Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is March 3rd, the 62nd day of 2014. There are 303 days left in the year.


Sabres president: LaFontaine leaves lasting legacy.

Lightning's Cooper deserving of Jack Adams Award.

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Today's Birthdays: Radio and TV personality Ira Glass (This American Life) is 55; Rapper Tone-Loc is 48; Julie Bowen (Modern Family's Claire Dunphy) is 44; Jessica Biel (Total Recal, The A-Team) is 32.


Denver, CO. --The Tampa Bay Lightning suffered their fourth dropped decision in six games in a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche Sunday night at Pepsi Arena.

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Florida became the 27th U.S. state on this date in 1845.


Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild played the Kenai River Brown Bears Saturday night at the Town Toyota Center, scoring twice in each period en route to a 6-1 win in front of 3,244 fans.

Joseph Kaszupski (Henderson, Nevada) opened the scoring for the Wild by splitting the defense and wristing one high to the glove side. The unassisted goal at 10:29 put Wenatchee up 1-0. Moments later, on the power play, Mitch Demario (Franklin, Wisconsin) scored to the same spot. Matthew Nuttle (Marilla, New York) assisted on the goal at 11:14, which spelled the end of the night for Kenai River goaltender Zach Quinn and put the Wild up 2-0.

Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, Nevada) scored 5:10 into the third, slipping a wrister under the goaltender and into the net. Kaszupski assisted, putting Wenatchee on top, 3-0. Demario scored a power play goal from Kaszupski at 17:31, driving one home from the left wing circle, giving the Wild a 4-0 lead through two.

In the third, Jack Gessert scored for the Brown Bears from Matt Rudin and Jacob Davidson at 1:36 to draw within 4-1, but Wenatchee would get that one back just over two minutes later, as David Powlowski (Rochester, New York) banged one home at the right post. Christian Salvato (La Verne, California) drew the lone assist at 3:45, giving the Wild a 5-1 lead. Powlowski would score another power play goal, this one from the bottom of the right circle. The goal, coming at 13:48, was assisted by Jakob Ahlgren (Fergus Falls, Minnesota), putting Wenatchee up by five, at 6-1. The Wild would not let Kenai River back into the contest, winning by the 6-1 count, their sixth straight win over the Brown Bears. “All the way around, that was a tough effort on our part” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “I thought all aspects were pretty good, that we got our nose dirty right from the start. When we do that, we give ourselves a chance. Again tomorrow we’ll play a very desperate team; it’ll be a great challenge for us. I’m looking forward to it.”

Wenatchee outshot Kenai River 39-22 for the game. Chase Perry (Andover, Minnesota) made 21 saves for the Wild, while Quinn and Kris Oldham combined for 33 saves in the Brown Bears’ net. Wenatchee was 4-for-8 on the power play and 5-of-6 on the penalty kill.

Wenatchee is now 27-20-6; Kenai River is now 24-21-6.

Wenatchee hosts the Brown Bears for one more game tomorrow, Sunday, March  2nd, starting at 3:05pm PST. Then, on Friday and Saturday, March 7th and 8th, the Wild hosts the Midwest Division leading Fairbanks Ice Dogs, with puck drop at 7:05pm PST both nights. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).


Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild played the Kenai River Brown Bears in a Sunday afternoon matinee at the Town Toyota Center and pulled out a 4-3 overtime win in front of 2,579 fans.

Kenai River scored first, as Conor Deal lit the lamp, off a helper from Frankie Spellman at 3:52, putting the Brown Bears on top 1-0. Wenatchee tied it up on a power play goal, as Alex Rauter (Morristown, New Jersey) deflected a point shot into the net. River Rymsha (Huntington Woods, Michigan) and Jakob Ahlgren (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) assisted at 12:02, evening the score at 1-1. The Wild grabbed the lead off a shorthanded 2-on-1, as David Powlowski (Rochester, New York) scored off a crossing pass from Parker Tuomie (Biemerhaven, Germany) at 18:21, putting Wenatchee on top 2-1.

In the second period, it took just 28 seconds for Judd Loewenstein to tie it up for Kenai River, assisted by Matt Rudin and Tommy Dierl, making it a 2-2 game.

Nicholas Rivera (Pacific Palisades, California) snapped one home from the right wing circle for the Wild. Rymsha and Omar Mullan (Dearborn, Michigan) drew the assists at 1:44 of the third period, giving Wenatchee a 3-2 lead. The Brown Bears tied it on a Sebastian Fuchs goal. The assist went to Alec Butcher at 16:36, squaring the game at 3-3.

The two teams went back-and-forth in the extra session, but late in the overtime, Tuomie collected a short rebound straight out in front and powered it home for the winning goal. The assists went to Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, Nevada) and Matthew Nuttle (Marilla, New York) at 3:22 and the Wild skated off with their seventh straight win over Kenai River, by a final of 4-3. The win puts Wenatchee 4 points up on Coulee Region in the battle for third place in the Midwest Division and the advantage over the Brown Bears is now 7 points. “Proud of the effort all weekend” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “Not much gas left in the tank for either team, pretty gritty effort for us. We’re 10-3-2 our last 15, so we’re starting to play good hockey at the right time of the year. We had good goaltending all weekend, good special teams, we were able to play 4 lines and 6 d, pretty good team effort. Going to enjoy this tonight, start looking forward to Fairbanks, seeing if we’ve made progress, looking forward to the challenge with Fairbanks coming in on the weekend.”

Wenatchee outshot Kenai River 39-28. Austin Priebe (Wausau, Wisconsin) made 25 saves for the Wild; Kris Oldham had 35 saves for the Brown Bears. The Wild went 1-for-4 on the power play and 4-of-4 on the penalty kill.

Wenatchee is now 28-20-6; Kenai River is now 24-21-7.

Wenatchee hosts the Midwest Division leading Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Friday and Saturday, March 7th and 8th, with puck drop at 7:05pm PST both nights. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).



Last night (Sunday) was the Academy Awards. [Only the best actors in the world were there. In other words, there was absolutely no reason for Kim Kardashian to find a babysitter.]


Rottier ready for redemption in Edmonton.

Vanstone: Ottawa Redblacks opener against Roughriders worth seeing.

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The U.S. Post Office began offering special delivery for first-class mail on this date in 1885.


Tampa, FL. — Here's a sampling of media reports on the Buccaneers today.

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As if this winter hasn't been draining enough, Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend (March 9) -- meaning we'll lose an hour of sleep.


Jimmy zips around the trampoline place.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as housework on a Monday, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" debuted at #68 in the U.S.

1960 - Elvis Presley arrived at McGuire Air Force Base near Fort Dix, New Jersey, after his time in the Army in Germany. Nancy Sinatra was his official greeter as he stepped off the plane.

1964 - Elvis Presley recorded the version of "Roustabout" that was written by Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott. It was not used in the film "Roustabout."

1980 - A napkin signed by Elvis Presley was bought for 500 pounds at a Sotheby's auction in London.

1981 - The documentary movie "This is Elvis" premiered in Memphis, TN. 


In St. Louis, MO, Barney Gilmore was arrested for spitting on this date in 1903.


Today in Beatles History:

1971 - 
The South African Broadcasting Corporation lifted its ban on the music of the Beatles.

1980 - Four dollar bills signed by the Beatles sold for 220 pounds at a Sotheby's auction in London. 


Scientists announced the discovery of ancient cheese on Chinese mummies dating back to 1615 B.C. The mummies, found in a cemetery in northwestern China, were buried in large wooden boats atop a sand dune and tightly wrapped with cowhide to create a vacuum-like effect. This method of preservation, along with the dry desert air and salty soil, mostly prevented the corpses' decay.


Today in Sports History:

1875 - The first recorded hockey game was played in Montreal. 

1920 - The Quebec Bulldogs beat the Montreal Canadiens 16-3.

1959 - The San Francisco Giants had their new stadium officially named Candlestick Park.

1968 - Jean Beliveau (Montreal Canadiens) became the first NHL player to score 1,000 career points.

1974 - George Foreman knocked out Ken Norton.

1982 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) scored his 77th, 78th and 79th goals of the season.

1992 - Mike Bossy's #2 became the second number retired by the New York Islanders.

1998 - Larry Doby became the first black player in the American League to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

2001 - John Ruiz became the first Hispanic heavyweight champion. He beat Evander Holyfield for the WBA heavyweight title.

2002 - The Dallas Stars set an NHL record with their 48th straight win when leading after two periods. The streak started on November 11, 2000.

2006 - In Tokyo, Japan, the opener of the World Baseball Classic took place.


A woman walking into a Flint, Michigan, store wearing a shower cap and asked to see more shower caps. An employee said when he turned to help another customer the woman snatched a $1 shower cap and sprinted out the door without paying for it.


AVONDALE, Ariz.—You can change the cars.

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Non-Stop, featuring Liam Neeson as an air marshal battling a ransom-seeking terrorist in flight, opened as the top-grossing film in U.S. and Canadian cinemas, toppling The Lego Movie from a three-weekend run at No. 1.

... On Sunday Frozen moved passed the $1 billion level.


AVONDALE, Ariz. — In a race that began with an air of inevitability as thick as the storm clouds that pelted Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday night, Kevin Harvick survived a succession of late restarts to win Sunday's The Profit on CNBC 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

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The "Star Spangled Banner," written by Francis Scott Key, was adopted as the American national anthem on this date in 1931. The song was originally a poem known as "Defense of Fort McHenry."


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Louis Blues 8:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres 7:30pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs 10:05pm EST

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 4:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins 7:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs 10:05pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 3:00pm EDT


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

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