Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is January 12th, the 12th day of 2015. There are 353 days left in the year.


Anaheim Ducks retire Teemu Selanne's No. 8.

Gordie Howe's health continues to improve: report.

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Today's Birthdays: Kirstie Alley is 64. Oliver Platt is 55. founder Jeff Bezos is 51. Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls) is 41.


Tampa, FL. -- For the fifth time in six All-Star Games, the Tampa Bay Lightning will have two All-Star representatives.

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On this date in 1773, the first public museum in America was established in Charleston, SC.


Team USA Blanks Czech Republic, 5-0, Securing Spot in Gold-Medal Game Versus Canada at IIHF U18 Women's Worlds
U.S. Faces Rival Canada at 7 p.m. ET Tomorrow for Fourth Consecutive Year
BUFFALO, New York — Rebecca Gilmore (Wayland, Mass./Assabet Valley) and Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn./Shattuck-St. Mary’s) each had four points to lead the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team to a 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic in its semifinal match-up of the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship. Team USA will face rival Canada in the gold-medal game at 7 p.m. ET tomorrow (Jan. 12) at HARBORCENTER.
“We had another strong effort tonight, and I’m very proud of our team as we head into the gold-medal game,” said Joel Johnson, head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women’s National Team.“All along we’ve talked about team chemistry and sticking to our systems, and we’re pleased with the results. Tomorrow will be a great match-up and it’s going to be a fun environment.”
For complete recap and box score, click here.
U.S. goaltenders Kaitlin Burt (Lynn, Mass./Boston College) and Brittany Bugalski (Lake Worth, Fla./Assabet Valley) combined to stop all 11 Czech shots for the shutout.
NotesRebecca Gilmore was named U.S. Player of the Game … Gilmore (2-2—4) and Melissa Samoskevich (2-2—4) tallied four points each in tonight’s contest … Team USA outshot Czech Republic 66-11 … Both U.S. goaltenders Kaitlin Burt (40:00, 9 SVS) and Brittany Bugalski (20:00, 2 SVS) saw action in tonight’s game … Samoskevich (6-2—8) and Gilmore (2-6—8) are two and three in tournament scoring. Jincy Dunne (1-5—6) leads all defensemen in scoring … Keep up with the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team by visiting Follow@USAHockeyScores for live in-game updates, join the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship conversation on Twitter using #U18WWC.


TV TONIGHT: 2015 COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - Ohio State and Oregon battle for the National Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (8:30p ET, ESPN)


The Tampa Bay Juniors Empire and Elite teams took part in the USPHL's New England Winter Showcase this past weekend. On Friday, January 9th, the Empire Juniors topped the Junior Bruins 2-0. Michael Demiceli and Mason Ledbetter scored goals, while Sam Coleman made 31 saves. Tampa Bay was 1-for-2 on the power play and 3-of-3 on the penalty kill.

In their second game of the day, the Empire Juniors beat the P.A.L. Junior Islanders 6-2. Michael Demicelli scored 3 goals, Steven Noyes had 2 goals and 2 assists and Mason Ledbetter scored the other goal. Nick Levesque stopped 27 shots for Tampa Bay, which went 2-for-6 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

Also on Friday the 9th, the Elite Juniors edged the Islanders Hockey Club 3-2 in overtime. Trey Stern and Richard Foy scored in regulation, Brandon Goudreau scored the winner 6 seconds into the extra session. Michael Krch made 22 saves for Tampa Bay, which went 1-for-6 on the power play and 3-of-3 on the power play.

In their second game on the opening day of the showcase, Tampa Bay were edged by the Bay State Breakers 3-2. Trey Stern and Tucket Barone scored for the Juniors, Jeff Gardner made 26 saves. Tampa Bay was 0-for-3 on the power play and 3-of-3 on the penalty kill.

On Saturday, January 10th, Mason Ledbetter scored and Zac Gazzanna made 12 saves, as Tampa Bay slipped past Adirondack 1-0. The Juniors were 0-for-2 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

Also on Saturday the 10th, the Elite Juniors knocked off the Jersey Hitmen 2-1. Second half goals from Nick Frankich and Christopher Astrom proved to be the difference in the contest, in which Michael Krch had 20 saves. Tampa Bay was 1-for-2 on the power play and 6-of-6 on the penalty kill.

On Sunday, January 10th, the Empire Juniors capped a perfect weekend with an impressive 7-1 win over Rochester. Mason Ledbetter scored twice, Billy Gardner, Michael Demiceli, Max Mulholland, Jonathan Grodzki and Benoit Chin scored once each, with Chin adding 4 assists. Sam Coleman made 23 saves for the Juniors, who were 2-for-5 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill.

Also on Sunday the 10th, the Elite Juniors ended their showcase play with a 7-2 loss to the Junior Bruins. Tampa Bay goals were scored by Romain Wild and Brock Thompson, while Michael Krch made 23 saves. The Juniors were 0-for-1 on the power play and 0-for-0 on the penalty kill.

Tampa Bay's next action is this coming weekend. On Saturday, January 17th, the Juniors host the Florida Eels. The Elite game starts at 5:15pm EST and the Empire game gets underway at 8:00pm EST. On Sunday the 18th, the Empire team has the day off, while the Elite team hosts the Eels, with face off set for 1:30pm EST. All three games will air on


On this date in 1895, the first performance of KIng Arthur took place at the Lyceum Theatre.


Video: Riders Lock Up Maze, Williams.

Little doubt where Washington wanted to be.

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Today is Clean Off Your Desk Day. What’s the weirdest thing you ever found while going through someone’s desk?


Tampa, FL. -- Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith is trying to bring Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli back to Tampa Bay.

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A North Carolina (Fayetteville) woman mistook her husband for an intruder, and shot him when he returned home to surprise her with breakfast in bed. Fortunately, he wasn’t seriously injured. [But she’s completely blown her chances for both Valentine’s and Mother’s Day.]


Corvallis, OR. --Oregon State rocked the college basketball world by shocking No. 7 Arizona 58-56 at Gill Coliseum on Sunday for its first victory over a Top-10 team in nearly 15 years.

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Twenty years ago, Brittney Husbyn and Briggs Fussy walked down the aisle as flower girl and ring bearer at a Minnesota wedding. Then, in a college class, Brittney was sitting in front of Briggs when she looked back at him and said, “I think I was in a wedding with you like fifteen years ago or something.” After five years of dating they are now married.


Being a sheep can be tiring!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as Lightning hockey, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1957 - 
Elvis Presley recorded "All Shook Up" and all the material from his forthcoming movie "Loving You." 

1963 - The soundtrack to "Girls! Girls! Girls!" hit #3 in the U.S. 

1968 - NBC vice-president Tom Sarnoff announced that Elvis Presley and NBC had agreed to produce an Elvis movie and a Christmas TV special for the 1968 Christmas season. 

1973 - Elvis Presley performed a rehearsal show for the "Elvis, Aloha From Hawaii" concert.


Police on the Isles of Scilly (silly) are baffled after a fried egg was left behind at a crime scene following a break-in.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
The Beatles single "Please Please Me" was released in Britain. 

1964 - The Beatles made their second appearance on BBC-TV's "Sunday Night at the London Palladium." 

1968 - Apple Music Limited was renamed Apple Corps Limited. 

1969 - The film "Wonderwall" premiered in London. The soundtrack was by George Harrison. 

2010 - Ringo Starr's CD "Y Not" was released. It was released on vinyl on January 29, 2010.


WINNERS OF THE 72ND GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS - is updating as the awards are handed out.


Today in Sports History:

1906 - 
The forward pass was legalized by the football rules committee. 

1921 - Kennesaw Mountain Landis became the first commissioner of baseball. 

1946 - The Cleveland Rams were granted permission to move to Los Angeles. 

1958 - Major league baseball players Stan Musial and Johnny Padres were guests on the "Ed Sullivan Show." 

1960 - Dolph Schayes of the Syracuse Nationals became the first pro basketball player in the NBA to score more than 15,000 points in his career. 

1966 - Red Auerbach won his 1,000th game as coach of the Boston Celtics. 

1993 - It was announced that Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) had Hodgkin's disease. 

1999 - Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball was sold at auction in New York for $3 million to an anonymous bidder. 

2000 - Charlotte Hornets guard Bobby Phills was killed in a crash during a drag race. 

2002 - Brenden Shanahan (Detroit Red Wings) got his 1,000th career point in a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars. 

2004 - Cam Neely's No. 8 was retired by the Boston Bruins. 


Taken 3 won the weekend box office with $40.4 million (North America).


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Philadelphia Flyers 7:00pm EST

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Edmonton Oilers 7:30pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Corpus Christi IceRays 10:05pm EST

Saturday --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 5:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche 7:00pm EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Corpus Christi IceRays 10:05pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 1:30pm EST


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

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