Saturday, November 8, 2014

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Today is November 8th, the 311th day of 2014. There are 54 days left in the year.

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Around the League notebook for Friday, Nov. 7.

Red Wings goalie Gustavsson out two months.

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

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Edmond Halley was born on this date in 1656. Halley, an astronomer-mathmatician, was the first to calculate the orbit that was named after him. The comet makes an appearance every 76 years.

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Tampa, FL. -- So far, the Tampa Bay Lightning are among the best teams in the Eastern Conference, while injuries are a big reason why the Columbus Blue Jackets are a long way from that.

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The Louvre Museum, in Paris, opened to the public for the first time on this date in 1793.

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U.S. National Under-18 Team Cruises Past Finland, 8-1,
at 2014 Four Nations Tournament
Bracco Records Five-Point Game, Including Four Assists
SUNDSVALL, Sweden - Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y.) recorded five points, including four assists, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team cruised past Finland, 8-1, here this evening at Anashallen Arena. The game was the first of three for Team USA at the 2014 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament.
The lone goal of the first frame came when Bracco attempted a centering pass from the right corner. The feed was blocked but ricocheted to Grant Gabriele (Brighton, Mich.) who teed up the puck and launched a slapshot past Veini Vehvilainen.
Brendan Warren (Carleton, Mich.) doubled the U.S. lead at 4:31 while skating on a 5-on-3. From the bottom of the left face-off circle, Bracco found Warren far-side for the easy tap in. AustonMatthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.) also assisted. Less than two minutes later, Team USA intercepted a Finnish pass and broke out towards center. Warren would collect the puck and drop it back to TroyTerry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) for the score. Finland would net a shorthanded goal at 8:25, but the U.S. answered at 9:55 on the power play. Bracco found Charles McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y.) to the side of the net and McAvoy knocked it past Vehvilainen. Colin White (Hanover, Mass.) also registered an assist on the play. In a similar play to Team USA's second and fourth tallies, Bracco set up Luke Kunin (Chesterfield, Mo.) for a goal at 13:30. White again earned the secondary assist.
Bracco picked up a goal at 7:04 of the final frame to earn his fifth point on the evening. Kunin made a shovel pass to Bracco from the slot to help set up the play. White also collected an assist on Bracco's score, his third of the contest. Jack Roslovic (Columbus, Ohio) then hit Matthews, who was left alone in the slot, with a pass from the left corner. Matthews' wrister made it 7-1 in favor of Team USA. Matthew Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo.) earned the secondary assist. Warren closed out the scoring for the U.S. taking a feed from Terry behind the net. The power-play marker was also assisted on by Michael Floodstrand (Hinsdale, Ill.).
Michael Lackey (Washington, D.C.) made the start today for Team USA, stopping 18 of 19 shots against. Vehvilainen turned aside 43 shots for Finland between the pipes.
The U.S. National Under-18 Team will resume tournament action tomorrow (Nov. 8) at 8 a.m. EST. The game will be held at Energi Arena in Sundsvall and can be seen live here on a pay-per-view basis.
Notes: Team USA outshot Finland, 51-19 ... The U.S. went 3-6 on the power play while Finland went 0-5 ... Follow @USANTDP and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for tournament updates and join the conversation on social media by using #4NationsU18 ... The roster is made up entirely of members of the 2014-15 U.S. National Under-18 Team, part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program based in Ann Arbor, Michigan ... The U.S. squad is competing against teams from Finland, Sweden and Switzerland in the round-robin tournament ... The United States has won six of the last seven Under-18 Four Nations Tournaments, including the 2012 event, which was played at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube, home of the NTDP ... Don Granato (Downers Grove, Ill.) leads the U.S. National Under-18 Team for the second time in the event, having previously coached the U.S. to a first-place finish in 2012. Joining Granato on the bench will be assistant coach Nick Fohr (Grand Forks, N.D.).
Team USA Schedule - 2014 Under-18 Four Nations TournamentNov. 5-9 | Sundsvall, Sweden
DateOpponentLocationTime / Result
Fri., Nov. 7FinlandEnergi ArenaW, 8-1
Sat., Nov. 8SwitzerlandEnergi Arena8:00 a.m. EST
Sun., Nov. 9SwedenEnergi Arena8:30 a.m. EST


U.S. National Under-17 Team Upends Sweden, 4-1,
at 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge 
Team USA Advances to Championship Game with Victory
SARNIA, Ont. - Four different players scored and goaltender Joseph Woll (Dardenne Prairie, Mo.) made 17 saves to help the U.S. National Under-17 Team upend Sweden, 4-1, tonight in the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge semifinals at the RBC Centre. Team USA advances to face the winner of Finland / Russia in the title game.
Team Sweden opened the scoring midway through the first, but the U.S. answered at 14:30 to knot the score, 1-1, after 20 minutes of play. Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane, Wash.) notched the tally when he moved to the slot in the offensive zone, took a pass from Patrick Khodorenko (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and one-timed the puck into the top corner of the net. Nick Pastujov (Bradenton, Fla.) also recorded an assist on the play.
The United States doubled its lead midway through the second stanza on a goal by Joey Anderson(Roseville, Minn.). After battling low in the zone, Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) fed Anderson a perfect pass up the middle of the ice. Anderson quickly sent a shot into the back of the net for the score.
Luke Martin (St. Louis, Mo.) and Max Jones (Rochester, Mich.) scored third-period goals, both with the man advantage, to seal the victory for the U.S. While up a skater, Martin crashed the net and knocked in a rebound. Jones and Keller collected assists on the play. Just two minutes later, Jones took a pass from Keller, turned to his forehand and flipped the puck past the Swedish netminder Filip Gustavsson. Chad Krys (Ridgefield, Conn.) registered the secondary assist.
The victory puts the U.S. in the tournament's championship game tomorrow (Nov. 8) against either Finland or Russia. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. EST at the RBC Centre in Sarnia, Ont.
Notes: Clayton Keller was named U.S. Player of the Game ... Team USA outshot Sweden, 37-17 ... The U.S. went 2-5 on the power play while Sweden was 0-4 with the man advantage ... The championship contest will be broadcast live on TSN ... The 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge includes two groups of four teams. Group A features Canada Black, Canada White, Finland and Russia, while Group B includes Canada Red, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States ... Follow@USANTDP or @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for tournament updates and join the conversation on social media by using #WU172014 ... Danton Cole (Pontiac, Mich.) leads the U.S. National Under-17 Team for the third time in this tournament, having previously coached the U.S. to a second-place finish in 2011 and a third-place showing in 2013.
Team USA Schedule - 2014 World Under-17 Hockey ChallengeNov. 2-8 | Sarnia and Lambton Shores, Ontario
DateOpponentLocationTime / Result
Fri., Oct. 31Canada WhiteSarnia, Ont.W, 6-0
Sun., Nov. 2SwedenLambton Shores, Ont.W, 6-3
Mon., Nov. 3SlovakiaLambton Shores, Ont.W, 7-1
Tues., Nov. 4Canada RedLambton Shores, Ont.W, 7-3
Thurs., Nov. 6Canada Black - QFLambton Shores, Ont.W, 4-1
Fri., Nov. 7Sweden - SemifinalSarnia, Ont.W, 4-1
Sat., Nov. 8Championship GameSarnia, Ont.7:30 p.m. ET


Four Nations: USA Beats Sweden, 3-0, in Final Prelim Game
Team USA Will Play in Championship Game Set for Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. ET
KAMLOOPS, B.C. The U.S. Women’s National Team blanked Sweden, 3-0, in its final preliminary game of the 2014 Four Nations Cup. Team USA amassed a 50-to-11 shot advantage over Sweden, and U.S. goaltender Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle (Sheffield Village, Ohio) was perfect, stopping all 11 shots, en route to victory.
For a complete recap and boxscore, please click here.
With today’s win, Team USA clinched a spot in the championship matchup tomorrow (Nov. 8) against either Canada or Finland, who play later tonight. Puck drop for tomorrow’s title contest is set for 10 p.m. ET and can been seen live on FASTHockey.com.


U.S. National Under-18 Team Bests Switzerland, 7-1,
at 2014 Four Nations Tournament
Roslovic Nets Three Goals; Matthews Earns Three Assists
SUNDSVALL, Sweden - Jack Roslovic (Columbus, Ohio) netted three goals and Auston Matthews(Scottsdale, Ariz.) earned three assists as the U.S. National Under-18 Team bested Switzerland, 7-1, here today at Energi Arena. With the victory, Team USA improves to 2-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) at the 2014 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament.
The United States put Switzerland on notice 5:53 into the opening frame. Matthews circled with the puck, keeping away from defenders and drawing attention before flipping it to an open Roslovic in slot for score. Less than two minutes later, Team USA struck on the power play. Cycling the puck at the top of the zone, Matthews fired a shot that was redirected into the net by Roslovic. Joseph Masonius (Spring Lake, N.J.) also assisted. The U.S. went up 3-0 when Grant Gabriele (Brighton, Mich.) found Roslovic with a cross-ice pass and Roslovic one-timed it into the cage. Matthews collected the secondary assist. Christian Fischer (Wayne, Ill.) pushed the Team USA lead to four, wrapping around the net and sneaking the puck past Swiss netminder Matteo Ritz at 14:08.Jordan Greenway (Potsdam, N.Y.) helped set up the play and earned an assist. Michael Floodstrand (Hinsdale, Ill.) followed up a Troy Terry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) chance and knocked a rebound in with seven seconds remaining in the period for the fifth U.S. tally.
Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y.) connected with Colin White (Hanover, Mass.) on the power play at 5:44 of the second stanza to make it 6-0 in favor of the United States. Luke Kunin(Chesterfield, Mo.) also assisted. Switzerland found the board in the closing minutes of the middle period to inch closer to Team USA, 6-1.
White potted the lone goal of the final frame, sending a shot past Ritz at 8:58. Bracco skated down the right side and found a streaking White in the slot for the tally. Steven Ruggiero (Kings Park, N.Y.) also assisted.
Luke Opilka (St. Louis, Mo.) turned aside 26 shots in the win for the U.S., while Ritz kicked out 28 shots in the loss for Switzerland.
The U.S. National Under-18 Team will close out tournament play tomorrow (Nov. 9) against Sweden. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. EST at Energi Arena and can be seen live here on a pay-per-view basis.
Notes: Team USA outshot Switzerland, 35-27 ... The U.S. went 2-6 on the power play while Switzerland went 0-5 ... Follow @USANTDP and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for tournament updates and join the conversation on social media by using #4NationsU18 ... The roster is made up entirely of members of the 2014-15 U.S. National Under-18 Team, part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program based in Ann Arbor, Michigan ... The U.S. squad is competing against teams from Finland, Sweden and Switzerland in the round-robin tournament ... The United States has won six of the last seven Under-18 Four Nations Tournaments, including the 2012 event, which was played at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube, home of the NTDP ... Don Granato (Downers Grove, Ill.) leads the U.S. National Under-18 Team for the second time in the event, having previously coached the U.S. to a first-place finish in 2012. Joining Granato on the bench will be assistant coachNick Fohr (Grand Forks, N.D.).
Team USA Schedule - 2014 Under-18 Four Nations TournamentNov. 5-9 | Sundsvall, Sweden
DateOpponentLocationTime / Result
Fri., Nov. 7FinlandEnergi ArenaW, 8-1
Sat., Nov. 8SwitzerlandEnergi ArenaW, 7-1
Sun., Nov. 9SwedenEnergi Arena8:30 a.m. EST

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The "Corps of Discovery" reached the Pacific Ocean on this date in 1805. The expedition was lead by William Clark and Meriwether Lewis. The journey had begun on May 14, 1804, with the goal of exploring the Louisiana Purchase territory.

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Regina, SK. -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-8) will look to end a five game skid as they close out the regular season versus the second place Edmonton Eskimos (12-5) in week 20 CFL action.

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After a week 19 bye for the 9-8 Riders comes a week 20 home game against the 12-5 Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday, November 8th, which wraps up the regular season schedule. Game time at Regina's Mosaic Stadium is 7:00pm EST. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN3.com. Calgary next hosts Winnipeg on Saturday, November 1st.

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French actress Sarah Bernhardt made her American stage debut in "Adrienne Lecouvreur" in New York City on this date in 1880.

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Stamps carry momentum into West playoffs.

Staying Alive: With win, Argos playoff hopes continue.

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COMING UP - Veteran’s Day: November 11. Great American Smokeout: November 20. Thanksgiving: November 27.

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Tampa, FL. -- The woeful Tampa Bay Buccaneers are turning back to Josh McCown to try to spark the NFC's worst offense.

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Montana became the 41st U.S. state on this date in 1889.

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Corvallis, OR. -- Beavers face Cougars Saturday at Reser.

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Wilhelm Roentgen while experimenting with electricity discovered the scientific principle involved and took the first X-ray pictures on this date in 1895.

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It's Daddy and Jimmy with Flipper.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as the Beavers and Riders playing on the same day, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1948 - 
Elvis Presley was enrolled in the eighth grade at Humes High School in Memphis, TN. 

1957 - The Elvis Presley film "Jailhouse Rock" was released in the U.S. 

1958 - The Elvis Presley albums "King Creole" and "Elvis' Golden Records" hit #3 and #4 in the U.K. 

1962 - Elvis Presley's father and Memphis Mayor Loeb visted Elvis on the set of "It Happened at the World's Fair". At the meeting the mayor accepted Elvis's annual donation of $50,000 to Memphis charities.

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The Civil Works Administration was created by executive order by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt on this date in 1933. The organization was designed to create jobs for more than 4 million unemployed people in the U.S.

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Today in Beatles History:

1967 - 
John Lennon's "How I Won the War" opened in the U.S. It was the first solo movie by a Beatle. 

1968 - Cynthia Powell Lennon was granted a divorce from John Lennon. The two had been married for six years. 

1989 - It was reported that all outstanding lawsuits between the Beatles, Apple and EMI/Capitol were resolved.

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After turning down 18,000 names, the Ford Motor Company decided, on this date in 1956, to name their new car the "Edsel," after Henry Ford's only son.

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Today in Sports History:

1942 - 
Parker Hall (Cleveland Rams) threw seven interceptions against the Green Bay Packers. 

1951 - Yogi Berra (New York Yankees) won his first MVP award. He went on to win 2 more in his career. 

1954 - The American League approved the transfer of the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team to Kansas City, MO. 

1959 - Elgin Baylor (Minneapolis Lakers) scored 64 points and set a National Basketball Association scoring record. 

1963 - Maple Leaf Gardens became the first NHL arena to install separate penalty box doors for each team. 

1966 - U.S. President Johnson signed an anti-immunity for the AFL-NFL merger. 

1970 - Tom Dempsey (New Orleans Saints) set an NFL record when he kicked a 63-yard field goal against the Detroit Lions. The record stood until October 25, 1998, when Jason Elam (Denver Broncos) tied the record. 

1981 - Don Shula, coach of the Miami Dolphins, recorded his 200th NFL victory. 

1981 - ESPN covered a NASCAR race from flag-to-flag for the first time. 

1990 - Darryl Strawberry signed a five-year contract with the Dodgers. He went to the Mets after 8 years and gaining 252 home runs. 

1991 - Magic Johnson appeared on "The Arsenio Hall Show." It was his first appearance after announcing that he was HIV positive. 

1997 - Nevada's John Dutton threw for 557 yards and five touchdowns in a victory over Boise State. 

1998 - Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys) became the all-time rushing leader for the Cowboys. He also passed 12,000 career yards in the NFL.

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The soap opera "Days of Our Lives" debuted on NBC-TV on this date in 1965.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

USPHL Empire and Elite Hockey -- At USPHL Boston Showcase Times TBA

Nascar Nationwide Series -- DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans at Phoenix International Raceway 2:00pm EST

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Washington State Cougars 4:00pm EST

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Edmonton Eskimos 7:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Empire and Elite Hockey -- At USPHL Boston Showcase Times TBA

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons 1:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway 3:00pm EST (Final race of Eliminator Round)

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings 6:00pm EST

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks 8:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks 7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Ford Ecoboost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway 4:30pm EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Junior Blades 5:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders 7:00pm EST

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Arizona State Sun Devils 10:45pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins 1:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway 3:00pm EST

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

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