Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is November 4th, the 308th day of 2013. There are 57 days left in the year.

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Canucks raise Bure's No. 10 to Rogers Arena rafters.


Columbus to host 2015 NHL All-Star Game.


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

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Today's Birthdays: Former First Lady Laura Bush is 67; Ralph Macchio (Karate Kid, Ugly Betty) is 51; TV host Jeff Probst (Survivor) is 52; Matthew McConaughey is 44; TV personality Bethenny Frankel is 43.

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Tampa, FL. -- Playing in arguably their most balanced game of the season against one of the tops in the Western Conference, the St. Louis Blues, the Tampa Bay Lightning upset the Blues 4-2 tonight at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Read the rest here.

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Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, IL on this date in 1842.

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U.S. Junior Select Team Tops Canada West, 4-3, in
2013 World Junior A Challenge Pre-Tournament Game


Team USA Begins Tournament Against Russia on Nov. 5 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia


DIGBY, Nova Scotia -- The U.S. Junior Select Team overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Canada West, 4-3, in World Junior A Challenge pre-tournament action Saturday night (Nov. 2) at Digby Arena.

"I was really pleased with how we competed tonight, especially in how we battled back in the third period," saidDerek Lalonde, head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team. "We stayed composed on the penalty kill and scored a key goal while shorthanded. We showed good depth throughout the game and we're excited to start the tournament on Tuesday."

Following a scoreless first period, Canada West opened a 2-0 lead on goals at 5:12 and 10:21 of the second stanza. Neal Pionk (Hermantown, Minn.) cut the deficit in half with a power-play goal at 12:31.
Karson Kuhlman (Cloquet, Minn.) knotted the game at two goals apiece seven minutes into the third period. While shorthanded, Kyle Connor (Shelby Twp., Mich.) provided the go-ahead goal with less than four minutes to play in the game. Connor added an empty-net goal in the final minute, which proved to be the game winner as Canada West tallied its third goal with one second left on the clock.

Cal Petersen (Waterloo, Iowa) started in the U.S. net and stopped four of five shots in 30:26. Chris Birdsall (Glen Rock, N.J.) played the final 29:34, making 19 saves on 21 shots.

Team USA begins World Junior A Challenge group play Tuesday (Nov. 5) when it faces Russia at 7 p.m. EST. All tournament games will be streamed live at FASTHockey.com. Those interested in watching should sign up for a free account in advance at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com.

NOTES: For tonight's box score, click here ... The World Junior A Challenge is in its eighth year and the United States is competing for the seventh time … Team USA has won four of the last five tournaments (2008-10, '12) … The 2013 field includes Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia, Switzerland and the United States … The official event website is available here ... All players on the U.S. roster, which includes 13 forwards, seven defenseman and two goaltenders, compete in the United States Hockey League. For the complete roster, click here … The 22 players represent 10 states. Eight players hail from Minnesota, while Michigan has four players and California and New Jersey have two apiece. Other states include Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin ... Two players on the roster are eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, including goaltenderChris Birdsall (Glen Rock, N.J.) and forward Kyle Connor (Shelby Twp, Mich.) ... All 22 players are verbally committed to attend NCAA Division I hockey programs in the future ... Thirteen USHL teams are represented. Leading the way are the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Dubuque Fighting Saints, Green Bay Gamblers and Sioux Falls Stampede, which have three players each ... Derek Lalonde (Brasher Falls, N.Y.), head coach and general manager of the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers, is the head coach for the 2013 U.S. Junior Select Team ... The assistant coaches are Anthony Noreen (Chicago, Ill.) and Mark Abalan (Green Bay, Wis.). Noreen is the head coach and general manager for the USHL's Youngstown Phantoms, while Abalan is an assistant coach for the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers. Additional team staff includes Team Manager Marc Boxer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of USA Hockey, Equipment Manager Darrin Flinchem (Indianapolis, Ind.) of the Indiana Ice, Athletic Trainer Steve Bagus (Oak Lawn, Ill.) of the Chicago Steel and Team Physician Dr. Alan Ashare (Boston, Mass).
2013 World Junior A ChallengeNov. 4-10 • Yarmouth, N.S. • Mariners Centre
DateOpponentVenueTime/ResultLive Streaming
Sat., Nov. 2Canada West (ex.)Digby ArenaW, 4-3
Tues., Nov. 5RussiaMariners Centre8 p.m. ASTusahockey.fasthockey.com
Wed., Nov. 6Canada EastMariners Centre8 p.m. ASTusahockey.fasthockey.com
Thurs., Nov. 7QuarterfinalsMariners Centre4/8 p.m. ASTusahockey.fasthockey.com
Fri., Nov. 8SemifinalsMariners Centre4/8 p.m. ASTusahockey.fasthockey.com
Sat., Nov. 95th-Place GameQueens Place Emera Centre7 p.m. ASTusahockey.fasthockey.com
Sat., Nov. 93rd-Place GameMariners Centre8 p.m. ASTusahockey.fasthockey.com
Sun., Nov. 10Championship GameMariners Centre2 p.m. ASTusahockey.fasthockey.com


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The patent for the artificial leg is granted to Benjamin Palmer on this date in 1846.

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Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild got single goals in the first and third periods Saturday night, plus some solid goaltending and translated that into a second straight win over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 2-1, before 3,422 fans at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee.

The Wild grabbed the lead as Trey Bradley (Tampa, Florida) tapped home a feed off the right wing from Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) on a 2-on-1 break from the blue line in. The goal, scored at 13:30, put Wenatchee up 1-0.

In the second period, there was plenty of action at both ends of the ice but no scoring, as the Wild maintained their 1-0 lead through 40 minutes.

The lead grew to 2-0 in Wenatchee’s favor in the third period, as Gadel Gumerov (Nizhnekamsk, Russia) tipped home a River Rymsha (Huntington Woods, Michigan) one-timer from the left point at 12:46. However, Fairbanks got that goal back, with Tayler Munson scoring from Colton Wolter and Ben Campbell at 15:25, bringing the Ice Dogs back to within 1, at 2-1. Fairbanks pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker but was unable to get the tying goal, as the Wild held on for the 2-1 win. “Our goaltender gave us a chance” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “The first 10 minutes of the first period and probably the first 10 of the second, Fairbanks came really hard and our goaltender kept us in it. I thought the last 10 of the first we got better and in the last half of the game I thought we started making some plays and got up and down the ice. Very proud of the effort we had. I look at Fairbanks as one of the best teams in the league so for us it was an outstanding weekend for our team.”

The Ice Dogs outshot Wenatchee 29-27. Gustaf Johansson (Uppsala, Sweden) made 28 saves for the Wild; Kevin Aldridge had 25 saves for Fairbanks. Wenatchee was 0-for-3 on the power play and 4-of-4 on the penalty kill.

The Wild is now 7-8-2, Fairbanks is 10-7-0.

The Michigan Warriors visit the Town Toyota Center for two games on Friday and Saturday, November 8th and 9th, with face off both nights at 7:05pm PST. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).

WILD 2.0 UPGRADE

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I went to a Remembrance Service for my wife yesterday and our son Jimmy brought me a cup of water. I said "I don't want this." And he said "I'm just trying to cheer you up." What a good boy!

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The Tampa Bay Juniors USPHL teams played 4 close games at the Palm Beach Hawks over the weekend. On Saturday, the Empire team dropped a 5-4 overtime game to the Hawks. Brandon Goudreau scored twice, Liam McCune and Kastle Birch also scored for the Juniors, who got 32 saves from Jake Cuthbertson. Tampa Bay was 0-for-5 on the power play, 5-of-5 on the penalty kill.

Also on Saturday, the Juniors' Elite team lost to the Hawks 6-5 in a shootout. Tommy Whitely scored twice, David Cross, Ryan Mattson and Harry Kaladzhyan scored as well for Tampa Bay, while Nick Malvin made 49 saves. The Juniors were 0-for-3 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill.

On Sunday, the Empire team lost to the Hawks 3-2. Trey Stern and Marty Friedrich scored goals, Theo Woodbury made 28 saves. Tampa Bay was 1-for-3 on the power play and 6-of-6 on the penalty kill.

The Juniors' Elite team won on Sunday, beating the Hawks 6-5. Drake Stimpson, Nikita Zagryadskiy, Nathaiel Hans, Richard Foy and Brenden Rogers scored goals in regulation, Paul Lochner netter the winner 11 seconds into overtime. George McLeod made 42 saves for Tampa Bay and the Juniors were 0-for-5 on the power play and 5 -of-5 on the penalty kill.

The Juniors are on home ice this Saturday, taking on the Florida Eels. The Empire game starts at 5:15pm EST and the Elite game starts at 8:00pm EST. Catch all the action of both games on Fasthockey.com.

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Eastern Semi-Final Playoff Centre.

Western Semi-Final Playoff Centre.

Visit the league's official website, http://www.cfl.ca.

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On this date in 1880, James and John Ritty patented the first cash register.

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Regina, SK. -One mistake can cost you a football game. That is what happened to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in their season finale Saturday night as they dominated the Edmonton Eskimos yet lost 30-26 in a game that had no effect on the final standings.

Read the rest here.

Next up for the Riders is the Western Semifinal at home against the BC Lions. Kickoff on 620CKRM, 620ckrm.com, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and ESPN3.com is set for 4:30pm EST.

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After two long years, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have at last finalized their divorce. [They're both so happy to now be able to move on with their lives, and perhaps, one day divorce other people.]

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Tampa, FL. — Despite an impressive performance by a trio of Buccaneer rookies, Tampa Bay fell to Seattle in overtime, 27-24, on Sunday after jumping out to a 21-0 lead in the first half.

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If you're about to hop on a treadmill, throw in the ear buds and turn up your favorite tunes. It turns out that exercising while listening to music adds 19 minutes to the average workout. That's 58 minutes with music compared to 39 minutes without.

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Corvallis, OR. -- After Oregon State's 49-17 win at California on Oct. 19, the thought occurred that it was a good thing the Beavers had taken care of their bowl eligibility so early.

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Ladies, if you have a girlfriend who, despite plenty of dates and relationships, can't seem to stick with a man, you probably think she's too picky. But she's never going to be as picky as a group of women on the East Coast. According to a new survey, Brooklyn women are the pickiest in the country. Dating site AYI.com analyzed nearly a half-million online dating interactions and found that, nationwide, Brooklyn women were the least likely to respond to messages from prospective lovers.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- The Rays picked up the options for Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar on Saturday, which means they will have their starting second baseman and shortstop returning for 2014.

Read the rest here.


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In Egypt, Howard Carter discovered the entry of the lost tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen on this date in 1922.

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Jimmy climbs up the slide.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as realizing your son really cares about you, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1967 - 
Elvis Presley's single "Big Boss Man" hit #38 in the U.S.

2003 - The Elvis Presley album "Christmas Peace" was released. The album contained 40 songs.

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On this date in 1924, Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected America's first woman governor so she could serve out the remaining term of her late husband, William B. Ross.

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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
The Beatles received a royal seal of approval from H.R.H. the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon. The band had played at the Royal Variety Performance at London's Prince of Wales Theatre.

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At the 40th National Automobile Show the first air-conditioned car was put on display on this date in 1939.

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Today in Sports History:

1923 - George Halas (Chicago Bears) picked up an Oorang Indians fumble and ran it 98 yards for a touchdown.

1954 - The Philadelphia A's moved to Kansas City.

1960 - Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia) set an NBA record when he missed all 10 of his free throws.

1972 - The L.A. Kings scored 3 goals within 45 seconds against the New York Islanders.

1973 - The Chicago Bears set an NFL record when they held the Green Bay Packers to -12 yards passing.

1976 - Major league baseball held its first free-agent draft. 24 players were available from 13 teams.

1994 - United Center in Chicago, IL, opened.

1994 - The San Antonio Spurs' season opener was delayed for 50 minutes when a fireworks display triggered the sprinkler system in the Alamodome.

2001 - Randall Cunningham (Baltimore Ravens) achieved 30,000 career passing yards.

2001 - The Arizona Diamondbacks won their first World Series. They beat the New York Yankees 3-2 in game 7.

2001 - Former Dallas Cowboy Nate Newton was arrested in Louisiana after police found 213 pounds of marijuana in a van he was driving.

2003 - Mark Messier (New York Rangers) scored two goals and moved into second place in career points. The goals were points 1850 and 1851 of his career.

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Gravity has moved past the $400 million mark worldwide. Through Sunday, the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney film has grossed $219.2 million in North America and $207.5 million overseas. Ender's Game was the top movie at the weekend box office.

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FORT WORTH, Tex. -- Brad Keselowski dominated early and retook the lead late to win Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.

Read the rest here.

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Oprah Winfrey has raised $600,000 for charity through a "yard sale" of her personal possessions held Saturday in California. The TV superstar auctioned off a collection of art, antiques, furniture and memorabilia, with proceeds earmarked for her girls leadership academy in South Africa.

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FORT WORTH, Texas. -- The speed in Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet was positively jaw-dropping.

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On this date in 1981, the second scheduled flight of the space shuttle Columbia was canceled with only 31 seconds left in the countdown.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Edmonton Oilers 7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Servicemaster 200 at Phoenix International Raceway 4:00pm EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 5:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings 7:00pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Arizona State Sun Devils TBA

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Advocare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway 3:00pm EST

CFL Playoff Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs BC Lions 4:30pm EST (Western Semifinal)

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

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