Monday, May 19, 2014

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


Today is May 19th, the 139th day of 2014. There are 226 days left in the year.


Blackhawks edge Kings, grab 1-0 series lead.

Canadiens' Price uncertain for Game 2 vs. Rangers.

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The New York Stock Exchange was founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers on this date in 1792.


Tampa, FL. -- In the first edition of the Sunday Extra Charge, Missy Zielinski explores why the best is yet to come for the Tampa Bay Lightning...

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Today's Birthdays: Peter Mayhew (Wookiee Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies) is 70; Rock Hall of Famer Pete Townshend (The Who) is 69; former football player and football dad Archie Manning is 65.


U.S. Men's National Team Tops Finland, 3-1,
at 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship
Tyler Johnson Nets Two Goals, Including Game Winner;
Team USA Ends Preliminary Round Tuesday Against Germany
MINSK, Belarus - Tyler Johnson (Spokane, Wash./Tampa Bay Lightning) scored  twice, Brock Nelson(Warroad, Minn./Univ. of North Dakota/N.Y. Islanders) had a single goal and goaltender Tim Thomas (Flint, Mich./Univ. of Vermont/Dallas Stars) turned in a 22-save effort to help the U.S. Men's National Team hold off Finland, 3-1, in its penultimate preliminary-round game at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship here today.

“I was really happy to see our guys compete the way they did tonight,” said Peter Laviolette, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team. “I thought it was our strongest game of the tournament. Defensively, we were fairly tight and we made the most of our chances offensively. We realize that it was an important game for both teams.”
Nelson's goal was scored on the first shift of the contest after the puck took an auspicious bounce off the glass. The play started when Seth Jones (Plano, Texas/Nashville Predators) fired the puck hard into the zone from center ice and Finland goaltender Pekka Rinne left his net to try and stop it. Before the puck got to Rinne, it deflected off a stanchion and right to Nelson at the doorstep, where he tapped it in to give the United States a 1-0 lead.
Both teams enjoyed limited offensive chances in the middle frame, thanks largely to sound defense at both ends and timely saves by Thomas and Rinne.
After a few big stops by Thomas in the early portion of the third period, Johnson scored from high in the zone at 6:42 to give Team USA a 2-0 advantage. Craig Smith (Madison, Wis./Univ. of Wisconsin/Nashville Predators) fed a pass in the neutral zone to Johnson, who walked to the middle of the ice just above the circles before threading a shot through a Finland defender and over Rinne's glove. Jones recorded his second assist of the game and seventh of the championship on the play.
The Finns broke through to make it a 2-1 game with 3:14 remaining in the third stanza when a shot from the top of the right circle bounced off a stick in front of Thomas and found its way to the back of the net. Johnson scored an empty-netter in the final minute to close out the U.S. win.
The U.S. Men's National Team (3-1-0-2) will conclude its preliminary-round schedule Tuesday (May 20) against Germany at 5:45 a.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.

NOTES: Tonight's box score, photos and more comments from Head Coach Peter Laviolette are availablehere ... Tyler Johnson was named Team USA's best player ... Seth Jones tallied multiple points for the third straight game. He had two assists tonight and leads Team USA with 2-7=9 totals in the tournament ... The U.S. improved to 21-1-2-27-8 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) all-time against Finland in the IIHF Men's World Championship ... Team USA's captain is Justin Abdelkader. The alternate captains are Craig Smith, Colin McDonald and Tim Stapleton ... Peter Laviolette is serving as head coach of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team for the third time (2004-bronze, 2005). The assistant coaches are Joe Sacco, Phil Housley and Don Granato ... For Team USA's roster, click here ... Twenty of the 25 members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... Seven of the 25 players are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Jimmy Hayes, Seth Jones, Jake McCabe, Peter Mueller, Connor Murphy, Drew Shore and Jacob Trouba ... Thirteen NHL teams are represented on the roster: Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets ... The staff and players of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members include Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks), Brian Burke (Calgary Flames), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia Flyers), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles Kings), David Poile (Nashville Predators), Ray Shero, Dale Tallon (Florida Panthers), and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh Penguins). Tom Kurvers (Tampa Bay Lightning) is also part of the advisory group for this year's championship ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams … Sixteen teams are competing at the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship, divided into two groups of eight. Teams will play a round-robin format among their group with the top four teams from each group advancing to quarterfinals … NBC Sports Network is televising and streaming all Team USA games in the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship.
Team USA 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship ScheduleMay 9-25 • Minsk, Belarus
DateOpponentVenueTime (Local/EDT)/ResultNBCSN Broadcast
Fri., May 9BelarusMinsk ArenaW, 6-1
Sat., May 10SwitzerlandMinsk ArenaW, 3-2
Mon., May 12RussiaMinsk ArenaL, 1-6
Thurs., May 15LatviaMinsk ArenaL, 5-6
Fri., May 16KazakhstanMinsk ArenaW, 4-3 OT
Sun., May 18FinlandMinsk ArenaW, 3-1
Tues., May 20GermanyMinsk Arena12:45 p.m./5:45 a.m.Live
Thurs., May 22QuarterfinalsTBDTBDtape delay
Sat., May 24SemifinalsMinsk Arena2:45 p.m./7:45 a.m.
6:45 p.m./11:45 a.m. 
tape delay
tape delay
Sun., May 25Bronze-Medal GameMinsk Arena4:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.tape delay
Gold-Medal GameMinsk Arena9:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.Live


French explorer Jacques Cartier set sail for North America on this date in 1535.


Buono on Glenn: He is not a backup quarterback.

All in the Family: Argos brothers enter dream scenario.

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On this date in 1643, delegates from four New England colonies met in Boston to form a confederation.


Tampa, FL. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have shaved the competition in their tight end corps.

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A new research study finds that people who make it to 100 are happier than people in their 60s and 70s. [Of course they are. They've outlived all their in-laws.]


Anaheim, CA. -- The seven-game road stretch ended Sunday in Anaheim as it began on Monday in Seattle, with a lopsided defeat.

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If you're a DirecTV customer, you're about to become and AT&T customer. AT&T is acquiring satellite TV provider DirecTV in a deal worth $48.5 billion. This will bring 20 million more U.S. television subscribers under AT&T's roof, making it the second biggest TV provider, behind Comcast. The deal is subject to regulatory approval.


San Francisco, CA. -- After going 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in his first four starts this season, Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong knew what he had to do.

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On this date in 1857, the electric fire alarm system was patented by William F. Channing and Moses G. Farmer.


Jimmy is at the front of the line to try batting.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as taking your son and his school class to the swimming pool, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1965 - 
Elvis Presley completed the studio sessions for the soundtrack to "Frankie and Johnny." 

1990 - The show "General Elvis" aired for the last time on ABC.


Adidas has announced plans to one-up Nike's PHOTOiD program by letting you print your Instagram photos directly on your shoes. You'll be able to do this beginning in August.


Today in Beatles History:

1967 - 
The Beatles entered into a business partnership with Beatles and Co. The company was later renamed Apple Music Limited and eventually named Apple Corps Limited. 

1969 - The Beatles single "Get Back" was certified gold by the RIAA. 

1973 - The retrospective album "The Beatles 1962-1967" hit #3 in the U.S. 

1979 - Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd were married. Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr attended the party and performed an impromptu set. 

1980 - In southwest London, Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach were in a car accident. They were not seriously hurt. 

1981 - John Lennon was posthumously awarded with the Outstanding Contribution to British Music award at the 26th annual Ivor Novello Awards. 

1998 - Sean Lennon's debut album "Into The Sun" was released.  

A man suspected of stealing a BMW from a Fairfield, Connecticut, convenience store parking lot was taken into custody when he returned to retrieve the Dodge Neon he left behind.


Today in Sports History:

1910 - Cy Young (Cleveland Indians) got his 500th win. 

1912 - American League president Ban Johnson told the Detroit Tigers that if they continued to protest Ty Cobb suspension they would be banned from baseball. 

1918 - The Washington Senators played their first Sunday game. They beat Cleveland 1-0 in 18 innings. 

1935 - The National Football League (NFL) adopted an annual college draft to begin in 1936. 

1942 - Paul Waner (Atlanta Braves) became the third National League player to get 3,000 hits. 

1962 - Stan Musial set the National League hit record when he got his 3,431st hit. 

1974 - The Philadelphia Flyers became the first post-'67 expansion team to win the Stanley Cup. The Flyers won the cup the following season as well. 

1984 - The Edmonton Oilers won their first Stanley Cup. They defeated the New York Islanders in five games. 

1988 - The Boston Red Sox retired Bobby Doerr's #1. 

1991 - Willy T. Ribbs became the first black driver to make the Indianapolis 500. 

1994 - Jennifer Capriati checked into a drug rehab center. 

2002 - Roger Clemens (New York Yankees) got his 287th win. He tied for 22nd place on the all-time victory list.


The weekend before the X-Men time travel into theaters, Godzilla tore up the box office chart with a $93 million debut. Godzilla currently has the second biggest opening weekend of 2014 behind the $95 million opening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and ahead of the $91 million debut of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

... A sequel has already been announced.


NEWTON, Iowa — Sam Hornish Jr.'s NASCAR Nationwide Series countdown at Iowa Speedway nearly followed a perfect path.

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Dolly Parton is selling her West Hollywood hideaway. The 1,091 square foot home has two bedrooms and two baths with an asking price of $1.4 million.


CONCORD, N.C. -- Streaking away from an intense battle with polesitter Carl Edwards to open the final 10-lap segment Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jamie McMurray won the Sprint All-Star Race -- and the million-dollar-plus prize that goes with the victory -- for the first time in his career.

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Canada and the U.S. formally established the North American Air Defense Command on this date in 1958.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 4:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Minnesota Twins 10:15pm

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 2:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Minnesota Twins 10:05pm

Sunday --

Verizon Indy Car Series -- Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Minnesota Twins 4:05pm

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 6:00pm EDT


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

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