Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is April 29th, the 119th day of 2013. There are 246 days left in the year.

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NHL announces Stanley Cup Playoffs Rd. 1 schedule.

Sacco out as Avalanche coach after four seasons.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Jerry Seinfeld is 59; Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln, There Will Be Blood) is 56; Michelle Pfeiffer (I Am Sam, The Story Of Us) is 55; Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch's Jan Brady) is 55.

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Tampa, FL. --Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos joined an exclusive club Saturday night.

The Tampa Bay Lightning forwards finished the regular season one and two, respectively, in the NHL points race to become the first duo to accomplish the feat since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr during the 1995-96 season.

Read the rest here.

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Rubber was patented by J.F. Hummel on this date in 1813.

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Wenatchee, WA. -- The Wenatchee Wild made a concerted effort to win the second period of the second game of the North American Hockey League West Division finals series Saturday at the Town Toyota Center, and it almost worked.

They went on to lose the game 4-3, but for an instant it appeared as though they would go into the second intermission tied and on even footing with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

Read the rest here.

The Wenatchee Wild continue the West Division finals this coming weekend in Fairbanks at 11:35pm EDT on Friday and Saturday, May 3rd and 4th. Catch all the action on kpq.com or FastHockey.com.

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McDonald's is considering rolling out an all-day breakfast, and possibly delivery. When? Hard to say. McDonald's president and chief executive says the fast food chain is always considering new options. Breakfast all day is already available in some countries.

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Legendary U.S. Coach Tim Taylor Passes Away at Age 71
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Tim Taylor (Guilford, Conn.), head coach of the 1994 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and former head men’s ice hockey coach at Yale University, passed away yesterday (April 27) at the age of 71.
Tim Taylor
Tim Taylor
One of the most respected American coaches of our time, Taylor has a long history with USA Hockey and was a veteran of two Olympic Winter Games. In 1984, he was both the assistant general manager and assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Sarajevo. Taylor then served as head coach for Team USA in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway. He also led the United States to its best finish at a Canada Cup when the team captured second place at the event in 1991.
"We've lost one of the giants in coaching in our country," said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. "Tim was dedicated to advancing the sport of hockey at all levels throughout his career and while there are so many passionate people in our sport, it's hard to imagine there is anyone more passionate about the game than Tim was."
Born March 26, 1942, Taylor attended Harvard University from 1959-63 and played on the school's men's ice hockey team. He captained the Crimson team that won the Ivy League and ECAC Championship in 1963 and posted 46 goals and 33 assists for 79 points in 68 career games.
Taylor represented the United States twice as a player in international competition, competing on the U.S. Men’s National Team in both 1965 and 1967.
Tim Taylor
Career Highlights
Harvard University
Men's Ice Hockey Team, Player
1959-63
U.S. Men's National Team, Player
1965, 1967
Yale University Men's Ice Hockey Team,
Head Coach
1976-83/1984-93/1994-2006
U.S. Men's National Team, Assistant Coach
1981, 1983
U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team,
Assistant General Manager/Assistant Coach 
1984
U.S. Men's National Team, Head Coach
1989-1992
U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team,
Head Coach
1994
USA Hockey's NTDP, Assistant Coach, Advisor
2007-13
U.S. National Junior Team,
Director of Player Personnel
2009-13
AWARDS
Angier Trophy - 1962
ECAC Coach of the Year -
1987, 1992, 1998
Spencer Penrose Award - 1998
USA Hockey Distinguished
Achievement Award - 2006
Walter Yaciuk Award - 2007
Taylor’s coaching resume includes a historic 28-year run (1976-83/1984-93/1994-2006) as the head coach of Yale University’s men’s ice hockey team. He coached more games than anyone else in the history of the ECAC Hockey League and led the Bulldogs to six Ivy League titles and 19 ECACHL playoff appearances. He earned the ECAC Coach of the Year Award on three occasions (1987, 1992, 1998).
"It was fitting that he got to see a program he put so much energy into for so many years win the NCAA hockey championship just a couple of weeks ago," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "He was a wonderful human being and our sport was fortunate to be the benefactor of his love of the game."
The 1997-98 season, one in which he was honored with the Spencer Penrose Award as the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year, included a school-record 23 wins, Yale’s first conference crown and a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Taylor stood at the helm of the U.S. Men’s National Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship four straight years (1989-1992). He also served as an assistant coach for the team at the 1981 and 1983 events.
He spent the 2006-07 season as an amateur scout for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. In 2007, Taylor joined the staff of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program where he served in multiple capacities until his passing.
Taylor has been the director of player personnel for the U.S. National Junior Team the past five years, a stretch that included gold medals for the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championship both in 2013 and 2010, along with a bronze medal in 2011. He also served as an assistant coach of the 2001 U.S. National Junior Team.
"Tim has meant so much to so many," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director for hockey operations at USA Hockey. "While he was a major contributor to the success we've enjoyed internationally in recent years, his legacy to me is his lifelong dedication to helping advance the American player and coach."
Taylor was part of the staff of four U.S. National Under-18 Teams that captured gold medals at the IIHF World Men's U18 Championship (2009-12) and one that earned a bronze medal (2008). In addition, he served as an assistant coach of the 2001 U.S. National Junior Team.
Taylor was the recipient of two of USA Hockey’s most prestigious awards. In 2006, he was honored with USA Hockey’s Distinguished Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the sport of ice hockey in the United States. Taylor also earned the Walter Yaciuk Award in 2007 for his contributions to USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program during many years of service as a volunteer.
Details surrounding Taylor's funeral/memorial service(s) will be made available as they are formalized. Those wishing to share written tributes may do so online by clicking here.

U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team Falls to Canada, 3-2, in Gold-Medal
Game at 2013 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship 
Team USA Earns Medal For Record 10th Straight Year in Event
SOCHI, Russia – Despite a 35-12 shots-on-goal advantage, the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team fell to Canada by a 3-2 count here tonight at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in the gold-medal game at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men's World Championship.

With its silver-medal performance, Team USA has now earned a medal in the IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship a record 10 straight years.
"I'm extremely proud of our effort tonight," said Don Granato, head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team. "It was two outstanding hockey teams battling and unfortunately we came up just a bit short."
Despite putting 14 shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes, the U.S. found itself traililng by a 1-0 count after the opening stanza.
Team USA evened the game just 1:48 into the second period thanks to Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.). Standing just inside the blue line, Clifton wristed a shot through traffic that beat Canadian netminder Philippe Desrosiers.Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn.) collected the lone assist. The U.S. took its only lead of the game when Michael McCarron (Macomb, Mich.) charged out of the corner and lifted a shot past Desrosiers at 9:42. Tyler Kelleher(Longmeadow, Mass.) earned an assist. Canada tied the game at 12:48, jamming the puck past an outstretchedThatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) and then scored what proved to be the game-winner with 3:24 left in the middle period.
The U.S., which put 10 shots on net in the third period, had a power play the final :42 of the contest and with Demko pulled had a six-on-four advantage, but could not get the equalizer.

There were just four penalties whistled in the game. The U.S. was 0-3 on the power play, while Canada was 0-1. 
NOTES: Michael McCarron was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Steven Santini (Mahopac, N.Y.) received the directorate award as the tournament's best defenseman ... J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.), Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) and Santini were named Team USA's best three players ... 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. has now captured a record 10 consecutive medals, including back-to-back gold medals in 2005-06, four straight gold medals from 2009-12, three silver medals (2004, 2007, 2013) 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 ... 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 USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.
GAME SUMMARY
Scoring By Period
CAN1 -2 -0 -3
USA0 -2 -0 -2


First Period - Scoring: 1, CAN, Dauphin (Baptiste), 9:29. Penalties: CAN, LaPlante (slashing), 13:14.
Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Clifton (Fasching), 1:48; 3, USA, McCarron (Kelleher), 9:42; 4, CAN, Bowey (Dauphin), 12:48; 5, CAN, Gauthier (Baptiste, Bigras), 16:26. Penalties: USA, Louis (hooking), 5:27; CAN, Bowey (boarding), 6:48.
Third Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: CAN, Bowey (hooking), 19:18.

Shots by Period
1
2
3
Total
CAN54312
USA14111035
Goaltenders (SH/SV)123Total
CAN, Desrosiers, 60:0014/1411/910/1035/33
USA, Demko, 59:155/44/23/312/9





Power Play: CAN 0-1; USA 0-3
Penalties:
 CAN 3-6; USA 1-2

Team USA 2013 IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship Schedule
April 18-28 • Sochi, Russia
DateOpponentTime (Local/EDT)
Sun., April 14Canada*W, 4-1
Thu., April 18RussiaL, 3-4
Sat., April 20Czech RepublicW, 4-3
Sun., April 21LatviaW, 7-1
Tue., April 23FinlandL, 1-2
Thu., April 25Sweden (Quarterfinal)W, 4-0
Fri., April 26Russia (Semifinal)W, 4-3 (SO)
Sun., April 28Canada (Gold Medal)L, 2-3
*pre-tournament game

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Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto were married Saturday afternoon in Palm Beach, Florida. Around 500 guests were at the wedding, then joined another 1,500 at the reception. The specially-built reception 'tent' was 40,000 square feet.

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The CFL's best high-flying moments.

Crowton in full control of offence.

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

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On this date in 1852, the first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus was published.

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Tampa, FL. — On Saturday, between exercising fifth and sixth-round draft picks, Tampa Bay traded reserve RB LeGarrette Blount to New England for a 2013 seventh-round pick and the rights to versatile athlete Jeff Demps.

Read the rest here.


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A 22-year-old British university student won a six-month contract to travel around the world as a water-slide tester for a vacation company. Sebastian Smith bested 2,000 applicants for the chance to rate at 20 of First Choice's SplashWorld resorts.

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Chicago, IL. -- Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. To break through and pick up his first win of the season, Rays ace David Price needed to be both on Sunday.

After falling behind early, Price settled down and lasted just long enough -- thanks to a couple of breaks and the faith of his manager -- to get the win as the Rays rallied for three runs in the eighth en route to an 8-3 victory over the White Sox.

Read the rest here.


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On this date in 1879, In Cleveland, OH, electric arc lights were used for the first time.

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San Diego, CA. -- The reality of the new season is dawning upon the Giants.

The reigning World Series champions no longer lead a charmed life. Their fabled starting pitching is erratic. Their defense is less than airtight. They've lost the knack they displayed in last year's second half for collecting that decisive hit.

Read the rest here.

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer fell off his bike and broke his shoulder. [He became the latest high-profile cyclist to flunk a drug test.]

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There must be some more eggs around here somewhere.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching the Chica Show, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1957 - Elvis Presley's "Peace In The Valley" hit #39 in the U.S.

1964 - Elvis Presley recorded the vocals to the second version of "Roustabout" after the principal photography was shot. This version of "Roustabout" was written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye.

1976 - Bruce Springsteen climbed the wall of Graceland to meet Elvis Presley. Elvis wasn't home.

2003 - The Elvis Presley album "Live At The Louisiana Hayride" was released.

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Florida detectives busted an alleged foot fetishist who reportedly told them that since the age of 6 he has approached hundreds of women asking to touch their toes or feet. Twenty-three year old Reginald Cruz said he used such spiels as telling them he was trying to earn a Boy Scout community service badge or that he was a college student doing medical research.

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Today in Beatles History:

1970 - George Harrison announced the forthcoming release of his first solo album, "All Things Must Pass." He also said that he expected the Beatles would one day re-form.

2002 - Paul McCartney won a court order to prevent the auction house Christie's from selling his handwritten lyrics to the song "Hey Jude." McCartney claimed that the sheet of note paper had disappeared from his house. The sheet of paper was expected to sell for around $116,000.

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Iron Man 3 made $195 million in its international debut weekend. That's $10 million more than the $185 million overseas debut last year by The Avengers, which has become the top-grossing superhero film of all time ($1.5 billion worldwide).

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Today in Sports History:

1941 - The Boston Bees agreed to change their name to the Braves. 

1961 - ABC’s "Wide World of Sports" premiered.

1981 - Steve Carlton (Philadelphia Phillies) became the first left-handed pitcher in the major leagues to get 3,000 career strikeouts.

1985 - Billy Martin was brought back, for the fourth time, as manager for the New York Yankees.

1986 - Roger Clemens (Boston Red Sox) set a major-league baseball record by striking out 20 Seattle Mariner batters.

1988 - The Baltimore Orioles set a new major league baseball record by losing their first 21 games of the season.

1997 - Craig MacTavish announced his retirement from the NHL after 17 seasons.

2002 - Darryl Strawberry was sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating his probation on a 1999 conviction on drug and solicitation of prostitution charges.

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CBS says it's bringing Two and a Half Men back next season. The network announced the decision Friday on Twitter.

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Richmond, VA. -- Kevin Harvick sped away on fresh tires to win Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 in a green-white-checkered finish at Richmond International Raceway, leaving a group of drivers with widely divergent emotions in his wake.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1913, Gideon Sundback patented an all-purpose zipper.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:30pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Aaron's 312 at Talladega Super Speedway 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 9:05pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Aaron's 499 at Talladega Super Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Colorado Rockies 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 8:00pm EDT

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

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