Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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Today is May 8th, the 128th day of 2013. There are 237 days left in the year.


Sharks' OT victory completes sweep of Canucks.

Islanders even series vs. Penguins with Game 4 win.

Senators rally, beat Canadiens in OT to take 3-1 lead.

Blackhawks shut out Wild to take 3-1 series lead.

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Today's Birthdays: Toni Tennille is 73; drummer Alex Van Halen is 60; Melissa Gilbert is 49; Enrique Iglesias is 38.


Tampa, FL. --The Lightning are looking to fans to select the best save by a Bolts goaltender during the 2012-13 season in the Fan's Choice Awards...

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Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River on this date in 1541. He called it Rio de Espiritu Santo.


WENATCHEE, Wash. - The Wenatchee Wild are going back to the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship Tournament for the third time in franchise history after defeating the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-1 Tuesday in Game 5 of the West Division Finals at the Town Toyota Center.

Brian Williams (San Diego, Calif.) scored the game-winning goal 7:45 into the third period to break a 1-1 tie and give his team a lead it would not relinquish. Williams snapped the game-winner from the high slot, picking the top left corner of the cage.Josh Hartley (Coquitlam, British Columbia) picked up the lone assist on the goal that clinched the West Division title for the Wild.

"I know a lot of people think young players can't excel in this league," Wenatchee Wild head coach Bliss Littler said, with Williams, his 17-year-old forward in mind. "He has made some big plays for us this year. He has been a good player for us."

The Wild had a couple chances down the stretch in the third period to add to an insurance goal, but Fairbanks goalie Steve Perry was up to the challenge in a one-on-one situation against Jono Davis (La Verne, Calif.) and a tricky wrister againstEvan Schmidbauer (Surrey, British Columbia).

The Wild finally got the extra goal they sought with 67 seconds remaining in regulation on Davis' empty-netter, which started the celebration at the Town Toyota Center.

"We have had a target on our back all year, and I think our division has been extremely strong," said Littler. "With the travel we have and as competitive as our games were with Kenai River and Fresno, we feel it's quite an accomplishment to win this division.

"We have a really good group of kids with good leaders. We talked right from the start that if they stay together they have a chance, and they have stayed together. I'm proud of these guys."

Fairbanks drew first blood in Game 5 a little less than six minutes into the second frame when Jacob Hetz knocked in a rebound off of Nick Hinz's wraparound attempt.

Hetz's goal seemed to ignite the Wild, who rang two pucks off the post a couple minutes later during the same offensive possession.

The Wild appeared to even the score with 9:27 left in the second period when Trevor Stewart (East Wenatchee, Wash.) shot a puck into the cage at the end of a power play on a rebound, but the goal was waived off when Stewart was whistled for a 2-minute slashing penalty.

The Wild finally tied up the score with 5:58 left in the second period when Jacob Barber (Dardenne Prairie, Mo.) banged home a round off of Davis' shot from the right wing.

Wild goalie Robert Nichols (Dallas, Texas), who will practically be playing in his backyard at the Robertson Cup Championship Tournament, was brilliant throughout the divisional playoffs. He started all 10 games and posted a pair of shutouts. He also allowed just one goal on three occasions, once against Fresno (Game 5) and twice against Fairbanks (Games 1&5). He owns a 1.77 goals-against average in the playoffs with a .928 save percentage.

"In the end, Robbie Nichols made two more saves than [Perry] did," Littler said.

The 2013 NAHL Robertson Cup Championship Tournament will be held Friday through Monday at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.

The Wild will open the tournament Friday against the Bismarck Bobcats at 2:30 p.m. (PST). On Saturday, they will play the Jamestown Ironmen at 2:30 p.m. (PST). The Wild will conclude the round robin portion of the tournament at 2:30 p.m. (PST)Sunday against the Amarillo Bulls. The top two teams after round robin play will square off in the 2013 NAHL Robertson Cup Championship game Monday at 5:30 p.m. (PST). For a small fee, fans can watch all of the Wild's games in real time at the tournament by logging on to

"We're excited to go," Littler said. "We've played everybody there, and it will be another good experience for the kids."

The Wild played all three teams that they will face in the championship tournament during the regular season. They defeated Amarillo 5-3 on Sept. 13, swept four games against Bismarck and went 2-1-1 against Jamestown.

The Wild are participating in their third NAHL Robertson Cup Championship Tournament after qualifying for the league's premier event in their first two seasons of existence. The Wild last competed in the championship tournament in 2010 when the event was held at the Town Toyota Center.


It's National Receptionist Day.


U.S. Men's National Team Falls to Russia, 5-3,
at 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship
Stastny Scores Twice; Bishop Stops 25
HELSINKI, Finland – Paul Stastny (St. Louis, Mo./Colorado Avalanche/Univ. of Denver) scored twice and Ben Bishop (Denver, Colo./Tampa Bay Lightning/Univ. of Maine) made 25 saves, but defending world champion Russia broke a 3-3 tie with two goals in the final 6:30 on the way to a 5-3 victory over the U.S. Men's National Team here tonight in preliminary-round action at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship.
"We played hard," said Joe Sacco, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team. "It was a good hockey game and while we didn't get the desired result, I'm proud of our effort. We'll get some rest tonight and be ready for an important game against Finland tomorrow."

Russia opened the scoring at 5:23 during a delayed penalty call to the U.S.
After Craig Smith (Madison, Wis./Nashville Predators/Univ. of Wisconsin) drove to the net, Stastny hammered the second rebound up and over Russian netminder Ilya Bryzgalov at 10:58 to even the game at 1-1. Stastny struck again 2:30 later, this time on the power play. Taking a feed from Justin Faulk (South St. Paul, Minn./Carolina Hurricanes/Univ. of Minnesota Duluth), Stastny walked down from the left faceoff circle and ripped a wrist shot high into the net.

The teams went to the dressing room tied after 20 minutes thanks to Ilya Kovalchuk's goal at 14:04.
Each team scored once in the second stanza. Carrying momentum from a power play, the U.S. took a 3-2 lead at 7:09. Aaron Palushaj (Livonia, Mich./Colorado Avalanche/Univ. of Michigan) carried the puck up the side boards and slid a pass to Matt Hunwick (Warren, Mich./Colorado Avalanche/Univ. of Michigan) at the point. Hunwick's blast deflected off a Russian defender before finding the back of the net. Russia's Alexei Tereshenko scored the equalizer at 11:19.
The third period saw much of the back and forth play that dominated the first two periods, with both teams having quality scoring chances. Russia took the lead for good at 13:35 off a rebound and less than two minutes later, Alexander Radulov took a nice feed from Kovalchuk on the power play to account for the 5-3 final.
The U.S. pulled Bishop in favor of an extra attack for the final 2:13, but could get no closer.
Team USA's next game is tomorrow (May 8) vs. Finland. Faceoff is 8:15 p.m. local time (1:15 p.m. EDT). The game will be shown live on the NBC Sports Network. NBC Sports Live Extra will stream the game live online in the United States.
Scoring By Period

First Period – Scoring: 1, RUS, Belov (Denisov, Anisimov), 5:23; 2, USA, Stastny (Smith), 10:58; 3, USA, Stastny (Faulk), 13:28 (pp); 4, RUS, Kovalchuk (Nikulin, Radulov), 14:04. Penalties: RUS, Birykov (roughing), 6:51; USA, Smith (roughing), 6:51; RUS, Tyutin (holding), 11:48; USA, Johnson (slashing), 17:24.
Second Period – Scoring: 5, USA, Hunwick (Palushaj), 7:09; 6, RUS, Tereshenko (Mozyakin, Petrov), 11:19. Penalties: RUS, Tyutin (hooking), 2:09; RUS, Svitov (holding), 3:18; USA, Petry (tripping), 17:27.
Third Period – Scoring: 7, RUS, Medvedev (Mozyakin, Tereshenko), 13:35; 8, RUS, Radulov (Kovalchuk), 15:27 (pp). Penalties: USA, Kristo (high-sticking), 15:16; USA, Johnson (misconduct), 20:00.
Shots by Period
Goaltender (SH/SV)123Total
USA, Bishop 57:479/79/812/1030/25
RUS, Bryzgalov 60:008/68/76/622/19

Power Play:
 USA, 1-3; RUS, 1-3
Penalties: USA, 5-18; RUS, 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 8Finland1:15
Sat., May 11France5:15
Sun., May 12Germany10:45 a.m. (Delay)
Tues., May 14Slovakia5:15
Thurs., May 16Quarterfinals6:00 a.m.
8:45 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
2:30 p.m. 
Sat., May 18SemifinalsTBDTBD
Sun., May 19Bronze-Medal GameTBDTBD
Gold-Medal GameTBDTBD
NOTES: Paul Stastny was named Team USA's Player of the Game. After three games, he leads the U.S. offensively with two goals and three assists ... Twenty-one of the 23 members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... Nine of the 23 players announced are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Matt CarleJustin FaulkJohn GibsonStephen GiontaMatt HunwickErik JohnsonDanny KristoJamie McBain andJacob Trouba ... Ten NHL teams are represented on the roster, including the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets ... Joe Sacco is the head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Men's Team. Tim Army,Danton 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 United States Post Office was established on this date in 1794.


Campbell: Esks turn to draft to build team identity.

Morris: Lions willing to wait for top draft picks.

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The rubber tire was patented by Robert W. Thompson on this date in 1847.


Tampa, FL. — The latest life-changing stop by the Glazer Family Foundation's Vision Program was at Campbell Park Elementary in Pinellas County, where 70 young students were presented new glasses by Bucs DT Gerald McCoy.

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Martha Stewart has narrowed down her list of potential suitors on [The remaining candidates will head to the finals for the big bake-off.]


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Late troubles continued to haunt the Rays on Tuesday night. A night after blowing a seven-run lead, they let a three-run lead get away in a 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field.

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George Selden applied for the first automobile patent on this date in 1879.


San Francisco, CA. -- When the Giants excel, they're quick to praise their starting rotation.

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A survey of expectant mothers indicates dads should be prepared to give Mother's Day gifts this weekend. In the survey of first-time pregnant women, 60% said they expected Mother's Day gifts. However, about six in 10 dads questioned in the survey said they did not realize their partners were expecting Mother's Day gifts while pregnant.


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Today in Elvis History

1965 - The Elvis Presley album "Girl Happy" hit #7 in the U.K.

1976 - The Elvis Presley single "Hurt" hit #37 in the U.K.

2005 - CBS aired the first part of the new four-hour mini-series "Elvis." The second part aired on May 11. Jonathan Rhys Meyers played the part of Elvis.


A Kentucky (Louisville) woman is charged after police said she was hiding crack cocaine in her dentures.


Today in Beatles History:

1970 -The Beatles album "Let it Be" was released.

1980 - Paul McCartney received the Special Award For International Achievemnet at the 25th annual Ivor Novello Awards.

1982 - The album single "The Beatle's Movie Medley" hit #12 in the U.S.

1982 - The Beatles album "Reel Music" hit #19 in the U.S.

1982 - Paul McCartney's album "Tug Of War" hit #1 in the U.K.

1989 - Paul McCartney released "My Brave Face" and "Ferry Cross the Mersey."

1998 - The album "Lennon Legend - The Very Best Of John Lennon" was certified double platinum by the BPI.

2007 - The Yoko Ono limited edition CD-single "Cambridge 1969/2007" was released.

2007 - The Beatles album "LOVE" was released on limited edition vinyl. The album was the soundtrack to the Cirque de Soleil show "LOVE."


The Office finale has been extended. The show's creator and producer (Greg Daniels) got his wish: NBC has added 15 minutes to what was going to be an hour-long final episode of the long-running series, which signs off on Thursday, May 16.


Today in Sports History:

1866 - Australian Rules Football was created.

1878 - Paul Hines made baseball's first unassisted triple play.

1909 - Chief Bender (Philadelphia Athletics) hit two inside the park home runs against Boston.

1915 - H.P. Whitney's Regret became the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby.

1935 - Ernie Lombardi (Cincinnati Reds) hit four doubles on consecutive at-bats against four different Philadelphia pitchers.

1954 - Parry O'Brien became the first to toss a shot put over 60 feet. O'Brien achieved a distance of 60 feet 5 1/4 inches.

1961 - New Yorkers selected a new name for their new National League baseball franchise. They chose the Mets.

1966 - Frank Robinson (Baltimore Orioles) became the first player to hit a ball completely out of Cleveland's Memorial Stadium.

1966 - The St. Louis Cardinals played their last game at Busch Stadium. They lost to San Francisco 10-5.

1967 - Muhammad Ali was indicted for refusing induction in U.S. Army.

1970 - The New York Knicks won their first NBA title when they defeated Los Angeles in Game 7 of the Finals.

1971 - Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali at New York's Madison Square Garden.

1973 - In Cincinnati, Ralph Miller, the last of the 19th century baseball players, died at the age of 100.

1984 - Kirby Puckett (Minnesota Twins) debuted with four singles.

1984 - The Soviet Union announced that they would not participate in the 1984 Summer Olympics Games in Los Angeles.

1984 - The Chicago White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 in 25 innings. The game was actually completed on May 9.

1988 - Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) completed the first round the playoffs with 226 points in five games against Cleveland.

1993 - Lennox Lewis defended his WBC heavyweight title for the first time. He was in a unanimous 12-round decision over Tony Tucker.

1995 - Mark Messier (New York Rangers) became the third player to reach 100 playoff goals.

1999 - Ken Griffey Jr. (Seattle Mariners) hit his 361st home run. The feat tied him for 45th place on the all-time home run list with Joe DiMaggio.

2000 - Mark McGwire (St. Louis) hit his 534th home run. He tied Jimmie Foxx for ninth place on the all-time home run list.

2000 - Jason and Jeremy Giambi (Oakland) became the 10th set of brothers to hit home runs in the same game. 


Sources say Robert Downey Jr. is sitting pretty as he begins negotiations to star as Iron Man in The Avenger 2 & 3, the first of which has a May 1, 2015 release date. The sources say Iron Man 4 has not been part of the discussions, and and it's unclear whether Downey wants to return for another stand-alone sequel.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

NAHL Robertson Cup Tournament -- Wenatchee Wild vs Bismarck Bobcats 5:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs San Diego Padres 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 4:05pm EDT

NAHL Robertson Cup Tournament -- Wenatchee Wild vs Jamestown Ironmen 5:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs San Diego Padres 6:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway 6:45pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs San Diego Padres 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 4:05pm EDT

NAHL Robertson Cup Tournament -- Wenatchee Wild vs Amarillo Bulls 5:30pm EDT


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

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