Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....


Today is May 15th, the 135th day of 2013. There are 230 days left in the year.


Kings blank Sharks in Game 1 victory.

Penguins use power play to take Game 1 vs. Senators.

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Today's Birthdays: Chazz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale, The Usual Suspects) is 61; sports broadcaster Dan Patrick is 57; former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith (Dancing with the Stars) is 44; Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos) is 32.


Tampa, FL. --The Lightning are looking to fans to select the Top Defenseman of the 2012-13 season in the Fan's Choice Awards...

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In New York City a cat became stuck high up in a tree. A police officer tried to rescue the cat but he became stuck. Then a fireman came to rescue the police officer. [Finally, Iron Man came and got them all down.]


U.S. Men's National Team Drops 4-1 Decision to Slovakia
at 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship
Team USA Will Play in Quarterfinals on Thursday
HELSINKI – The U.S. Men’s National Team lost to Slovakia, 4-1, here today in the final game of the preliminary round for both teams at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship.

"Slovakia played like a desperate hockey team and I give them credit," said Joe Sacco, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team, alluding to the fact that Slovakia needed a win to assure itself a spot in the quarterfinals. "It's difficult to play from behind. But despite getting down two goals in the first few minutes of the game, we did generate some chances, particularly in the first and second period. It's disappointing because we would have liked to win our group, but we're excited about the opportunity to play in the quarterfinals and we'll be ready come Thursday."
Slovakia took an early 2-0 lead. Branko Radivojevic scored into a vacant net just :15 into the contest after netminderBen Bishop's (Denver, Colo./Tampa Bay Lightning/University of Maine) intended pass from behind the net deflected off a stick and came out in front of the goal. Then at 3:44 Martin Bartek fired one home from the side of the left circle.
At 10:48 of the second period, Slovakia extended its advantage to 3-0 on Rene Vydareny’s power-play goal. Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn./Hamilton Bulldogs/Univ. of North Dakota), however, cut the deficit to 3-1 with a hard wrist shot from the top of the right circle with :46 remaining in the middle frame. Matt Carle (Anchorage, Alaska/Tampa Bay Lightning/Univ. of Denver) earned the lone assist, while David Moss (Livonia, Mich./Phoenix Coyotes/Univ. of Michigan) screened goaltender Rastislav Stana.
Team USA pressed in the third period, pulling Bishop for an extra attacker with 2:17 to play. Slovakia, however, notched an empty-net goal with 1:24 left to seal the game.

Bishop finished with 22 stops and Stana had 20 saves for Slovakia.
The United States won five of its seven preliminary round games and will receive the second or third seed in Thursday's (May 16) quarterfinal round. Team USA will face either Russia or Finland. A matchup with Russia would begin at 1:00 p.m. local time (6:00 a.m. EDT, while a game vs. Finland would be played at 6:30 p.m. local time (11:30 a.m. EDT). Regardless of the pairing, NBC Sports Network will televise the game live and it will be streamed live in the United States through NBC Sports Live Extra.
Scoring By Period

First Period – Scoring: 1, SVK, Radivojevic (Kopecky), 0:15; 2, SVK, Bartek (Satan), 3:44. Penalties: USA, Oshie (interference), 1:14; SVK, Jurcina (interference), 7:38.
Second Period – Scoring: 3, SVK, Vydareny (Zaborsky, Kukumberg), 10:48 (pp); 4, USA, Kristo (Carle), 19:14. Penalties: SVK, Bliznak (hooking), 3:07; USA, Smith (checking to the head), 8:57; USA, Smith (misconduct), 8:57.
Third Period – Scoring: 5, SVK, Dano (Satan), 18:36 (en). Penalties: USA, Johnson (slashing), 1:29; USA, Smith (cross-checking), 14:16; USA, Johnson (cross-checking), 19:54.
Shots by Period
Goaltender (SH/SV)123Total
SVK, Stana 60:008/86/57/721/20
USA, Bishop 59:079/78/78/825/22

Power Play:
 SVK, 1-5; USA, 0-2
Penalties: SVK, 2-4; USA, 6-20
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 16Quarterfinal vs. Russia or Finland6:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Sat., May 18SemifinalsTBDTBD
Sun., May 19Bronze-Medal GameTBDTBD
Gold-Medal GameTBDTBD
NOTES: Matt Hunwick was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Alex Galchenyuk and T.J. Oshie each played in their first game of the tournament ... Paul Stastny is Team USA's captain. The alternate captains are Matt Carleand 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 Carle,Justin 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.


A man in Kentucky hid in a grocery store until it closed. Then he cooked himself six steaks, consumed an entire cake and 57 cans of Redi-Whip.


Eskimos hope new additions bring them to new heights.

Riders cautiously optimistic heading into new season.

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There's no place like home for The Voice's original coaches. CeeLo Green, who was on the first three seasons of the NBC singing competition show, will likely be back for Season 5, according to multiple sources.


Tampa, FL. — The Bucs have moved a step closer to getting their entire six-man draft class under contract, signing fourth-round pick William Gholston to a four-year contract today.

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Where do you have to go to find the sexiest women in the world? Columbia! A survey from a dating website discovered that Columbian women are the hottest in the world. And the sexiest men? British men take that title.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Since the beginning of the season, Rays manager Joe Maddon has talked about the pendulum action of baseball luck. At times it swings your way, other times it does not.

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Today is Flight Attendants Appreciation Day.


Toronto, ON. -- The Giants entered Tuesday's contest against the Blue Jays on a three-game winning streak that was largely the result of some exceptional starting pitching. San Francisco's staff tossed quality starts in all three wins and surrendered just three runs over the 22 innings it logged.

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Cape Cod was discovered by Bartholomew Gosnold on this date in 1602.


Jimmy and Daddy get ready to walk the Survivors Lap.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as driving a Ford Taurus, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1957 - Elvis Presley inhaled a cap off one of his teeth. He had to be taken to a Los Angeles hospital to have it removed from his lung.

1960 - Elvis Presley's song "Fame And Fortune" hit #17 in the U.S.

2001 - In Washington, DC, Lisa Marie Presley attended a protest against the use of mind-altering medications for children.


Lyman Frank Baum, author of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," was born on this date in 1856.


Today in Beatles History:

1965 - The Beatles single "Yes It Is" hit #46 in the U.S.

1967 - Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman met each other.

1968 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show." Joe Garagiola was sitting in for Johnny Carson. During the show the establishment of the Apple record label was announced.

1971 - Two short films by John Lennon were shown at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

1981 - George Harrison's "All Those Years Ago" was released in the U.K.

1982 - Paul McCartney's duet with Stevie Wonder, "Ebony and Ivory," hit #1 in the U.S.


Gasoline rationing began in the U.S. on this date in 1942. The limit was 3 gallons a week for nonessential vehicles.


Today in Sports History:

1862 - Brooklyn's Union Grounds opened. It was the first enclosed baseball park.

1926 - The New York Rangers were officially granted a franchise in the NHL. The NHL also announced that Chicago and Detroit would be joining the league in November.

1935 - The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 20-5.

1941 - Joe DiMaggio began his major league baseball hitting streak of 56 games. The streak ended on July 17th.

1965 - The Canadian Football Players Association was organized.

1973 - Nolan Ryan (California Angels) pitched his first no-hitter.

1980 - The U.S. Basketball League canceled its summer schedule.

1991 - U.S. President Bush took Queen Elizabeth to an Oakland A's-Baltimore Oriole game.

1993 - The Montreal Expos retired Rusty Staub's #10. It was the first number retired by the team.

1993 - In San Antonio, TX, the Alamodome opened.

1995 - The Vancouver Canucks set an NHL playoff record when Christian Ruutu and Geoff Courtnall scored shorthanded goals only 17 seconds apart.


The Smothers Brothers, Dick and Tom, gave their first concert in Carnegie Hall in New York City on this date in 1964.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

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

Friday --

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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