Monday, November 3, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations












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

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Today is November 3rd, the 306th day of 2014. There are 59 days left in the year.

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Bruins sign coach Julien to contract extension.

Around the League notebook for Sunday, Nov. 2.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Roseanne Barr is 62. Dennis Miller is 61. Elizabeth Smart (kidnap victim, author, ABC News contrib) is 27. Model and actress Gemma Ward is 27.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to pile up wins at home. Saturday, the Washington Capitals were the latest victim, falling 4-3. Since getting blown out in Minnesota, the Lightning have won three consecutive games, scoring 15 goals in the process, and have moved into a tie with Montreal for most points (17) in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1507, Leonardo DaVinci was commissioned by the husband of Lisa Gherardini to paint her. The work is known as the Mona Lisa.

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U.S. National Under-17 Team Defeats Sweden, 6-3, in First
Game at 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge 
Pastujov Records Three-Point Game in Victory
LAMBTON SHORES, Ont. - Nick Pastujov (Bradenton, Fla.) scored one goal and added two assists as the U.S. National Under-17 Team defeated Sweden, 6-3, here today at The Shores Recreation Centre. The game was the first of three preliminary-round contests for Team USA at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
The U.S. opened the scoring at the 6:45 mark of the first frame when Keeghan Howdeshell(Brighton, Mich.) took the puck away from a Swedish skater in the offensive zone. Howdeshell fired a shot far side and past Gusten Lundh, giving Team USA a 1-0 advantage. Max Jones (Rochester, Mich.) doubled the U.S. lead with time winding down in the period, knocking a rebound into the cage. Patrick Khodorenko (Walnut Creek, Calif.) created the chance, breaking in alone and deking before being stopped by Lundh.
Sweden notched three straight markers in the second stanza to go up over Team USA, 3-2. The first goal, a power-play strike, came off a rebound at 3:57. Sweden scored two-minutes later and struck once more at 12:36 to grab the lead. Off the next face off, Riley Tufte (Ham Lake, Minn.) took the puck behind the net and flipped it back out front to Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo.). Frederic beat Lundh to deadlock the score at three. Team USA reclaimed the lead at 15:39 as Khodorenko launched a quick wrister into the net. Ryan Lindgren (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Pastujov earned helpers on the play.
With less than six minutes remaining in the contest, Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) gave the Americans a two-goal cushion. Skating along the left sideboards, Keller worked his way around the net and back out to the top of the face-off circle. Keller fired a shot through traffic and past Lundh. Pastujov earned the lone assist and would later add an empty-net goal to seal the victory for Team USA.
Joseph Woll (Dardenne Prairie, Mo.) started in net for Team USA and made 22 saves. Lundh got the nod for Sweden between the pipes and kicked out 28 shots.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team will face Slovakia tomorrow (Nov. 3) at The Shores Recreation Centre. Puck drop is slated for 3 p.m. EST.
Notes: Max Jones was named U.S. Player of the Game ... Team USA outshot Sweden, 34-25 ... The U.S. went 1-5 on the power play while Sweden was 1-4 with the man advantage ... The preliminary round and quarterfinals will be streamed live on FASTHockey.com and the official tournament website, which can be found here ... The semifinals, third-place game and 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 @USAHockeyScoreson 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.3:00 p.m. ET
Tues., Nov. 4Canada RedLambton Shores, Ont.7:00 p.m. ET
Thurs., Nov. 6QuarterfinalsTBATBA
Fri., Nov. 7SemifinalsSarnia, Ont.TBA
Sat., Nov. 8Third-Place GameSarnia, Ont.3:30 p.m. ET
Championship GameSarnia, Ont.7:30 p.m. ET

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The Reverend John Eliot arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony on this date in 1631. He was the first Protestant minister to dedicate himself to the conversion of Native Americans to Christianity.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors Empire and Elite teams hosted the Palm Beach Hawks at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex this past weekend. On Saturday, the Empire game went to Tampa Bay by a score of 7-6 over the Hawks.  Michael Demicelli had 3 goals and 2 assists for the Juniors, Benoit Chin 2 goals and 2 assists, Stephen Noyes a goal and an assist, Jonathan Grodzki a goal and Peter Lopez 4 assists. Sam Coleman made 44 saves for Tampa Bay, which went 2-for-3 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill.

Also on Saturday, the Elite team lost to Palm Beach by a score of 6-5. Brandon Goudreau had 2 goals and 3 assists, Jack Stang 2 goals and 2 assists  and Jared Goudreau a goal and 2 assists. Michael Krch made 31 saves for Tampa Bay, which went 0-for-2 with a short handed goal against on the power play and 6-for-10 with a shorthanded goal on the penalty kill.

On Sunday, the Empire Juniors topped the Hawks 4-2. Michael Demicelli scored twice, Benoit Chin added a goal and an assist, Tyler Camposano scored once and Tanner Frankich chipped in with 3 assists. Zac Gazzana made 32 saves for Tampa Bay, which went 2-for-7 on the power play and 2-for-4 with a shorthanded goal on the penalty kill.

Also on Sunday, the Elite Juniors lost to Palm Beach in a shootout, 7-6. Jack Stang had 2 goals and 3 assists plus a shootout goal, Lukas Freeland and Brandon Gourdreau a goal and an assist each, Christopher Astrom and Brock Thompson a goal apiece and Jared Goudreau added 6 assists. Nick Levesque made 27 saves for Tampa Bay, which went 1-for-2 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill. 

Next weekend, both the Empire and Elite teams play in the USPHL Boston Showcase. Check USPHL.com or Tampajr.com for the complete schedule. All games are available on Fasthockey.com.

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Stephen F. Austin was born on this date in 1793. He was the principal founder of Texas.

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After a week 19 bye for the 9-8 Riders is 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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Traffic came to a stop on a Maryland highway when the doors of an armored truck came open, and money began raining down on commuters. [That was the easiest money you could ever lay your hands on unless, of course, you happen to be a Kardashian.]

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CFL Replay: A look back at Week 19.

Elimimian sets new single-season tackles record.

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

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COMING UP - Veteran’s Day: November 11.

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Tampa, FL. -- Despite seeing significant improvements in the ground game and on defense, the Buccaneers lost a tight 22-17 decision to the Browns, failing to capitalize on a big day by rookie WR Mike Evans.

Read the rest here.

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Tightrope walker Nick Wallenda was scheduled to make a no-harness, no-net walk in Chicago Sunday night. Find out how he did.

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Corvallis, OR. -- Quarterback Sean Mannion set the Pac-12 Conference’s career passing yardage record on Saturday night but California downed the Beavers 45-31 before a Homecoming crowd of 42,479 at Reser Stadium.

Read the rest here.

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One woman took her 84th birthday celebration to new heights. Dodie Bruening of Irmo, South Carolina, went skydiving last week. Skydiving has been on the top of Bruening’s bucket list since she was a child. She was all geared up to go for her 80th birthday when an accident kept her from checking the item off her list.

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San Francisco, CA. -- The offseason promises to be as challenging as the postseason was for the Giants.

Read the rest here.

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Picking out a quality wine is tough. You can use an app or a list, but in a pinch, try judging the quality of the label. The food site The Savory says that a cheap label on the outside may mean inferior wine on the inside. The Savory says: “If a producer has opted to print on noticeably cheap paper you can be fairly certain that corners might well have been cut in other areas too.”


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

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - 
Elvis Presley's single "Love Me Tender" stayed at #1 in the U.S. for a second week. 

1957 - Elvis Presley had eight singles in the U.K. Top 30. The songs were "Party" (3), "Teddy Bear" (11), "All Shook Up" (17), "Got a Lot of Livin' to Do" (19), "Trying to Get to You" (21), "Loving You" (24), "Paralyzed" (26) and "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" (30).

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On Saturday a guy in Australia decided to board the carcass of a dead whale that had been floating in the water for several weeks. He was filmed “surfing” it for fun — until he noticed that the waters all around him were spotted with hungry sharks. His friends, who had dared this guy to do it, came to his rescue with their nearby boat.

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Today in Beatles History:

1984 - 
The soundtrack "Give My Regards To Broad Street" hit #1 in Britain. Paul McCartney starred in the film that was described as a "musical fantasy drama." The soundtrack contained re-recordings of Beatles tracks and McCartney hits.

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Sputnik II was launched by the Soviet Union on this date in 1957. It was the second manmade satellite to be put into orbit and was the first to put an animal into space, a dog named Laika.

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Today in Sports History:

1929 - 
Providence became the first NFL team to host a game at night under floodlights. The game was against the Cardinals. 

1948 - Gordie Howe (Detroit Redwings) made the first of his record 21 All-Star appearances. 

1953 - The Rules Committee of organized baseball restored the sacrifice fly. The rule had not been used since 1939. 

1972 - Joe Namath was featured on the cover of LIFE magazine. 

1989 - The Minnesota Timberwolves played their first NBA game. They lost to Seattle 106-94. 

1989 - Lou Piniella was named the manager of the Reds. He replaced the banned Pete Rose. 

1993 - Greg Maddux (Atlanta Braves) became the first player to win back-to-back Cy Young Awards on different teams. 

1993 - Ken Daneyko (New Jersey Devils) set a record when he played in his 322nd consecutive game. 

1995 - The FleetCenter, Rose Garden and the Skydome hosted their first NBA games. 

1996 - Jerry Rice (San Francisco 49ers) became the first NFL player to catch 1,000 career receptions. 

1998 - Minnesota elected Jesse "The Body" Ventura, a former pro wrestler, as its governor.

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The U.S. launched the Mariner 10 spacecraft on this date in 1973. On March 29, 1974 it became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury.

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FORT WORTH, Tex. -- Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage may need a broom as well as a pair of six-guns in Victory Lane on Sunday, after Kyle Busch completed the second leg of a possible sweep by winning Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.

Read the rest here.

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"Good Morning America" premiered on ABC-TV on this date in 1975.

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- It happens every fall, at least in recent years.

Read the rest here.

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Carol Moseley-Braun became the first African-American woman U.S. senator on this date in 1992.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Calgary Flames 7:30pm EST

Friday --

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

Saturday --

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

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

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