Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations












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

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Today is April 7th, the 97th day of 2014. There are 268 days left in the year.

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Trip by two Canucks lifted curtain to Russia.

Blues' Oshie thankful for infant daughter's progress.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Director Francis Ford Coppola (Godfather I and II, Patton) is 75; Singer/guitarist John Oates (Hall & Oates) is 65; Russell Crowe (Noah, 3:10 to Yuma, American Gangster) is 50.

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Tampa, FL. -- Wanting to rebound from a disappointing loss Thursday, a three-goal deficit in the first period put the Tampa Bay Lightning in a hole they could not dig themselves out of, as it dropped a second consecutive contest, 5-2, Saturday against the Dallas Stars at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Read the rest here.

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The first long-distance TV transmission was sent from Washington, DC, to New York City on this date in 1927. The audience saw an image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover.

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2014 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships: Final Pairings
FASTHockey to webcast championship games
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Four days of spirited competition has whittled hundreds of teams down to just a few championship contenders in the Youth, Girls, Women and Tier III Junior categories at the 2014 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships. FASTHockey will webcast all championship games taking place in eight cities across the United States. A full schedule of games is listed below. For a listing of past USA Hockey national champions, click here.
Games are streamed on a pay-per-view basis and available by visitingUSAHockey.FASTHockey.com and creating a free account. In addition, games will be available for purchase on DVD following the tournament by visitingUSAHockey.FASTHockey.com.
In addition to streaming and mobile coverage, USA Hockey will also provide scoring, stats, standings and photos from each of the games on USAHockey.com and via its new Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships app. Fans can follow all of the action from each tournament on Twitter at both @USAHockey and @USAHNationals.
For more information, contact Jayson Hron (jaysonh@usahockey.org / 719.538.1159).
2014 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships 
Championship Game Schedule
LEVEL
FINALISTS
TIME
LOCATION
Tier I Youth 14U
Chicago Mission
Shattuck-St. Mary's
11 a.m. CT
Green Bay, Wis.
Tier I Youth 16U
St. Louis Blues
Colorado Thunderbirds
1 p.m. CT
Green Bay, Wis.
Tier I Youth 18U
Victory Honda
Shattuck-St. Mary's
1 p.m. CT
Green Bay, Wis.
Tier I Girls 14U
Assabet Valley
East Coast Wizards
9 a.m. ET
Marlborough, Mass.
Tier I Girls 16U
Shattuck-St. Mary's
Mid-Fairfield
11 a.m. ET
Marlborough, Mass.
Tier I Girls 19U
Shattuck-St. Mary's
Assabet Valley
1 p.m. ET
Marlborough, Mass.
Tier II Youth 14U 1A
Montana Thunderblades
Team South Dakota
9 a.m. ET
Hackensack, N.J.
Tier II Youth 14U 2A
Chesterfield
New Canaan Winter Club
11 a.m. ET
Hackensack, N.J.
Tier II Youth 14U 3A
Miami Toros
USA Eagles
1 p.m. ET
Hackensack, N.J.
Tier II Youth 16U 1A
Team South Dakota
Delaware Ducks
11:15 a.m. ET
Reston, Va.
Tier II Youth 16U 2A
Union Knights
East Coast Eagles
9 a.m. ET
Reston, Va.
Tier II Youth 16U 3A
Massena/St. Lawrence
Oakland Jr. Grizzlies
9:15 a.m. ET
Reston, Va.
Tier II Youth 18U 1A
TN-Knoxville Ice Bears
Idaho Jr. Steelheads
8 a.m. ET
Wayne, N.J.
Tier II Youth 18U 2A
NJ Ice Vault Bandits
Affton Americans (Mo.)
10:15 a.m. ET
Wayne, N.J.
Tier II Youth 18U 3A
Delaware Ducks
WPA-Mid-State Mustangs
12:30 p.m. ET
Wayne, N.J.
Tier II Girls 14U
Assabet Valley
New Jersey
8 a.m. ET
Amherst, N.Y.
Tier II Girls 16U
Marquette
Charles River
10 a.m. ET
Amherst, N.Y.
Tier II Girls 19U
Cape Cod
Keweehaw
Noon ET
Amherst, N.Y.
Women's A
Finalists TBD
3 p.m. ET
Marlborough, Mass.
Women's B
Gulf Coast Seagals
Victory Honda
10 a.m. ET
Marlborough, Mass.
Women's C
Finalists TBD
10 a.m. ET
Marlborough, Mass.
Tier III Junior
Finalists TBD
TBD
Simsbury, Conn.


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Vladimir Putin's divorce is final. [She's taking the house, he's taking Ukraine.]

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WILD BEAT WILDERNESS IN GAME TWO

Cloquet, MN. – The Wenatchee Wild made the most of their opportunities Saturday night, skating past the Minnesota Wilderness 4-3 at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena, in game two of the best-of-five Midwest Division semifinals, taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

The Wild capitalized on their second power play of the opening period, as Alex Rauter (Morristown, New Jersey) scored on a backhander straight out in front. The assists went to David Powlowski (Rochester, New York) and Jakob Ahlgren (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) at 7:37, putting Wenatchee on top, 1-0. The Wilderness would tie the game on a Darian Romanko goal, with assists going to Michael Covach and Jaycob McCombs at 15:34, knotting the game at 1-1.  With the Wild’s Omar Mullan (Dearborn, Michigan) in the penalty box on a major penalty, Jakob Romo fired home a power play goal, with helpers from Terry Leabo and Thomas Lindstrom at 18:41, putting Minnesota on top, 2-1. Just moments later however, Wenatchee would tie the game thanks to Rauter’s wrister from outside the top of the right circle. Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, Nevada) assisted at 19:30, tying the game 2-2.

Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) fired home an unassisted goal at 4:27 of the second period, putting the Wild back on top at 3-2. Richard Buri would tie it up for the Wilderness, with assists going to Eric Brenk and Romo at 8:06, tying the game 3-3. Nicholas Rivera (Pacific Palisades, California) scored a sharp angle goal on a shot from the right of the goal, putting Wenatchee back in the lead. Mullan and Mike Coyne (Kenmore, New York) assisted at 14:21 and the Wild were back in front at 4-3.

The two teams battled hard throughout the third period, with Wenatchee hanging on to the one goal lead. Minnesota pulled the goaltender in the final minute, but the Wild kept the Wilderness at bay, holding on for the 4-3 win. “I thought both teams battled hard” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “Awful proud of our effort. We’ll need our best effort tomorrow night. We’ll get a team that’s desperate, a team that’s won a lot of hockey games; we’ll need our best effort tomorrow to get ‘em.”

Minnesota outshot Wenatchee 30-28. Chase Perry (Andover, Minnesota) made 25 saves for the Wild, while Kasimir Kaskisuo and Frank Oplinger combined to stop 24 shots for the Wilderness. Wenatchee was 1-for-2 on the power play and 1-of-2 with a shorthanded goal on the penalty kill.

Wenatchee leads the best-of-five series, 2-0.

Game Three is tomorrow (Sunday) night at 3:05pm PDT. If necessary, the series will shift to Wenatchee for games 4 and 5 on Friday and Saturday, April 11th and 12th. Individual and group game tickets for all home playoff games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).


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WILDERNESS TOP WILD IN GAME THREE TO STAY ALIVE

Cloquet, MN. – The Minnesota Wilderness, with their backs firmly pressed up against the wall, blanked the Wenatchee Wild 4-0 Sunday night at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena, in game three of the NAHL’s best-of-five Midwest Division semifinals to stay alive in the series.

The Wilderness opened the scoring late in the first period, on an unassisted goal by Jaycob McCombs. The goal, at 18:06, put Minnesota on top, 1-0.

Jakob Romo scored 45 seconds into the second; with the unassisted goal giving the Wilderness a 2-0 lead. Romo scored again, this time assisted by Thomas Lindstrom at 12:52, giving Minnesota a 3-0 advantage.

Michael Kovach scored unassisted into an empty net for the only goal of the third period at 19:24 and the Wilderness ended up winning by the count of 4-0. “No puck luck tonight” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “I thought we definitely carried most of the play, they just happened to score on the chances they got. When we made a mistake they made us pay for it, but we definitely had a lot of chances. Just need to find a way to get it past them. Looking forward to having it at our place on Friday.”

The Wild outshot Minnesota 24-22 on the night. Chase Perry (Andover, Minnesota) made 18 saves for Wenatchee; Kasimir Kaskisuo had 24 stops for the Wilderness. The Wild was 0-for-4 on the power play and 1-of-1 on the penalty kill.

Wenatchee now leads the best-of-five series, 2-1.

The series will shift to Wenatchee for games 4 and 5 (If necessary) on Friday and Saturday, April 11th and 12th with game time set for 7:05pm PDT both nights. Individual and group game tickets for all home playoff games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).

WILD 2.0 UPGRADE

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Seventh-seeded Connecticut and eighth-seeded Kentucky meet tonight (Monday) in the NCAA men's basketball championship game. Neither was around in last year's postseason -- Connecticut because of a tournament ban over academic issues; Kentucky because it didn't make the field.

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The Great Debate: Willy or Collaros?

Video: Head Coach Corey Chamblin on Mini Camp 2014.

Please visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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The first steel columns were set for the Empire State Building on this date in 1930.

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Tampa, FL. — Former Bears safety Major Wright signed a one-year deal with the Bucs on Friday, rejoining Head Coach Lovie Smith and returning to the state where he found both high school and college success.

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The combination of sandals and socks has long been seen as a major footwear faux pas. Last year 1,500 adults were polled on what they felt was the most egregious of all fashion offenses -- sandals with socks ranked No. 1. But according to the L.A. Times, sandals with socks is now a trend embraced by celebrities and fashion industry insiders.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Sunday's marquee pitching matchup between Alex Cobb and Yu Darvish was everything the Rays and Rangers expected. But a reflex reaction and one misplaced pitch by reliever Joel Peralta brought the Rays' three-game winning streak to a screeching halt in a 3-0 Texas win.

Read the rest here.

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Prohibition ended in the United States on this date in 1933.

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Los Angeles, CA. -- Though the Giants took two of three games from the Dodgers this weekend, they probably left Los Angeles just a trifle wary, particularly after losing Sunday night to L.A., 6-2.

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Tweets are limited to 140 characters so they can be consumed easily anywhere, even via mobile text messages. There's no magical length for a Tweet, but a recent report (by Buddy Media) revealed that Tweets shorter than 100 characters get a 17% higher engagement rate.

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


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Today in Elvis History

1962 - 
Elvis Presley arrived in Hawaii to shoot portions of the movie "Girls! Girls! Girls!".

1965 - The Elvis Presley movie "Girl Happy" premiered. The movie opened in the U.S. on April 14, 1965.

1970 - Colonel Parker concluded a deal with MGM.

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On this date in 1948, the musical "South Pacific" by Rogers and Hammerstein debuted on Broadway.

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Today in Beatles History:

2000 - 
Michael Abram attended a hearing for his attempt to murder George Harrison and his wife Olivia on December 30, 1999. Abram was ordered to appear for trial, but a date was not set.

2004 - A High Court judge ruled that a trademark battle between Apple Computer Inc. and Apple Corps Ltd. should be heard in London. The suit was filed by the Beatles' owned company and claimed that Apple Computer had violated a 1991 agreement concerning the exlcusive "field of use" of the Apple mark.   



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The last of New York City's electric trolleys completed its final run from Queens to Manhattan on this date in 1957.


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Today in Sports History:

1955 - Fort Wayne beat Syracuse 74-71. It was the lowest scoring NBA Playoff game since the introduction of the 24-second shot clock.

1959 - Bob Cousy (Boston Celtics) achieved 19 assists, to tie an NBA Playoff record, in a game against Minneapolis.

1963 - At the age of 23, Jack Nicklaus became the youngest golfer to win the Green Jacket at the Masters Tournament.

1969 - U.S. President Nixon threw out the first ball of the 1969 major league baseball season.

1985 - In Goteborg, Sweden, China swept all of the world table tennis titles except for men's doubles.

2001 - The New Jersey Devils ended a streak of 10 consecutive road wins to tie the NHL record.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned a huge $96.2 million across North American on its first weekend, easily setting a record for the month of April. Worldwide the film has pulled in $303 million.

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Fort Worth, TX. -- Catch up quickly before the Duck Commander 500 on Monday.

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On this date in 1970, John Wayne won his first and only Oscar for his role in "True Grit." He had been in over 200 films.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 4:35pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cincinnati Reds 7:10pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus Blue Jackets 7:30pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway 8:00pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Minnesota Wilderness 10:05pm EDT 

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

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cincinnati Reds 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Bojangle's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway 6:30pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Minnesota Wilderness 10:05pm EDT (If necessary)

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Cincinnati Reds 1:10pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals 3:00pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks 4:05pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach at Long Beach, California 4:40pm EDT

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

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