Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations












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

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Today is April 14th, the 104th day of 2014. There are 261 days left in the year.

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2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 schedule.

Devils' Brodeur exits to cheers, unsure of future.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Country Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn is 82; Former baseball player/coach Pete Rose is 73; Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) is 54; Anthony Michael Hall (The Breakfast Club, The Dead Zone) is 46; Abigail Breslin (Zombieland, Little Miss Sunshine) is 18.

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Washington, DC. -- Anders Lindback picked up his third win this week in a 1-0 shootout success versus the Washington Capitals Sunday at Verizon Center to help the Tampa Bay Lightning secure home ice advantage in the First Round of the playoffs.

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The first abolitionist society in U.S. was organized in Philadelphia with Ben Franklin as president on this date in 1775.

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Wenatchee, WA. – Omar Mullan (Dearborn, Michigan) fired home a goal late in overtime to send the Wenatchee Wild past the Minnesota Wilderness 1-0, in the fifth and deciding game of the NAHL’s Midwest Division semifinals, in front of 1,680 at the Town Toyota Center.

There was no scoring in the first period, but the Wild did have the better scoring chances and outshot Minnesota 10-8.

Just like the first, there was no scoring in the second period, with both teams having solid scoring chances. Shots in the period were 16-10 in favor of the Wilderness.

In the third period, both teams had tremendous chances but neither could dent the twine. Wenatchee outshot Minnesota in the third 17-12, to take a 37-36 shots advantage through 60 minutes.

In the overtime, the two teams battled up and down the ice, both getting good opportunities to score. Then, late in the extra session, Mullan fired home a crossing pass from the right circle, sending the Wild on to the Midwest Division finals. River Rymsha (Huntington Woods, Michigan) and Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) drew the assists at 18:41, giving Wenatchee the 1-0 win. “That’s an exciting one” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “Awful proud of the effort of all our boys. Winning game five and winning it in overtime is awful special, the kids will remember that their whole life.” On the play of his goaltender, Littler said “We told Chase Perry (Andover, Minnesota) last night he was going to have to outplay their goaltender and you know what? Those two kids put on a show. That’s as good of goaltending I’ve seen in a long time in junior hockey.” On the game-winning goal, Littler said “It was nice the game-winner, a wily veteran like Omar Mullan sighted a hole that was open, he knows what to do with it when he has the puck. Overall, awful excited for our players.”

The Wild outshot the Wilderness 54-48. Perry made 48 saves, Kasimir Kaskisuo had 53 saves for Minnesota. Wenatchee went 0-for-4 on the power play and 3-of-3 on the penalty kill.

The Wild win the series, 3-2.

Wenatchee will now face the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the Midwest Division finals, with the series starting next weekend in Fairbanks. 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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The first edition of Noah Webster's dictionary was published under the name "American Dictionary of the English Language" on this date in 1828.

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Report: Hage set to announce retirement.

Giving a Look: Als to work out Chad Johnson.

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

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Tax day is Tuesday. [It's Americans' least favorite day of the year, right after National Vegetable Day.]

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Tampa, FL. — Taking advantage of an NFL rule that allows teams to schedule workouts with draft prospects who played high school or college ball in their metro areas, the Bucs looked at 26 players from 11 schools Friday

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Cincinnati, OH. -- The meatloaf still tasted good to Joe Maddon on Sunday. Even though the Rays took a 12-4 loss to the Reds, they claimed the three-game series.

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If you're aiming to live in the present, you'll want to restrict yourself to the last 15 seconds -- because that's how long we perceive the current moment. A group of US researchers say it's not just a split second: Instead, our minds seem to blur together what's happening right now with what's happened over that brief period.

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San Francisco, CA. -- The Giants nearly added a "splash hit" home run to their all-time total in Sunday's sixth inning at AT&T Park, but Pablo Sandoval's prodigous drive struck a flagpole and caromed into the seats.

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The first Pony Express rider arrived in San Francisco with mail originating in St. Joseph, MO on this date in 1860.

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Jimmy and Flipper enjoy more of the parade.


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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as anticipating your favorite team's opening round playoff series, isn't it?


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Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
Elvis Presley recorded the song "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You".

1965 - The Elvis Presley movie "Girl Happy" opened in the U.S.

1969 - Elvis Presley's single "In The Ghetto" was released.

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On this date in 1902, James Cash (J.C.) Penney opened his first retail store in Kemmerer, WY. It was called the Golden Rule Store.


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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
In Richmond, England, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones met for the first time at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. The Rolling Stones opened the show.

1964 - In London, at the Scala Theatre, the Beatles filmed outside shots for their forthcoming movie "A Hard Day's Night".

1997 - Ringo Starr debuted as the host of the VH1 program "Classic Albums." 
  
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The Atlantic passenger liner Titanic, on its maiden voyage hit an iceberg and began to sink on this date in 1912. 1,517 people lost their lives and more than 700 survived.


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Today in Sports History:

1925 - WGN became the first radio station to broadcast a regular season major league baseball game. The Cubs beat the Pirates 8-2. 

1962 - Elgin Baylor (Los Angeles Lakers) scored 61 points in Game 5 against the Boston Celtics to set an NBA Finals record.

1969 - For the first time, a major league baseball game was played in Montreal, Canada.

1990 - Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles began a streak of 95 errorless games and 431 total chances by a shortstop.

1996 - The Detroit Red Wings won their 62nd game of the season.

1997 - Allen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers) scored 40 or more points in his fifth consecutive game.

1999 - Jose Canseco (Tampa Bay) became the 28th player to hit 400 career home runs. He was also the first non-United States born player to hit 400 runs.

2002 - Tiger Woods became the third player to win back-to-back Masters titles. It was the third Masters title of his career.

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In Pennsylvania, a man will have to face charges for allegedly stripping naked and causing a ruckus when told he was too late to buy lottery tickets. Police say he then tried to rob a store across the street and was chased out by employees, into the arms of arriving police officers.

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DARLINGTON, S.C. -- The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has been one of feast or famine for Kevin Harvick—and on Saturday night at Darlington Raceway, Harvick enjoyed the delectable taste of victory.

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Over the weekend Captain America: The Winter Soldier took in $41.4 million domestically and $60.6 million overseas. The strong second-week performance was enough to narrowly edge Rio 2.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 12:35pm EDT

NHL Playoffs -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

NHL Playoffs -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 8:40pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:10pm EDT

NHL Playoffs -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EDT

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

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