Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is May 20th, the 140th day of 2013. There are 225 days left in the year.

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Senators win in 2nd OT after last-minute tie on SHG.

Bruins get total team effort, go up 2-0 on Rangers.

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

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On this date in 1690, England passed the Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II.

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Tampa, FL. --For all the negativity that surrounded the Lightning this season, right wing Marty St. Louis sounds relatively upbeat about what is in the team's future.

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On this date in 1830, the fountain pen was patented by H.D. Hyde.

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Saskatoon, SK – The Portland Winterhawks fell 7-4 as they opened the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup against the Halifax Mooseheads, the champions of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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On this date in 1861, North Carolina became the eleventh state to secede from the Union.

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U.S. Men's National Team Falls to Switzerland, 3-0,
in Semifinals of 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship
Gibson Makes 28 Saves; Team USA to Play Finland for Bronze Medal Tomorrow
STOCKHOLM – The U.S. Men’s National Team lost to Switzerland, 3-0, here tonight in the semifinals of the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship. Team USA will play Finland in the bronze-medal game Sunday (May 19) at 4:00 p.m. local time (10:00 a.m. EDT) live on NBC Sports Network.

"Give Switzerland credit, they were the better team tonight," said Joe Sacco, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team. "I told our players after the game that it's tough right now, but we have a chance to play for a medal tomorrow and that's something special."
Switzerland fired 18 shots on the U.S. net in the opening period, many at point-blank range, but netminder John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Anaheim Ducks) stopped them all to keep the game scoreless after 20 minutes.

Switzerland scored what proved to be the game’s decisive goal on a two-on-one opportunity at 10:01 of the second stanza. Nino Niederreiter received a pass in the right slot and quickly lifted the puck high into the net.

Team USA started the third period with 1:30 of power play time, but could not capitalize. The U.S. then successfully killed three consecutive Switzerland power plays, including :17 of a two-man advantage. But just :29 after the final power play expired, Julian Walker blasted a slap shot into the U.S. net at 10:11 on a partial breakaway to double the Swiss advantage. The U.S., which put 13 shots on goal in the final period, pulled Gibson for an extra attacker with 2:19 left in regulation, however, Switzerland scored into an empty net with :19 left to cap the scoring.
The U.S. Men’s National Team will seek its first medal since 2004 when it faces Finland tomorrow. The U.S. beat Finland in the preliminary round last week (May 8), 4-1, in Helsinki, Finland.
Scoring By Period
Team123Total
USA0000
SUI0123



First Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: SUI, Furrer (cross-checking), 9:50.
Second Period – Scoring: 1, SUI, Niederreiter (Pluss), 10:01. Penalties: USA, Palushaj (charging), 4:07; SUI, Team (too many men), 19:30.
Third Period – Scoring: 2, SUI, Walker (Moser, Furrer), 10:11; 3, SUI, Suri (Niederreiter), 19:41 (eng). Penalties: USA, Trouba (slashing), 3:07; USA, Carter (delaying the game), 4:50; USA, Petry (interference), 7:42.
Shots by Period
1
2
3
Total
USA971329
SUI186731
Goaltender (SH/SV)123Total
USA, Gibson 58:0018/186/56/530/28
SUI, Berra 60:009/97/713/1329/29





Power Play:
 USA, 0-2; SUI, 0-4
Penalties: USA, 4-8; SUI, 2-4
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, 5-3NBCSports.com
Sun., May 5LatviaW, 4-1NBCSports.com
Tues., May 7RussiaL, 3-5NBCSports.com
Wed., May 8FinlandW, 4-1NBCSports.com
Sat., May 11FranceW, 4-1NBCSports.com
Sun., May 12GermanyW, 3-0NBCSports.com
Tues., May 14SlovakiaL, 1-4NBCSports.com
Thurs., May 16Quarterfinals - RussiaW, 8-3NBCSports.com
Sat., May 18Semifinals - SwitzerlandL, 0-3NBCSports.com
Sun., May 19Bronze-Medal Game - Finland10:00 a.m.NBCSports.com
NOTES: John Gibson was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Team USA's captain is Paul Stastny while the alternate captains are Matt Carle and Nate Thompson ... Twenty-one of the 23 members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... 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.


U.S. Men's National Team Defeats Finland, 3-2, in Shootout
to Capture Bronze Medal at 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship
Gibson Makes 36 Saves; Galchenyuk Scores Twice in Shootout
STOCKHOLM – Alex Galchenyuk (Milwaukee, Wis./Montreal Canadiens) and goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Anaheim Ducks) helped the U.S. Men's National Team to a 3-2 shootout victory over Finland here today in the bronze-medal game of the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship. In the shootout, Galchenyuk scored on back-to-back attempts, including the game-winner, while Gibson stopped three-of-four Finland shots. In 70 minutes of action, Gibson made 36 saves to help deliver Team USA's first medal since 2004 (bronze) and only third medal in the world championship since 1963.
"I'm so proud of this young group," said Joe Sacco, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team, whose average age is 24.8. "We came together as a team and this group was able to achieve something only two other teams have done in the last 50 years for our country and that's win a medal. It's not easy. Tonight, we got off to a lead which was important, but Finland came back hard at us, particularly in the third. Then once you get into overtime and a shootout anything can happen. Gibson was outstanding again in goal and it was great to see Galchenyuk score a couple of times in the shootout. I thought we had terrific leadership on this team, and our captain, Paul Stastny, was such a key factor both on and off the ice. You win as a team and ultimately that's why we were successful."

Team USA had a hard-working first shift of the game, resulting in a Craig Smith (Madison, Wis./Nashville Predators/Univ. of Wisconsin) rebound goal just :58 in. David Moss' (Livonia, Mich./Phoenix Coyotes/Univ. of Michigan) shot was deflected in the right circle, Paul Stastny (St. Louis, Mo./Colorado Avalanche/Univ. of Denver) kept the puck moving across the front of the net and Smith swept it around
Antti Raanta's right leg.

On the power play, Stastny one-timed a Smith feed into the net at 15:58 to make it 2-0. Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich./Winnipeg Jets/Univ. of Michigan) moved the puck from the left point to
the left circle, where Smith drew a defender and dished to Stastny in the slot.

Team USA maintained its two-goal lead in the second period as neither team found the scoresheet in the frame.

Lauri Korpikoski deflected a shot from the point into the net at 8:56 of the third period, trimming the USA lead to 2-1.

Ninety seconds later, Gibson made a critical save by dropping his right pad to deny Juhamatta Aaltonen on a breakaway.

Finland knotted the game at 2-2 when Korpikoski scored again, this time on a goalmouth feed from Mikael Granlund at 12:18.

A scoreless 10-minute overtime period sent the game to a three-round shootout.

Shooting first, Team USA missed on its first two opportunities, while Finland scored on its second attempt.

In the third round, Galchenyuk made a quick deke and scored high on the blocker side to extend the game. Gibson forced an extra round of shots when he forced Korpikoski to fire wide.

The shooting order switched for the fourth round. Finland missed and Galchenyuk used the same move as his first attempt to beat Raanta and clinch the bronze medal.
Scoring By Period
Team123OTSOTotal
USA200013
FIN002002



First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Smith (Stastny, Moss), 0:58; 2, USA, Stastny (Trouba, Smith), 15:58 (pp). Penalties: FIN, Korpikoski (roughing), 15:16.
Second Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: None.
Third Period – Scoring: 3, FIN, Korpikoski (Vaananen, Granlund), 8:56; 4, FIN, Korpikoski (Granlund, Kontiola), 12:18. Penalties: None.
Overtime - Scoring: None. Penalties: None.
Shootout - USA, Smith (miss); FIN, Kontiola (miss); USA, Oshie (miss); FIN, Pesonen (goal); USA, Galchenyuk (goal); FIN, Korpikoski (miss); FIN, Granlund (miss), USA, Galchenyuk (goal).
Shots by Period
1
2
3
OT
Total
USA868325
FIN81017338
Goaltender (SH/SV)123OTTotal
USA, Gibson 70:008/810/1017/153/338/36
FIN, Raanta 70:008/66/68/83/325/23





Power Play:
 USA, 1-1; FIN, 0-0
Penalties: USA, 0-0; FIN, 1-2
Team USA 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship ResultsMay 3-19 • Helsinki, Finland & Stockholm, Sweden
DateOpponentResult
Sat., May 4AustriaW, 5-3
Sun., May 5LatviaW, 4-1
Tues., May 7RussiaL, 3-5
Wed., May 8FinlandW, 4-1
Sat., May 11FranceW, 4-1
Sun., May 12GermanyW, 3-0
Tues., May 14SlovakiaL, 1-4
Thurs., May 16Quarterfinal - RussiaW, 8-3
Sat., May 18Semifinal - SwitzerlandL, 0-3
Sun., May 19Bronze-Medal Game - FinlandW, 3-2 (SO)
NOTES: Team USA earned its 17th medal at the IIHF Men's World Championship. It is the sixth bronze medal. Team USA's last medal - bronze in 2004 - was won in a shootout vs. Slovakia, 1-0. Coincidentally, the U.S. won that shootout by a 4-2 count ... Paul Stastny had 15 points, including seven goals and eight assists, to lead Team USA ... T.J. Oshie was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Team USA's best three players of the tournament were named and included Paul StastnyCraig Smith and Justin Faulk ... Team USA won seven games in the world championship, matching the U.S. record held by the 1939 national team ... The U.S. has medaled in every major international hockey tournament to date in 2013, including the IIHF World Junior Championship (gold), IIHF Women's World Championship (gold), IIHF Men's U18 World Championship (silver), IIHF Women's U18 World Championship (silver) and IPC Sled Hockey World Championship (silver) ... Paul Stastny served as captain of Team USA, while Matt Carle and Nate Thompson were alternate captains ... Joe Sacco was the head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Men's Team. Tim ArmyDanton Cole and Phil Housley served 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.

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On this date in 1874, Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets.

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NAPA Touchdown Atlantic ticket information released.

Regimbald-Gagne returns to Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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

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On this date in 1875, the International Bureau of Weights and Measures was established.

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Tampa, FL. — Last offseason, Darrelle Revis placed fifth on the NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 Players in the league. This year, he comes in at #67. It’s hard to say which honor is more impressive.

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On this date in 1899, Jacob German of New York City became the first driver to be arrested for speeding. The posted speed limit was 12 miles per hour.

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Baltimore, MD. -- Matt Moore carried an undefeated record into Sunday's start against the Orioles, aiming for more than just another win. He also hoped to go deeper into the game.

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Norman Rockwell’s first cover on "The Saturday Evening Post" appeared on this date in 1916.

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Denver, CO. -- The Giants' harrowing trip has ended, but the search for answers to the starting pitchers' shortcomings barely has begun.

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The U.S. Congress passed the Air Commerce Act on this date in 1926. The act gave the Department of Commerce the right to license pilots and planes.

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

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Today in Elvis History

1961 - Elvis Presley's song "Flaming Star" hit #14 in the U.S. The song was from, "Elvis By Request," an experimental four-track release at 33rpm.

1978 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Elvis - The '56 Sessions, Vol. 1" hit #47 in the U.K.

1989 - Elvis Presley's album "Roustabout" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1989 - The Elvis Presley albums "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" and "Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas" were certified by the RIAA to have sold 2 million copies.


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On this date in 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris aboard his airplane the "Spirit of St. Louis." The trip took 33 1/2 hours.

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Today in Beatles History:

1960 - The Silver Beatles began a seven-date tour of Scotland. Tommy Moore had been added on drums.

1967 - The BBC announced a ban on the Beatles song "A Day In The Life." The cited that it may encourage drug-taking.

1970 - The Beatles film "Let It Be" premiered worldwide.

1977 - The stage show "Beatlemania" opened at the Winter Garden Theater, New York.


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On this date in 1932, Amelia Earhart took off to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She became the first woman to achieve the feat.

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Today in Sports History:

1922 - Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel returned to the Yankees lineup. They had been suspended on October 16, 1921. 

1941 - Taft Wright (Chicago White Sox) set an American League record for 13 consecutive games with RBIs.

1946 - Claude Passeau made his first error since September 21, 1941. He set the pitcher's fielding record at 273 consecutive errorless chances.

1959 - The New York Yankees were in last place for the first time since May 25, 1940.

1984 - Roger Clemens got his first victory.

1988 - Mike Schmidt hit his 535th home run to move into 8th place on the all-time list.

1991 - Jeff Reardon got his 300th career save.

1995 - Marty Cordova tied a rookie record when he recorded home runs in 5 consecutive games.

1997 - Frank Thomas (Chicago White Sox) reached base safely for the 15th straight time.

2006 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) tied Babe Ruth for second place with his 714th career home run.


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On this date in 1933, "Charlie Chan" was heard for the final time on the NBC Blue radio network, after only six months on the air.

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CONCORD, N.C. -- The Brothers Busch won the first four segments of Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but Jimmie Johnson took the one the counted -- the 10-lap dash to the finish -- and continued to build his legacy, not to mention his bank account.

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On this date in 1939, the first telecast over telephone wires was sent from Madison Square Garden to the NBC-TV studios at 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. The event was a bicycle race.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 4:37pm EDT

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 2:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 4:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Izod Indy Car Series -- Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 6:00pm EDT

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