Monday, December 23, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is December 23rd, the 357th day of 2013. There are 8 days left in the year.

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NHL Network-US 2014 World Junior Championship game broadcast schedule.


Jagr ties Messier for seventh place on NHL goals list.


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

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Parents in western New York were arrested for forcing their 23-month-old to smoke marijuana.[Wow. When I was 23 months old I was still on Chardonnay.]

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Tampa, FL. -- It took a new season high in shots, but the Tampa Bay Lightning remained vigilant in a 3-2 overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Police in Vigo, Spain, say they have been ordered to guard a collection of empty Christmas presents for the past week. Six police officers in the city have been watching the packages 24 hours a day, in 8-hour shifts. The mayor of Vigo ordered the empty boxes be watched. Why is unclear.

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Minot, ND. – The Wenatchee Wild played the Minot Minotauros at Maysa Arena Saturday night in their last game of the pre-Christmas schedule, getting three goals and a 24 save effort from Chase Perry (Andover, Minnesota) in blanking the Tauros 3-0 in NAHL action in Minot.

Just like Friday night’s game, the two teams were scoreless after one, with shots even at 8 apiece.

The scoreless tie was broken as the Wild scored early in the second. Nicholas Rivera (Pacific Palisades, California) cut in from the right wing circle and gunned one home from about 10 feet straight on. The goal, coming at 2:08, was assisted by Tanner Barnes (Burnsville, Minnesota) and Mike Coyne (Kenmore, New York) and gave Wenatchee a 1-0 lead. The Wild would increase the lead just over ten minutes later, as Jakob Ahlgren (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) scored on a sharp angle shot from the left side. The unassisted goal, scored at 12:45, staked Wenatchee to a 2-0 lead.

Coyne got behind the defense on a delayed penalty and slipped home a back hander in tight, just shy of the five minute mark of the third period. The goal, the Wild’s third unassisted counter of the night, came at 4:39 and put the Wild up 3-0. Wenatchee rode a strong defensive effort the rest of the way, winning the game 3-0. “Much better all-around team effort” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “Much better. We had contributions on all four lines and our team played well and obviously, that starts with your goalie. Chase Perry, he made some big saves in the first or we could have been playing catch up hockey. It was nice to see him play well and get the shutout.” Littler continued, saying “Overall, I’m pretty happy with the first half (of the season). Pretty happy with the first half right now. We’re excited to let the kids go on break here and then come back at the end of the month, excited to get after it, to get better.”

Perry had 24 saves on the night for the Wild; Merrick Madsen made 26 stops for Minot. Wenatchee was 0-for-5 on the power play and 4-of-4 on the penalty kill.

The Wild is now 15-13-3; the Minotauros are 14-14-3.

The Wild resumes play at home with a pair of games against Fairbanks on Friday and Saturday, January 3rd and 4th. Faceoff both nights is 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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Katie Couric's new salary has been made public. She'll get $6 million a year from Yahoo for basically part-time work. [Of course, since she's only part-time, she'll have to get her own health insurance.]

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U.S. National Junior Team Defeats Finland, 3-2,In Pre-Tournament Game
Gillies Makes 38 Saves; O'Regan, Hartman and Skjei Score
ANGELHOLM, Sweden – The U.S. National Junior Team finished pre-tournament play with a 3-2 win over Finland today at Lindab Arena. Goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine/Providence College) made 38 saves, including a second period penalty shot and five point-blank shots in the final minute of play.
Next, Team USA makes the short trip to Malmo, Sweden, to start the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. The U.S. begins defense of its gold medal against Czech Republic Thursday (Dec. 26) at 5:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. ET). In the U.S., the game will be televised live on NHL Network and streamed live on NHL.com.

"Today is probably the type of game that we have to win, a 3-2 type game, with this team," said Don Lucia," head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "Jon Gillies did a good job in net. He needs to be our best player night in and night out. The guys that we need to score scored a couple goals tonight. we got pucks down below the goal line and started to grind things out, which is where we'll be at our best."
Dan O’Regan (Needham, Mass./Boston Univ.) opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 10:21 of the first period. Nic Kerdiles (Irvine, Wis./Univ. of Wisconsin) rushed down the left side and fed the puck to Riley Barber (Pittsburgh, Pa./Miami Univ.) near the left post. Barber corralled the puck behind the net and centered it for O’Regan to flip under the cross bar.
At 7:32 of the second stanza, Finland tied the game on Arturri Lehkonen’s power-play goal from the center point.
Stationed in the right slot, Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) buried a one-timer from Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass./U.S. National Under-18 Team) 2:23 into the third period. Initially skating right to left behind the net, Eichel quickly reversed direction to create a passing lane through the right circle.
Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota) scored the eventual game-winner with a pinpoint blast from the right point at 5:16. Tommy DiPauli (Woodridge, Ill./Univ. of Notre Dame) set up Skjei with a cross-ice feed, while Vince Hinostroza (Bartlett, Ill./Univ. of Notre Dame) also assisted.
Finland capitalized on a five-on-three power play at 11:33, cutting USA’s advantage to one.
The teams exchanged scoring chances in the final minutes, though the last 60 seconds were played in the U.S. zone. Gillies made back-to-back kick saves as well as a sprawling stop to secure the win.
NOTESJon Gillies was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... For tonight's box score, photos and audio from Coach Lucia, click here ... The line chart and game notes for today's game are available here ... The U.S. has medaled in three of the last four IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold in 2013 and 2010 and bronze in 2011 ... Don Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.), head coach of the University of Minnesota men's ice hockey team, is the head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team. Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn.), head coach of the St. Cloud State University men's ice hockey team, Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.), associate head coach of the Boston College men's ice hockey team, and David Lassonde (Denver, Colo.), assistant coach of the University of Denver men's ice hockey team, are the assistant coaches. Dan Muse (Clinton, Conn.), assistant coach of Yale University's men's ice hockey team, is serving as the team's video coordinator... Jim Johannson(Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the fifth consecutive year ... Don Waddell (Detroit, Mich.), an international consultant to USA Hockey, is assisting with player identification for Team USA ... The U.S. will compete in a group with Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. For more information about the tournament, click here ... In August, 44 players attended the 2013 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. Complete details from that camp can be found here.
2014 IIHF World Junior Championship NHL Network ScheduleDec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014 • Malmo, Sweden • Malmo Arena
Date
Matchup
Time (Local/ET)
Live Streaming
Fri., Dec. 20USA vs. Sweden*L, 4-2--
Sun., Dec. 22USA vs. Finland*W, 3-2--
Thurs., Dec. 26
USA vs. Czech Republic5:30 p.m./11:30 a.m.NHL.com
Sat., Dec. 28
USA vs. Slovakia1:30 p.m./7:30 a.m.NHL.com
Sun., Dec. 29
USA vs. Germany3:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.NHL.com
Tues., Dec. 31USA vs. Canada5:30 p.m./11:30 a.m.NHL.com
Thurs., Jan. 2
Quarterfinal #1
Quarterfinal #2
Quarterfinal #3
Quarterfinal #4
noon/6:00 a.m.
2:30 p.m./8:30 a.m.
5:00 p.m./11:00 a.m.
7:30 p.m./1:30 p.m.
NHL.com
Fri., Jan. 3
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
3:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m./1:00 p.m.
NHL.com
Sun., Jan. 5
Bronze Medal Game
Gold Medal Game
3:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m./1:00 p.m.
NHL.com
* pre-tournament game in Angelholm, Sweden, not televised in U.S.


Barber Named Captain of 2014 U.S. National Junior Team
Team USA Trims Roster to 24
HELSINGBORG, Sweden – Riley Barber (Pittsburgh, Pa./Miami Univ.) was named captain of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team, USA Hockey announced today. The alternate captains areAndrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich./Univ. of Michigan) and Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass./Boston Univ.).

A year ago, Barber helped the U.S. National Junior Team capture the gold medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. He contributed three goals and three assists. Barber, Copp and Grzelcyk were teammates on the U.S. squad that won the gold medal at the 2012 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic.

Additionally, Team USA reduced its roster to 24 players today, one shy of the final number that will participate at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo. For the current roster, which includes 14 forwards, seven defensemen and three goalies, click here.

"We are pleased to have settled on our three goaltenders and seven defensemen for the tournament," said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "Due to a medical matter, we are still evaluating our forwards and expect to make a final decision by our first game on Dec. 26."

The U.S. begins defense of its gold medal against Czech Republic Thursday (Dec. 26) at 5:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. ET). In the U.S., the game will be televised live on NHL Network (DirecTV 215, DISH 477) and streamed live on NHL.com.
NOTES: The U.S. has medaled in three of the last four IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold in 2013 and 2010 and bronze in 2011 ... Don Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.), head coach of the University of Minnesota men's ice hockey team, is the head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team. Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn.), head coach of the St. Cloud State University men's ice hockey team, Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.), associate head coach of the Boston College men's ice hockey team, and David Lassonde (Denver, Colo.), assistant coach of the University of Denver men's ice hockey team, are the assistant coaches. Dan Muse(Clinton, Conn.), assistant coach of Yale University's men's ice hockey team, is serving as the team's video coordinator... Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the fifth consecutive year ... Don Waddell (Detroit, Mich.), an international consultant to USA Hockey, is assisting with player identification for Team USA ... The U.S. will compete in a group with Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. For more information about the tournament, click here ... In August, 44 players attended the 2013 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. Complete details from that camp can be found here.
2014 IIHF World Junior Championship NHL Network ScheduleDec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014 • Malmo, Sweden • Malmo Arena
Date
Matchup
Time (Local/ET)
Live Streaming
Fri., Dec. 20USA vs. Sweden*L, 4-2--
Sun., Dec. 22USA vs. Finland*W, 3-2--
Thurs., Dec. 26
USA vs. Czech Republic5:30 p.m./11:30 a.m.NHL.com
Sat., Dec. 28
USA vs. Slovakia1:30 p.m./7:30 a.m.NHL.com
Sun., Dec. 29
USA vs. Germany3:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.NHL.com
Tues., Dec. 31USA vs. Canada5:30 p.m./11:30 a.m.NHL.com
Thurs., Jan. 2
Quarterfinal #1
Quarterfinal #2
Quarterfinal #3
Quarterfinal #4
noon/6:00 a.m.
2:30 p.m./8:30 a.m.
5:00 p.m./11:00 a.m.
7:30 p.m./1:30 p.m.
NHL.com
Fri., Jan. 3
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
3:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m./1:00 p.m.
NHL.com
Sun., Jan. 5
Bronze Medal Game
Gold Medal Game
3:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m./1:00 p.m.
NHL.com
* pre-tournament game in Angelholm, Sweden, not televised in U.S.

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Once considered the go-to-gift for the lazy, last-minute shopper, the gift card seems to be making a comeback. According to a recent holiday shopping survey by Discover, 30 percent of Americans are hoping to find a gift card under their tree (and 36 percent of Americans plan to give them to someone on their list), making it this holiday season's favorite item to give and receive.

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Gibson among 8 coaching hires in Ottawa.

Happy returns: Vega re-joins Bombers for 2014.

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

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In 2003, Trista and Ryan Sutter got married on TV, and 10 years later, they'll renew their vows on TV. The Bachelorette couple held a vow-renewal ceremony in their hometown of Vail, Colorado, on Saturday, which will be broadcast next month on ABC.


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Regina, SK. -When John Chick realized his days in the National Football League were over, he didn’t have any anxiety. That’s because he knew he could return to the place from where he left with open arms and succeed which is exactly what happened.

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Postal experts estimate that Santa will receive 8 million traditional paper letters this year. [There was no other choice. Santa was having too much trouble getting his website to work.]

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St. Louis, MO. — Zac Stacy’s hard-earned 104 rushing yards and seven sacks by the St. Louis defense were the difference on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome as the Rams pulled away from a tight game to win by two scores.

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The British government is asking citizens sickened by a common norovirus to describe the color and texture of their puke and post it on Twitter for the world to see. The government's Food Standards Agency is hoping the oversharers on social media will help it track the violent stomach bug.

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Let's go to the zoo Daddy!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as recovering from minor surgery, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1974 - 
Elvis Presley flew back to Memphis (from Palm Springs) through Amarillo, TX.

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ABC's Mysteries of the Castle: Beyond Downton Abbey is coming later this month. The 20/20 special is a behind-the-butler look at the Downton Abbey world from inside the real-life English Castle that inspired the cult series. Mysteries of the Castle: Beyond Downton Abbey will air Thursday, December 26.

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Today in Beatles History:

1967 - 
A tape of the Beatles performing "Hello Goodbye" was aired on "American Bandstand."

1972 - John Lennon's film "Imagine" premiered on national TV.

1974 - George Harrison released a holiday single, "Ding Dong, Ding Dong."  

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French police arrested a man who was so upset that a McDonald's near Paris had given him cold french fries that he went berserk, and began attacking the building with an ax. [I know what you're thinking -- the guy's a nut. But have you ever tried eating cold french fries?]

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Today in Sports History:

1951 - A NFL championship game was televised nationally for the first time. The Los Angeles Rams beat the Cleveland Browns 24-17. The DuMont Network had paid $75,000 for the rights to the game.

1972 - The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Oakland Raiders 13-7 in an NFL playoff game on a last-second play that was dubbed the "Immaculate Reception." Pittsburgh's Franco Harris caught a deflected pass and ran it in for the winning touchdown.

1991 - Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll retired after 23 seasons. He was the only coach to win four Super Bowls.

1995 - Tonya Harding and Mike Smith were married.

1997 - Jari Kurri (Colorado Avalanche) became the 8th NHL player to score 600 goals.

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A small French café has taken the old adage that manners don't cost you anything to its logical extreme -- by charging extra to rude customers. At La Petite Syrah in Nice, if you ask for coffee it will set you back $7. If you also include the magic word please you'll get the same drink for a couple of bucks less -- even less if you begin the order with a friendly "hello". The café manager said his staff had grown increasingly fed up with the bad manners of people in a rush.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:30pm EST

Tuesday --

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Boise State Broncos 8:00pm EST (Hawaii Bowl)

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Miontreal Canadiens 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 4:25pm EST (Final game of regular season)

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers 7:00pm EST

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

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