Friday, February 6, 2015

It's Friday

It's Friday. Here's what's happening....


Today is February 6th, the 37th day of 2015. There are 328 days left in the year.


Watch: Honda nightly recap for Thurs., Feb. 5th.

Jets place Evander Kane on injured reserve.

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Today's Birthdays: NBC news man Tom Brokaw is 75. Kathy Najimy (Veronica’s Closet, King of the Hill) is 58. Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses is 53. Rick Astley is 49.


Dallas, TX. -- Tyler Johnson scored two third-period goals for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 5-3 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Thursday.

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The world’s oldest man turned 112 this week. [And he still has a better memory than Brian Williams.]


10th Anniversary Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships Takes Place This Weekend at Eagle River Derby Track
Stanley Cup To Make Appearance Saturday
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 10th anniversary of the Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships will take place Friday though Sunday (Feb. 6-8), in Eagle River, Wisconsin, at the Eagle River Derby Track.
"It's hard to believe this is the 10th anniversary of the event," said Ashley Bevan, senior director of adult hockey for USA Hockey. "This has grown from what was once just a concept into a 'can't miss' event on the hockey calendar that now sells out in a matter of hours. We wish all of the teams the best of luck and look forward to, as always, the great camaraderie shared among all involved."
As part of the 10th anniversary celebration, this year's event will include an appearance by the Stanley Cup at Saturday (Feb. 7) evening's reception.
Fans can download the USA Hockey Adult Events Tournament App to connect with other participants and follow all the action, including real-time scores, standings and results. To learn more and share the experience, go to
NOTES: The event was slated to be played at Dollar Lake in Eagle River, however, due to player safety concerns, had to be shifted to the Eagle River Derby Track ... The Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships has grown from 40 teams and 240 athletes in 2006 to this year's field of 330 teams and more than 2,300 players.

U.S. National Under-17 Team Clips Finland, 2-1,
at Five Nations Tournament 

Suthers Scores Game-Winner; Oettinger Makes 30 Saves
DMITROV, Russia - Keenan Suthers (Macomb, Mich.) tallied the game-winning goal late in the third period and Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) made 30 saves as the U.S. National Under-17 Team clipped Finland, 2-1, here tonight at Dmitrov Arena. With the victory, Team USA’s record improves to 2-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) at the 2015 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.
James Sanchez (Northbrook, Ill.) opened the scoring for Team USA 13:29 into the first frame, snapping a Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) feed into the net. Oettinger was tested nine times and denied each chance to preserve the lead after 20 minutes.
Finland knotted the game at 16:39 of the second stanza, leading to a tightly contested third period that saw Suthers score the eventual game-winner. Heading around the net to attempt the wrap around, Nick Pastujov’s (Bradenton, Fla.) attempt was kicked out but batted in by Suthers.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team wraps up tournament play tomorrow (Feb. 6) against Sweden. Puck drop is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.
Notes: Team USA was outshot by Finland, 31-20 ... The U.S. went 0-3 on the power play while Finland went 0-7 ... Follow @USAHockeyScores for live scoring updates from the tournament. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #U17FiveNations ... Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team, is leading the squad in Russia, along with assistant coach John Gruden and intern assistant coach Tyler Walsh ... All 22 players on the roster are from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... For the complete Under-17 Team roster, click here ... Team USA claimed first place in last year's tournament held in Sundsvall, Sweden ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team trains with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary software program that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit
2015 Under-17 Five Nations TournamentFeb. 3-6 | Dmitrov, Russia
DateOpponentTime (ET) / Result
Tues., Feb. 3Czech RepublicW, 3-1
Wed., Feb. 4RussiaL, 6-0
Thurs., Feb. 5FinlandW, 2-1
Fri., Feb. 6Sweden10:00 a.m.

• U.S. Women's Nat'l University Team Falls to China in World University Games Opener
• U.S. Men's Nat'l Univ. Team Rally Falls Short Against Japan at World University Games

U.S. Women's National University Team Falls, 2-1, to China in World University Games Opener
GRANADA, Spain—The U.S. Women’s National University Team suffered a 2-1 setback against China in its opening contest of the 2015 Winter World University Games today at the Mulhacen Pavilion. Team USA broke a scoreless tie in the third period, but China rallied with two goals to win.
For full recap and box score, click here.
The U.S. Women’s National University Team is back in action Saturday (Feb. 7) against Japan at 11 a.m. ET. The contest will be a rematch of the 2013 Winter World University Games bronze-medal game, in which Team USA defeated Japan 3-1 to become the first men's or women's ice hockey team from the U.S. to win a medal in the event.
Notes: U.S. goaltender Maria Barlow was named third star of the game, stopping 22 of 24 shots ... Whitney Thomas and Amanda Abromson picked up assists on the Myers goal. 
U.S. Men's National University Team Rally Falls Short Agaisnt Japan
in Opening World University Games Contest
GRANADA, Spain—The U.S. Men’s National University Team lost, 3-2, to Japan in its 2015 Winter World University Games opener today at the Granada Sports Palace. The teams were scoreless until the late stages of the second period, when Japan tallied three straight goals. The U.S. rallied, scoring two goals in the game’s final three minutes, but couldn’t notch an equalizer.
For full recap and box score, click here.
The U.S. Men’s National University Team is back in action Saturday (Feb. 7), facing Kazakhstan at 2:30 p.m. ET.
NotesBilly Balent tallied two points in tonight’s contest, picking up an assist on the Chris Joseph goal. Tyler Benson also notched an assist on the goal … A rebroadcast of tonight’s game will air on CBS Sports Network Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. Click here to find your CBS Sports Network on your television provider.

USA Defeats Korea, 8-0, to Advance to Championship Game
of World Sled Hockey Challenge
Team USA to Play Canada or Russia on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET
LEDUC, Alberta – The U.S. National Sled Team advanced to the championship game of the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge with an 8-0 win over Korea today at the Leduc Recreation Centre.Dan McCoy (Cheswick, Pa.) had five points, Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.) and Josh Misiewicz (La Grange, Ill.) each scored twice, and Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) recorded his second consecutive shutout in the victory.
“I thought the first two periods weren't our strongest of the tournament,” said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “Fortunately, we got things taken care of in the third and can now turn our attention to Saturday’s game.”
After a scoreless first period, Team USA opened the scoring on the power play 10:24 into the second stanza. Nikko Landeros (Chicago, Ill.) took a pass from Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) and foundKevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.) in front of the net to give USA the 1-0 lead.
Team USA extended its lead early in the final frame with three goals over a span of two minutes. Landeros' third goal of the tournament came when he collected the puck behind Korea's net, flipped it onto his stick, and finished a wraparound attempt. McCoy scored 24 seconds later from the hash marks before Farmer tucked one under the bar to make it 4-0.
With the United States on the two-man advantage, newcomer Misiewicz made it 5-0 with his first goal as a member of Team USA. A minute later he grabbed his second goal of the game to extend USA’s lead to 6-0. Page connected twice within 20 seconds in the final minute of play to seal the victory.
Team USA will play in the championship game on Saturday (Feb. 7) versus the winner of tonight's semifinal game between Canada and Russia. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. ET and can be seen live
2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge • Team USA Schedule
Feb. 1-7 - Leduc, Alberta - Leduc Recreation Centre
DateOpponentTime (ET)/Result
Sun., Feb. 1RussiaW, 3-2
Mon., Feb. 2KoreaW, 8-1
Wed., Feb. 4CanadaW, 2-0
Thurs., Feb. 5Korea (Semifinal)W, 8-0
Sat., Feb. 7Championship Game7:00 p.m ET
NOTES: Josh Misiewicz was named U.S. Player of the Game … Nikko LanderosDeclan Farmer and Brody Roybal (3-2—5) have points in all four games … Team USA outshot Korea, 38-4 … For full game statistics, click here … For complete Team USA coverage, click here … Follow@USAHockeyScores for in-game updates. Join the World Sled Hockey Challenge conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WSHC.


On this date in 1950, NBC radio debuted "Dangerous Assignment."


Banking on a New Deal: Ticats re-sign star speedster.

Hufnagel: 'I can’t see myself being an active player.'

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A father who deliberately handcuffed himself to his 6-year-old daughter at a Beijing train station said he did so to prevent her from getting lost. Photos show the man handcuffed to his daughter as the pair waited to board a train.


Tampa, FL. -- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers believes the turf at Tampa Bay's Raymond James Stadium is to blame for a calf injury he suffered in Week 16 and battled for the remainder of the season and into the playoffs.

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On this date in 19711, NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon.


Corvallis, OR. -- Junior forward Jarmal Reid scored a career-high 20 points and Oregon State remained undefeated at home with a gritty 55-50 victory over Washington State on Thursday night before a crowd of 5,502 at Gill Coliseum.

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On this date in 1972, over 500,000 pieces of irate mail arrived at the mail room of CBS-TV, when word leaked out that an edited-for-TV version of the X-rated movie, "The Demand," would be shown.


I wonder what's out there?


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as the debut of the Sponge Bob movie, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1939 - 
Elvis Presley's father, Vernon, was released from prison after serving 8 months for altering a check. 

1959 - The Elvis Presley LP "For LP Fans Only" was shipped. The release was a compilation of ten previously released songs. 

1961 - Elvis Presley was called by to California to re-shoot the ending for the movie "Wild In The Country." The preview audiences did not like the original ending. 

1990 - The television show "Elvis" began airing on ABC-TV. The show was cancelled on May 19th. 


A stretch of California highway was doused with salsa after a big rig overturned. The truck was hauling 40,000 pounds of the condiment. I really like this part of the story: The accident occurred between the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa and the World’s Biggest Dinosaurs Gift Store.


Today in Beatles History:

1970 - 
John Lennon's "Instant Karma" with Yoko Ono's "Who Has Seen the Wind?" was released in the U.K. 

2005 - Paul McCartney headlined the Super Bowl XXXVIIII halftime show and performed four songs. The songs were "Drive My Car," "Live and Let Die," "Get Back" and "Hey Jude." 

2007 - Yoko Ono's CD "Yes, I'm a Witch" was released. 


Bobby Brown is dealing with one of the worst moments in his life right now with the heartbreaking situation his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is in, but there is some light in the future for him. Bobby’s wife, Alicia Etheredge, is 4 months pregnant.


Today in Sports History:

1921 - 
The New York Yankees issued a press release to announce the purchase of 10 acres of property in the west Bronx. The land was used for Yankee Stadium I. 

1926 - The National Football League adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college class graduated. 

1932 - Dog sled racing happened for the first time in Olympic competition. 

1958 - Ted Williams signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox that was worth $135,000. The contract made him the highest paid player in major league history. 

1970 - The NBA expanded to 18 teams for the 1970-71 season. The new teams added were Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston and Portland. 

1986 - Peter McNab (New Jersey Devils) became the 42nd player to score 450 career goals. 

1990 - Brett Hull (St. Louis Blues) and his father Bobby Hull, became the only father-son combination in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season. 

2005 - The New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX. It was the 3rd win in four years for the Patriots.


Jennifer Lawrence has posed with a snake. The 24-year-old Oscar-winner stripped down for Vanity Fair magazine, posing completely nude except for a strategically placed Columbian red-tailed boa constrictor draped across her body. | IMAGE


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Los Angeles Kings 5:00pm EST

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

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Roswell Bulldogs 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 12:00pm 

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Roswell Bulldogs 12:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Anaheim Ducks 5:00pm EST


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

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