Friday, February 21, 2014

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It's Friday. Here's what's happening....


Today is February 21st, the 52nd day of 2014. There are 313 days left in the year.


NBC relishing consecutive U.S.-Canada games.

NHL to host free fan festival in celebration of 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic.

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Today's Birthdays: Alan Rickman (Harry Potter movies, Die Hard) is 68; Kelsey Grammer (Frasier, Cheers, X-Men: The Last Stand) is 59; Jennifer Love Hewitt (Party of Five, Ghost Whisperer) is 35; Ellen Page (Juno, Inception) is 27.


Tampa, FL. --Steven Stamkos practiced with the Tampa Bay Lightning again Thursday and said he is "definitely very close" to be cleared to play.

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The first electric burglar alarm was installed in Boston, MA on this date in 1858.


U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team Falls to Canada in Overtime, 3-2, in Gold-Medal Game at 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Duggan and Carpenter Score; Vetter Makes 28 Saves
SOCHI, Russia -- Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) and Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) scored and goaltender Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) turned away 28 shots, but the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team fell to Canada, 3-2, in overtime of the gold-medal game at the Olympic Winter Games.
Team USA held an 11-9 shots advantage in a back-and-forth first period, but neither team was able to break through for the game’s first score until Duggan converted midway through the middle frame.
After a turnover in the neutral zone, Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) wheeled into the zone and tried to drive the puck towards the net, but it was knocked off her stick in the left circle. Duggan swooped in, retrieved the puck and fired a hard wrister through traffic over Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados’ glove.
Carpenter doubled the U.S. lead at 2:01 of the third stanza with a power-play marker. After gaining possession of the puck and setting up in the offensive zone, Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) threaded a pass from the far circle to Carpenter sitting on the backdoor. Carpenter one-timed the puck over the left leg of Szabados, off the pipe and in. Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) tallied the second assist on the play.
Team Canada cut the U.S. lead to 2-1 at 16:34 of the period when Brianne Jenner slipped to the middle of the ice, shot a puck off an American defender and past Vetter. Marie-Phillip Poulin knotted the score with 55 seconds remaining in regulation before winning the game on a power play at 8:10 of the extra session.
The 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team won its third silver medal in Olympic competition and finished the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with a record of 3-0-1-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L).
NOTES: For today's box score, plus video highlights and photos, click here ... The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team has medaled in all five Olympic appearances (gold-1998, silver-2002, 2010 and 2014, bronze-2006) ... Defenseman Megan Bozek and forwards Amanda Kessel and Hilary Knight were voted to the All-Star Team, as selected by the media ... Kessel (3-3--6), Knight (3-3--6), Kendall Coyne (2-4--6) and Brianna Decker (2-4--6) tied for the team lead with six points apiece ... For complete information on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, including a team roster, player and staff bios, Olympic history and more, click here ... The 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team is under the direction of General ManagerReagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ... Katey Stone (Arlington, Mass.) was named head coach on June 8, 2012, and is the first female to serve as head coach of a U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. Olympic Teams.
2014 Olympic Winter Games
Game Schedule for U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team 

Feb. 8-20 • Sochi, Russia
Sat., Feb. 8FinlandShayba ArenaW, 3-1
Mon., Feb. 10SwitzerlandShayba ArenaW, 9-0
Wed., Feb. 12CanadaShayba ArenaL, 2-3
Mon., Feb. 17Sweden (Semifinals)Shayba ArenaW, 6-1
Thurs., Feb. 20Canada (Gold-Medal Game)Bolshoy Ice DomeL, 2-3 (OT)


The new cast of the rebooted Fantastic Four movie franchise has been announced which means that fans immediately took to social media with their opinions.


Bombers name Etcheverry defensive coordinator.

Lions ink McCallum to extension; sign K Ricky Schmitt.

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Some time next year Apple fans will be able to buy a collectible stamp featuring Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The Steve Jobs stamp is scheduled for 2015, joined by other icons like Johnny Carson, the Peanuts, Elvis Presley and James Brown.


Tampa, FL. — When Tampa Bay talks about an “enhanced logo” on a new helmet, what they really mean is an enlarged logo.

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Not everyone finds the idea appealing, but coffee shops and stands with scantily clad ladies behind the counter have become more commonplace. The problem is they aren't that interesting unless you're attracted to women. But a new coffee stand in Spokane, Washington solves that problem. Hot Cup of Joe features baristas who serve up coffee shirtless. The baristas may eventually leave their jeans behind and serve up coffee in what the owner calls "cute, classy underwear." Men do have an incentive to stop by: they receive a $1 discount on their coffee.


Waiting for the ball to drop on New Year's.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching mens' Olympic hockey, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1957 - 
Elvis Presley's parents paid a visit to Elvis on the set of "Loving You." The made a cameo appearance in the audience in the scene Elvis performed "Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do."

1967 - Elvis Presley began recording the songs for the soundtrack to "Clambake."

1981 - Elvis Presley's updated version of "Guitar Man" hit #43 in the U.K. 


LITTLE-KNOWN WINTER OLYMPIC FACT - In the four man bobsled, a team has a full second taken off their time if, during the run, team members simultaneously raise their arms above their head and shout "Wheeee!!!"


Today in Beatles History:

1968 - 
McGraw-Hill, Inc. outbids eight other American publishers for the U.S. rights to Hunter Davies' authorized biography of the Beatles. They paid $150,000 for the rights.


Christina Aguilera is pregnant. The news comes less than a week after she announced her engagement to boyfriend Matt Rutler. Multiple sources confirm that the singer is expecting her second child. Aguilera and Rutler have been dating for three years. They met on the set of her movie Burlesque. The wedding and baby are coming at a great time for the couple - Aguilera is taking the next season off from The Voice.


Today in Sports History:

1904 - The National Ski Association was formed in Ishpeming, MI. 

1931 - The Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants became the first major league teams to play in a night game.

1968 - An agreement between baseball players and club owners increased the minimum salary for major league players to $10,000 a year.

1970 - Bobby Hull (Chicago Blackhawks) scored his 500th career point.

1971 - Ruth Jensen won $60,000 in the Sears Women's World Classic.

1973 - The Chicago Blackhawks played their 262nd game without being shut out.

1974 - Tom Seaver signed a contract with the New York Mets worth $172,000 a year.

1985 - A NBA attendance record was set when 44,970 people watched a game between Atlanta and Detroit.

1986 - Rollie Fingers refused to shave off his mustache to comply with the policy of the Cincinnati Reds.

1986 - Jimmy Connors was fined $20,000 and was suspended from tennis for ten weeks after he threw a fit while playing against Ivan Lendl.

1996 - The Philadelphia 76ers had their worst offensive performance in over 40 years. They only managed to score 57 points against Miami.


IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND - 3 Days to Kill (PG-13) and Pompeii (PG-13)


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Johnstown Tomahawks 7:30pm EST

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway 1:15pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Johnstown Tomahawks 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway 1:00pm EST


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

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