll use tonight's experience to prepare for Russia on Thursday."
Team USA struck first at 12:29 of the opening period. Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) wristed the puck over Canadian goaltender Spencer Martin into the far corner of the net. Michael McCarron (Macomb, Mich.) and Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) assisted on the power-play marker. Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) turned aside six shots in the frame.
The U.S. doubled its lead at 13:43 of the second stanza when Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.) found the back of the net on a rebound. Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn.) had the initial shot, earning an assist, whileClifton registered the second assist. Team USA outshot Canada, 9-6, in the frame.
The Americans staked a three-goal lead at 10:02 of the final period, when Clifton launched a slap shot past Philippe Desrosiers. Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) earned the lone assist. Sean Malone (West Seneca, N.Y.) added to the Team USA advantage when he jammed the puck past the goal line. McCarron collected his second helper on the night. Canada answered right back, but the U.S. lead proved insurmountable and Team USA won, 4-1.
Demko and Blake Weyrick (Ojai, Calif.) combined to stop 20 shots in the victory for the U.S., while Martin and Desrosiers combined to make 23 saves in the loss for Canada.
The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team opens tournament play on Thursday (April 18) against Russia at 8 p.m. local time (12 p.m. EDT), at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. The game will be streamed live on FASTHockey.com. Team USA's complete schedule can be found below.
NOTES: Team USA outshot Canada, 27-21 ... The U.S. finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while Canada went 0-for-3 with the man advantage ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... Twenty-two players on the U.S. roster come from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program ... The U.S. enters the tournament having captured a record nine consecutive medals, including back-to-back gold medals in 2005-06, four straight gold medals from 2009-12, two silver medals (2004, 2007) and one bronze medal (2008). Team USA’s seven 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 the Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia and Russia. Group B consists of Canada, Germany, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #U18MWC ... More information about the 2013 IIHF World Men's U18 Championship can be found here. ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team trains 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
CAN0 -0 -1 -1
USA1 -1 -2 -4


First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Allen (McCarron, Kelleher), 12:29, (pp). Penalties: CAN, Bench (too-many-men), 6:35; CAN, McKeown (interference), 10:57.
Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Penalties: USA, Eichel (Clifton, Fasching), 13:43. Ausmus (interference), 8:01; USA, Cook (hooking), 8:29.
Third Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Clifton (Motte), 10:02; 4, USA, Malone (McCarron), 16:30; 5, CAN, Labbe (Bennett, Klimchuk), 16:45. Penalties: USA, McCarron (roughing), 2:30; CAN, Ritchie (roughing), 2:30; CAN, Pepin (cross-checking), 7:46; USA, Kelleher (high-sticking), 10:12; USA, Thompson (interference), 11:53; CAN, Pepin (interference), 11:53; USA, Clifton (roughing), 14:59; CAN, Garlent (roughing), 14:59; CAN, Morin (tripping), 18:54.

Shots by Period
1
2
3
Total
CAN66921
USA691227
Goaltenders (SH/SV)123Total
CAN, Martin, 40:006/59/8--15/13
CAN, Desrosiers, 20:00----12/1012/10
USA, Demko, 40:006/66/6--12/12
USA, Weyrick, 20:00----9/89/8






Power Play: CAN 0-3; USA 1-4
Penalties: 
CAN 7-14; USA 6-12

Team USA 2013 IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship Schedule
April 18-28 • Sochi, Russia
DateOpponentTime (Local/EDT)Live Webcast
Sun., April 14Canada*W, 4-1FASTHockey.com
Thu., April 18Russia8 p.m./12 p.m.FASTHockey.com
Sat., April 20Czech Republic3:30 p.m./7:30 p.m.FASTHockey.com
Sun., April 21Latvia5 p.m./9 a.m.FASTHockey.com
Tue., April 23Finland3:30 p.m./7:30 p.m.FASTHockey.com
Thu., April 25QuarterfinalsTBDTBD
Fri., April 26SemifinalsTBDTBD
Sun., April 28Bronze-Medal Game4 p.m./8 a.m.TBD
Sun., April 28Gold-Medal Game8 p.m./12 p.m.TBD
*pre-tournament game

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The first balloon was flown in Ireland on this date in 1784.

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Former Stampeder Joffrey Reynolds arrested for allegedly breaching court order and contacting ex.

Gregor: Eskimos GM Ed Hervey stays focused during first four months on the job.

Visit the league's official website at cfl.ca.

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The city of San Francisco was incorporated on this date in 1850.

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Tampa, FL. —For this year's "Mother's Day Makeover" program, the Bucs are turning One Buc Place into a full-service spa and providing a day of pampering for 50 deserving women in the military…Send in your nominations now!

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In the comic strip "Blondie," Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead welcomed a baby boy, Alexander on this date in 1934. The child would be nicknamed, Baby Dumpling.

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Boston, MA. -- Kelly Johnson understood the situation when he stepped to the plate to lead off the eighth inning against Clay Buchholz in the Red Sox's 5-0 win over the Rays at Fenway Park on Sunday.

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Former POTUS George W. Bush and his wife Laura became first-time grandparents Saturday when their daughter, Jenna Hager, gave birth to a baby girl named Mila.

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Chicago, IL. -- Hunter Pence made his point as solidly as he made contact in Sunday's ninth inning.

One strike away from defeat, the Giants outlasted the Chicago Cubs in 10 innings, 10-7, after Pence delivered a two-out, two-strike homer to forge a tie and send the game to extras. San Francisco sustained that momentum to score three runs in the 10th, aided by a balk and run-scoring hits by Buster Posey and Marco Scutaro.

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TODAY IS TAX DEADLINE DAY - Worried you won't get your taxes done in time? You can file an automatic six-month extension with the IRS and receive no late penalties. Fill out form 4868 and submit it to the IRS on or before Monday, April 15.

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I'll open this one myself Daddy!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as a tornado watch, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1957 - Elvis Presley visited the estate he just bought.

1969 - Elvis Presley signed a contract for his appearance at the Las Vegas International Hotel in August.

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The New York Yankees turned a rare triple play the other day. [I had a triple play this weekend, too. I went from the bed to the refrigerator to the couch.]

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Today in Beatles History:

1927 - Author Albert Goldman was born. He wrote a John Lennon biography and the liner notes for Professor Longhair.

1971 - The Beatles won an Oscar for Best Film Music (Original Song Score) for "Let It Be."

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A 19-year-old Vero Beach, Florida, man named Vincent Valvo was arrested for calling 911 twice to complain about his mom. There's no word from police on what Valvo's mom said that caused him to call 911.

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Today in Sports History:

1947 - Jackie Robinson played his first major league baseball game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Previously he had only appeared in exhibition games.

1972 - The major league baseball season began following a players strike.

1976 - Yankee Stadium II opened.

1989 - In Sheffield, England, 96 people died at Hillsborough stadium during a semifinal soccer match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Most of the victims were crushed when a barrier collapsed on an overcrowded pen behind one of the goals.

2000 - Cal Ripken Jr. (Baltimore Orioles) became the 24th major league player to reach 3,000 hits.

2002 - HSN began airing "The NHL Show" featuring Phil Esposito.

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The Jackie Robinson biopic 42 hit it out of the box-office over the weekend. Its $27 million debut is the best any baseball film has ever managed.

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FORT WORTH, Tex. -- The record book will say that Kyle Busch won the NRA 500 on Saturday night.

If truth be known, Busch started the process on Friday afternoon and applied the coup de grace with 20 laps left on Saturday evening.

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The first episode of the "Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" radio show aired on this date in 1951.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets 8:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers 8:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers 8:10pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fresno Monsters 10:45pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens 7:30pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fresno Monsters 10:00pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- STP 400 at Kansas Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 1:40pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes 6:00pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fresno Monsters 8:05pm EDT (If neeeded)

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

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