Saturday, April 27, 2013

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Today is April 27th, the 117th day of 2013. There are 248 days left in the year.


Crosby practices with Penguins, possible for Game 1.

Playoff Primer April 27: Final spots decided Saturday.

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U.S. President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus on this date in 1861.


Tampa, FL. --Martin St. Louis has accomplished so much in his career that with each and every milestone, comes an additional chance to recognize the Tampa Bay Lightning forward's greatness and begin to wonder about his place in history.

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West Virginia seceded from Virginia on this date in 1861 after Virginia seceded from the Union during the American Civil War.


Wenatchee, WA. -- When everything’s dead even on the ice, good fortune can be a mighty fine asset to have on your side.

Fortune was definitely on the Wenatchee Wild’s side in Friday’s 1-0 home win over a very competitive Fairbanks Ice Dogs squad in a contest that was completely even until the 11th hour.

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The Wenatchee Wild continue the West Division finals tonight in Wenatchee at 10:05pm EDT. Catch all the action on or


Francis Clarke and M.G. Foster patented the electrical hearing aid on this date in 1880.


Johnson, Palushaj and Trouba Added to 2013 U.S. Men's National Team

Team USA Opens Tournament May 4 vs. Austria

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Defenseman Erik Johnson (Bloomington, Minn./Colorado Avalanche/Univ. of Minnesota), forward Aaron Palushaj (Northville, Mich./Colorado Avalanche/Univ. of Michigan) and defensemanJacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich./Winnipeg Jets/Univ. of Michigan) have been added to the the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship, USA Hockey announced today. The tournament is scheduled for May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.

Johnson has played for six U.S. National Teams, highlighted by the 2010 U.S. Men's Olympic Ice Hockey Team. He helped Team USA to a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C. He played on the U.S. Men's National Team at the 2007 IIHF Men's World Championship. Johnson skated in the 2006 and 2007 IIHF World Junior Championships, collecting a bronze medal in 2007. He helped Team USA win back-to-back gold medals at the 2005 and 2006 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championships.

Palushaj previously represented Team USA at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Trouba has won a gold medal at three of the four IIHF World Championship events in which he has competed. Most recently, he was an alternate captain for the gold-medal winning U.S. squad at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Trouba earned the directorate award as the tournament's best defenseman. He was a member of the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team as well. Trouba helped Team USA win gold medals at the 2011 and 2012 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championships.

The first 15 players for the U.S. Men's National Team were announced on April 24. Team USA now has eight forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders 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: Seventeen of 18 announced members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... Seven of the 18 players announced are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Matt CarleJustin FaulkMatt HunwickErik Johnson, Danny KristoJamie McBain and Jacob Trouba ... Seven NHL teams are represented on the roster. The Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets ... Joe Sacco, head coach of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, was named head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Men's Team. Tim Army, Danton Cole and Phil Housley will serve as assistant coaches ... For an up-to-date list of players named to the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team, click here ... The 2013 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), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi(Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Dale Tallon (Florida) and NHL scouts Brian Burke (Anaheim) and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh) ... 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 2013 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 Stockholm.

U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team Topples Russia, 4-3, in Shootout
in Semifinals at 2013 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship 
Team USA Advances to Gold-Medal Game Versus Canada
SOCHI, Russia – Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) and J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) scored in the shootout and Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) stopped both opposing shooters, leading the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team past Russia, 4-3, in a shootout here tonight at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in the semifinal round at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men's World Championship. Team USA will compete for its fifth straight gold medal against Canada on Sunday.
"I'm proud of how hard we played tonight," said Don Granato, head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team. "We'll take a moment to enjoy this victory, but its right back to work tomorrow. Any time you have an opportunity to play for a medal is special and we look forward to a great matchup with Canada."
Team USA opened scoring at 16:09 of the first period on the power play. Michael McCarron (Macomb, Mich.) jammed the puck past Russian netminder Igor Shestyorkin in a scramble in front of the net.
Early in the second stanza, the U.S. was whistled for two penalties simultaneously resulting in a 5-on-3 opportunity for Russia. Team USA killed off all but 15 seconds of the two-man advantage before surrendering the game-tying goal at 5:14. Russia then took a 2-1 lead at 12:49.
Tommy Vannelli (Minnetonka, Minn.) evened the score at 4:04 of the third period, wristing a shot past Shestyorkin. Kelleher created the opportunity by skating toward the front of the crease, holding the puck and freezing the goalie, before dropping it back to Vannelli who buried the puck. Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) also assisted on the play. Russia regained the lead at 16:41, before Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.) struck back for the U.S. Falling down; Louis knocked it off Shestyorkin's leg pad and into the net. Time expired in the third period with the squads deadlocked at three.
Team USA put seven shots on net in the extra frame, while Russia had five. Both netminders turned aside each shot they faced to force a decisive, three-round shootout.
Kelleher scored first in the shootout, while Demko made a stop on Russia's first shooter. After a U.S. miss and another save by Demko, Compher lit the lamp to send Team USA to the gold-medal game on Sunday.
The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team will face Canada in the gold-medal game on Sunday (April 28) at 8 p.m. local time (12 p.m. EDT), at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. The gold-medal game will be streamed live Team USA's complete schedule can be found below.
NOTES: Steven Santini was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The U.S. outshot Russia, 57-29 ... Team USA finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while Russia went 1-for-5 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 Under-18 Men's World 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 tournament can be found here. ... The U.S. National Under-18 Team trains with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary new software program released on October 1, 2010, that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit
Scoring By Period
RUS0 -2 -1 -0 -0 -3
USA1 -0 -2 -0 -1 -4

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Kelleher (McCarron, Motte), 16:09, (pp). Penalties: USA, McCarron (interference), 8:43; RUS, Barbashev (boarding), 14:15; RUS, Stetsenko (tripping), 16:40.
Second Period - Scoring: 2, RUS, Buchnevich (Nichushkin), 5:14, (5-on-3); 3, RUS, Nichushkin (Buchnevich), 12:49. Penalties: USA, Compher (slashing), 3:28; USA, Ausmus (roughing), 3:28.
Third Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Vannelli (Kelleher, Allen), 4:04; 5, RUS, Leshenko (Barbashev), 16:41; 6, USA, Louis (unassisted), 17:55. Penalties: USA, Fasching (tripping), 4:57; RUS, Leshenko (hooking), 14:22.
Overtime Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Butcher (hooking), 6:31.

Shots by Period
Goaltenders (SH/SV)123OTTotal
RUS, Shestyorkin, 70:0012/1116/1622/207/757/54
USA, Demko, 70:008/811/95/45/529/26

Power Play: RUS 1-5; USA 1-4
 RUS 4-8; USA 5-10

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,
Thu., April 18RussiaL,
Sat., April 20Czech RepublicW,
Sun., April 21LatviaW,
Tue., April 23FinlandL,
Thu., April 25Sweden (QF)W,
Fri., April 26Russia (SF)W, 4-3 (SO)
Sun., April 28Canada (Gold Medal)8 p.m./12
*pre-tournament game


Grant's Tomb was dedicated on this date in 1897.


Recovering Calvillo ready for change in Montreal.

Garrett ready to reignite competition at running back.

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On this date in 1938, Geraldine Apponyi married King Zog of Albania. She was the first American woman to become a queen.


Tampa, FL. — Despite having an established starter in Josh Freeman, the Buccaneers valued depth at the quarterback position, especially in the form of a talented athlete who fit their system and could offer offensive continuity if needed.

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The SS African Star was placed in service on this date in 1946. It was the first commercial ship to be equipped with radar.


Chicago, IL. -- There's wildness where a pitcher struggles to throw strikes, and there's wildness where a pitcher throws too many strikes -- or better stated, too many hittable strikes.

Rays starter Roberto Hernandez didn't walk a batter in six innings Friday night, but was wild within the strike zone as he allowed three home runs in a 5-4 loss to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

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On this date in 1953, the U.S. offered $50,000 and political asylum to any Communist pilot that delivered a MIG jet.


San Diego, CA. -- Attention, free-agent shoppers: Tim Lincecum provided further evidence Friday night that he remains capable of being an effective pitcher.

Unfortunately for the Giants, their hitters couldn't match Lincecum's excellence, as the offense went virtually silent for the final seven innings in a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.

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On this date in 1960, the submarine Tullibee was launched from Groton, CT. It was the first sub to be equipped with closed-circuit television.


I think I'll pick up this egg.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching the Beaver football spring game, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1960 - Elvis Presley worked on the soundtrack to "G.I. Blues" in Nashville.

1967 - Elvis Presley completed his work on the movie "Clambake."

1967 - The Elvis Presley movie "Easy Come, Easy Go" premiered in the U.K.


The United Kingdom granted Sierra Leone independence on this date in 1961.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - John Lennon's "In His Own Write," a collection of funny poems and drawings, was published in the U.S.

1981 - Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach were married in London. Paul McCartney and George Harrison attended the ceremony.

2003 - In Britain, the Sunday Times reported that Paul McCartney was the Britain's richest musician. His personal fortune was listed as $1.2 billion.


"Pampers" were patented by R.C. Duncan on this date in 1965.


Today in Sports History:

1899 - The Western Golf Association was founded in Chicago, IL.

1903 - Jamaica Race Track opened in Long Island, NY.

1938 - A colored baseball was used for the first time in any baseball game. The ball was yellow and was used between Columbia and Fordham Universities in New York City.

1947 - "Babe Ruth Day" was celebrated at Yankee Stadium.

1963 - Brian Sternberg set the pole vault record 16 feet, 5 inches.

1983 - Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) broke a 55-year-old major league baseball record when he struck out the 3,509th batter of his career.


On this date in 2005, the A380, the world's largest jetliner, completed its maiden flight. The passenger capability was 840.


Richmond, VA. -- Brad Keselowski ducked underneath Kyle Busch to take the lead with 10 laps to go Friday night and won a wild NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

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On this date in 2006 in New York, NY, construction began on the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower on the site of former World Trade Center.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 7:00pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 8:40pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox 2:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT


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

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