Friday, May 17, 2013

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Today is May 17th, the 137th day of 2013. There are 228 days left in the year.


Kings score two PPGs in final two minutes for win.

Marchand's OT goal leads Bruins to Game 1 win.

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On this date in 1792, the New York Stock Exchange was founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers.


Tampa, FL. --Right wing Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, left wing Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders and right wing Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2012-13 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” the National Hockey League announced today.

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The first telephone switchboard burglar alarm was installed by Edwin T. Holmes on this date in 1877.


U.S. Men's National Team Beats Russia, 8-3,
in Quarterfinals of 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship
Stastny Notches Four Points (2-2); Smith Adds Five Assists
HELSINKI – Team USA captain Paul Stastny (St. Louis, Mo./Colorado Avalanche/Univ. of Denver) had two goals and two assists, while Craig Smith (Madison, Wis./Nashville Predators/Univ. of Wisconsin) recorded five assists to lead the U.S. Men's National Team to an 8-3 victory over Russia here today in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship.

"We played a really good game and I'm proud of our team," said Joe Sacco, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team. "I thought our goaltender made a couple of big saves early to keep it scoreless and then we were able to get the lead and keep it. We scored timely goals today and got contributions from everyone up and down our lineup. We beat a very good hockey team and we're excited now to move over to Stockholm."
Team USA struck first when Smith spun off the end boards and found Stastny open in front for his fifth goal of the tournament at 11:53. Fifty seconds later, T.J. Oshie (Warroad, Minn./St. Louis Blues/Univ. of North Dakota) fired a shot through goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the right faceoff dot, making it 2-0. Tim Stapleton (La Grange, Ill./Dynamo Minsk/Univ. of Minnesota Duluth) stole the puck in the neutral zone to setup Oshie.
Russia's Alexander Svitov scored on a line rush at 15:30, cutting USA's lead to 2-1.
Nate Thompson (Anchorage, Alaska/Tampa Bay Lightning) reestablished Team USA's two-goal lead 5:45 into the second stanza. In transition, Thompson beat two defenders to the crease and slipped a crossing feed from Ryan Carter (White Bear Lake, Minn./New Jersey Devils/Minnesota State Univ. Mankato) between Bryzgalov's legs.
Unchecked in front of the net, Alex Galchenyuk (Milwaukee, Wis./Montreal Canadiens) received a pass from Smith, deked left and calmly slid a backhand shot inside the right post at 17:31. Stastny started the play by forcing a turnover inside the Russian blue line and sending the puck to Smith in the right circle. Team USA had a 4-1 advantage after 40 minutes.
Russia and the U.S. combined for three goals in a span of 2:07 early in the third period. Alexander Ovechkin put a shot under the cross bar from the right side at 1:33 to cut the U.S. lead to 4-2 and shortly thereafter the Russians went on the power play. It was the U.S., however, that scored first as Carter raced up the ice and beat Semyon Varlamov between the legs at 2:55 for a shorthanded tally. Alexander Perezhogin trimmed the U.S. lead to 5-3 with a power-play tally at 3:40.
Team USA responded with a three-goal flurry during the middle of the frame to pull away. Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich./Winnipeg Jets/Univ. of Michigan) scored from the top of the right circle on the power play at 8:11, David Moss(Livonia, Mich./Phoenix Coyotes/Univ. of Michigan) tallied at 9:56 and just 11 seconds later Stastny notched his second goal of the day.
Goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Anaheim Ducks) won his third game in as many starts by making 31 saves.

In the semifinals, the U.S. will face Switzerland on Saturday (May 18) in Stockholm, Sweden. Game time will be set later today. It is anticipated that NBC Sports Network will televise the game live and stream it live in the United States through NBC Sports Live Extra.
Scoring By Period

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Stastny (Smith, Hunwick), 11:53; 2, USA, Oshie (Stapleton), 12:43; RUS, Svitov (Soin, Tyutin), 15:30. Penalties: USA, Stastny (hooking), 19:18.
Second Period – Scoring: 4, USA, Thompson (Carter), 5:45; 5, USA, Galchenyuk (Smith, Stastny), 17:31. Penalties: RUS, Medvedev (interference), 11:20; USA, Palushaj (hooking), 14:25.
Third Period – Scoring: 6, RUS, Ovechkin (Varlamov), 1:33; 7, USA, Carter (unassisted), 2:55 (sh); 8, RUS, Perezhogin (Popov, Ovechkin), 3:40 (pp); 9, USA, Trouba (Smith, Stastny), 8:11 (pp); 10, USA, Moss (Smith), 9:56; 11, USA, Stastny (Smith, C. Butler), 10:07. Penalties: USA, Gionta (roughing), 2:04; RUS, Tyutin (high-sticking), 7:49; USA, Stapleton (holding), 12:45.
Shots by Period
Goaltender (SH/SV)123Total
RUS, Bryzgalov 38:128/612/10-/-20/16
Varlamov 21:48-/-1/110/611/7
USA, Gibson 60:0010/913/1311/934/31

Power Play:
 RUS, 1-4; USA, 1-2
Penalties: RUS, 2-4; USA, 4-8
Team USA 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship ScheduleMay 3-19 • Helsinki, Finland & Stockholm, Sweden
DateOpponentNBC Sports Network Broadcast (EDT)Live Streaming
Sat., May 4AustriaW,
Sun., May 5LatviaW,
Tues., May 7RussiaL,
Wed., May 8FinlandW,
Sat., May 11FranceW,
Sun., May 12GermanyW,
Tues., May 14SlovakiaL,
Thurs., May 16Quarterfinals: RussiaW,
Sat., May 18Semifinals:
9:00 a.m./1:00
Sun., May 19Bronze-Medal Game10:00 a.m.TBD
Gold-Medal Game2:30 p.m.TBD
NOTES: For highlights, postgame interviews and photos of today's game, click here ... Team USA has advanced to the semifinal round of the world championship for the first time since 2009 ... The eight goals scored by Team USA were the most ever allowed by Russia/Soviet Union in the world championship ... The five assists by Craig Smith were one shy of the single-game world championship record set by Jiri Holik of Czechoslovakia on March 31, 1973, vs. Poland ... Ryan Carter was named Team USA's Player of the Game …Carter, T.J. OshieAlex GalchenyukNate Thompson and Jacob Trouba each scored their first goal of the tournament today ... The first period goal by Russia was the first allowed by John Gibson in 129:37 after blanking Finland for two periods and shutting out Germany completely … Paul Stastny, Team USA's captain, continues to lead the team in goals (6) and points (13) … Team USA's alternate captains are Matt Carle and Nate Thompson ... Twenty-two of the 25 members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... Nine of the 25 players announced are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Matt CarleJustin FaulkJohn GibsonStephen GiontaMatt HunwickErik JohnsonDanny KristoJamie McBain and Jacob Trouba ... Twelve NHL teams are represented on the roster, including the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets ... Joe Sacco is the head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Men's Team. Tim ArmyDanton Cole and Phil Housley are serving as assistant coaches ... 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. 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.


The U.S. Congress changed the name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico" on this date in 1932.


Saskatoon, SK – The Portland Winterhawks have finally made it over the hump.

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On this date in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled for school integration in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling declared that racially segregated schools were inherently unequal.


QB Alex Brink released by Boatmen.

John Chick still on Saskatchewan Roughriders’ radar.

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On this date in 1973, the U.S. Senate Watergate Committee began its hearings.


Tampa, FL. — All four teams in the Bucs' division held rookie mini-camps after April's draft, and that led to some interesting roster changes, as well as some first impressions as to how the competition is unfolding in each NFC South city

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NBC TV bought the rights to show "Gone With the Wind" on this date in 1975. The one time rights cost NBC $5,000,000.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Fernando Rodney needed just one strike to escape the mess he'd created for himself in the ninth Thursday night.

He didn't get it, and the Rays saw a two-run ninth-inning lead evaporate in one swing of Will Middlebrooks' bat as the Red Sox took a 4-3 win at Tropicana Field.

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Bobby Ewing died on the season finale of "Dallas" on CBS-TV on this date in 1985. He returned the following season.


Denver, CO. -- Thursday night's first three innings didn't represent the resilient effort the Giants had in mind.

They fell behind the Colorado Rockies, 6-0, as starter Matt Cain yielded three home runs. It echoed the six- and five-run deficits the Giants faced after one inning during lopsided defeats Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, in Toronto. Then the pendulum swung inevitably and irrevocably in the other direction, as it often does in baseball.

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Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin were married in London on this date in 1997.


Jimmy plays a golf ball game.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as taking your son to pre-k graduation, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1969 - The album "Elvis: NBC TV Special" hit #2 in the U.K.

2005 - Lisa Marie Presley peformed "Idiot" on "Good Morning America."


Alex Trebek received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on this date in 1999.


Today in Beatles History:

1968 - In France, the film "Wonderwall" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

1971 - The Paul and Linda McCartney album "Ram" was released.

1980 - Paul and Linda McCartney appeared as guest stars on "Saturday Night Live." They did not perform but the "Coming Up" video was shown.

1988 - A New York appellate court reinstated punitive damages and claims of fraud and theft against Capitol Records. The nine-year-old $80 million suit had been brought by George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Apple Records.

1988 - In a Manhattan District Court a $40 million lawsuit claiming that Capitol Records deliberately stalled the release of Beatles CDs was dismissed.

1997 - The album "Flaming Pie" hit #2 in the U.K. Paul McCartney appeared live on a US VH1 town meeting to promote the album.


The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp based on Charles M. Schulz's "Peanuts" comic strip on this date in 2001.


Today in Sports History:

1927 - The Chicago Cubs beat the Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings.

1953 - The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians set a record when they used 41 players in a game.

1968 - Frank Howard hit his 8th home run in 5 games.

1969 - Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh agreed to move from the NFL's NFC to the AFC.

1970 - Hank Aaron became the 9th player to get 3,000 hits.

1973 - Bobby Valentine broke his leg trying to prevent a Dick Green home run from going over the wall.

1973 - Joe Ferguson hit the 6,000th home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1987 - Eric ‘Sleepy’ Floyd of the Golden State Warriors set a playoff record for points in a single quarter with 29.

1992 - Gary Carter (Montreal Expos) became the third player to play catcher in 2,000 games.

1998 - New York Yankees pitcher David Wells became the 13th player in modern major league baseball history to throw a perfect game.


The U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany was sunk about 24 miles off Pensacola Beach on this date in 2006. It was the first vessel sunk under a Navy program to dispose of old warships by turning them into diving attractions. It was the largest man-made reef at the time of the sinking.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

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

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- All Star Race at Charlotte Mototr Speedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 1:35pm EDT

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


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

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