Saturday, February 7, 2015

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It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is February 7th, the 38th day of 2015. There are 327 days left in the year.

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Gordie Howe cheered at appearance in Saskatoon.

Lightning acquire Ashton, Broll from Maple Leafs.

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

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On this date in 1795, the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.

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Tampa, FL. -- For Rick Bowness' family, the countdown began a few weeks ago.

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On this date in 1877, the first Guernsey Cattle Club was organized in New York City.

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U.S. National Under-17 Team Edges Sweden, 2-1,
at Five Nations Tournament 

Team USA Clinches Second Place with 3-0-0-1 Record
DMITROV, Russia - Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) and Joseph Woll (Dardenne Prairie, Mo.) keyed in the shootout victory tonight as the U.S. National Under-17 Team edged Sweden, 2-1, here at Dmitrov Arena. With the win, Team USA finishes with a 3-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record and clinches second place at the 2015 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.
A turnover to the right of U.S. netminder Woll led to the game's first tally by Sweden. The goal, scored at 13:34, was the lone marker of the opening period.
A scoreless second stanza set the stage for Max Jones (Rochester, Mich.), who lit the lamp with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y.) and Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo.) collected assists on the play.
Overtime could not settle the score and a shootout was needed. Keller was the only successful U.S. shooter and Woll turned aside all three Swedish shooters to send Team USA away victorious.
Notes: Team USA outshot Sweden, 28-27 ... The U.S. went 0-3 on the power play while Sweden went 0-4 ... Follow @USANTDP for additional tournament coverage following the event and join the conversation by using the #U17FiveNations tag ... Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team, helmed 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 ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team trains with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary software program that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.
2015 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament - Team USA ScheduleFeb. 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. 6SwedenW, 2-1 (SO)


U.S. National Under-18 Team Falls to Russia, 5-4,
in Overtime at Five Nations Tournament 

McAvoy, Tkachuk Both Register Two-Point Games
KRAVARE, Czech Republic - Matthew Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo.) and Charlie McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y.) both scored one goal and added one assist, but the U.S. National Under-18 Team fell in overtime to Russia, 5-4, here today. With the loss, the U.S. is now 0-1-1-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the 2015 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament.
Team USA opened the scoring five minutes into the game when Tkachuk scored on a power play. Following a turnover just inside the offensive blue line, Joe Masonius (Spring Lake, N.J.) threaded a pass to McAvoy at the right point. McAvoy stopped the pass, looked up and fired towards the net. Tkachuk swooped in and redirected the shot through Russian goaltender Ilya Samsonov's legs to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead. Team Russia collected three goals in the final 12:40 of the frame - including two on the man-advantage - to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.
The score remained deadlocked at 3-1 until Russia drew a penalty shot and scored on the attempt with 5:24 to play in the second stanza to build its lead to 4-1. The U.S. answered before the end of the period, though, as Nick Boka (Plymouth, Mich.) found the back of the net from the slot to pull Team USA within a pair of goals. With the puck bouncing high in the zone, Auston Matthews(Scottsdale, Ariz.) slapped it deep to Jack Roslovic (Columbus, Ohio). Roslovic waited, moved towards the circle and touched a pass onto the stick of Boka wheeling up the middle of the slot. Boka quickly gathered the puck and shot it into the top corner for a power-play tally.
The U.S. used a strong power play to equal the score just 5:12 into the third frame. With the United States skating on a five-on-three man-advantage, Luke Kunin (Chesterfield, Mo.) slipped to the left dot, found a lane and hit his spot to make it 4-3. Then, just 40 seconds later, McAvoy executed a pretty give-and-go with Grant Gabriele (Brighton, Mich.), which ended with McAvoy one-timing a Gabriele pass into the top right corner to tie the game at 4-4. Despite heavy pressure and a 23-3 advantage in shots on goal in the third, the U.S. couldn't strike for the game-winner, and the Russians converted on a power play in overtime to end the contest.
Michael Lackey (Washington, D.C.) started in goal for Team USA and made 15 saves.
The U.S. National Under-18 Team continues play in the U18 Five Nations Tournament tomorrow (Feb. 7) when it battles Finland. Opening face-off is slated for 10 a.m. ET.
Notes: Team USA outshot Russia, 55-20 ... The U.S. went 4-8 on the power play while Russia went 3-10 ... Follow @USANTDP for additional tournament coverage following the event and join the conversation by using the #U18FiveNations tag ... Don Granato, head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team, is leading the squad in the Czech Republic, along with assistant coach Nick Fohrand intern assistant coach J.D. Forrest ... All 22 players on the roster are from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... For the complete Under-18 Team roster, click here ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team trains with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary software program that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.
2015 Under-18 Five Nations TournamentFeb. 4-8 | Kravare and Poruba, Czech Republic
DateOpponentTime (ET)
Wed., Feb. 4SwedenW, 5-4 (SO)
Fri., Feb. 6RussiaL, 4-5 (OT)
Sat., Feb. 7Finland10:00 a.m.
Sun., Feb. 8Czech Republic12:00 p.m.

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On this date in 1893, Elisha Gray patented a machine called the telautograph. It automatically signed autographs to documents.

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FA15: Top 20 free agents set to hit the market.

Remaining in Riderville: Messam re-signs with Riders.

Please visit the league's official website, http://www.cfl.ca.

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On this date in 1922, DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace offered 5,000 copies of "Reader's Digest" magazine for the first time.

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Tampa, FL. -- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may have no problem with the footing on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, but his claim that the tropic turf at Raymond James Stadium caused his calf injury isn't on solid ground, the Tampa Sports Authority said.

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On this date in 1936, the U.S. Vice President’s flag was established by executive order.

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Tempe, AZ. -- The Oregon State softball team (3-0) continued their strong start to the season Friday evening defeating the University of Indiana Hoosiers 10-6. Four players had multi-hit games for OSU with the team scoring runs in five out of the seven innings.

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On this date in 1940, "Pinocchio" world premiered at the Center Theatre in Manhattan.

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Jimmy enjoys playing outside.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as a head cold, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1959 - 
Elvis Presley attended a Holiday on Ice show in Frankfurt, Germany. 

1988 - The TV mini-series "Elvis and Me" (based on Priscilla Presley's book) began on ABC-TV. 

2006 - The Elvis Presley collection "Southern Nights" was released in the U.S. It contained 25 tracks. 

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On this date in 1941, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Frank Sinatra recorded "Everything Happens to Me."

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
The Beatles arrived in New York to begin their first U.S. tour. 

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On this date in 1966, "Crawdaddy" magazine was published by Paul Williams for the first time.

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Today in Sports History:

1882 - 
The last bareknuckle fight for the heavyweight boxing championship took place in Mississippi City. 

1949 - Joe DiMaggio signed a contract with the New York Yankees that was worth $100,000. It was the first six-figure contract in major league baseball. 

1958 - The Dodgers officially became the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc. 

1965 - Cassius Clay began using the name Mohammed Ali. 

1975 - The New Orleans Jazz ended a 28 game road losing streak. 

1976 - Darryl Sittler (Toronto Maple Leafs) set a National Hockey League (NHL) record when he scored 10 points in a game against the Boston Bruins. He scored six goals and four assists. 

1976 - Dave Reece (Boston Bruins) played his last game in the NHL. 

1985 - "Sports Illustrated" released its annual swimsuit edition. It was the largest regular edition in the magazine’s history at 218 pages. 

1988 - Mike Tyson and Robin Givens were married. 

1989 - The 40th NHL All-Star Game was played. 

1992 - Mike Tyson testified at his rape trial in Indianapolis. 

1994 - Michael Jordan signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox to play baseball. 

1995 - Joe Mullen (Pittsburgh Penguins) became the first American-born player to score 1,000 points in the NHL. Mullen ended his career with 1,063 career points. 

1995 - U.S. President Clinton invited the two sides of the major league baseball strike to the White House in an effort to reach an agreement. The two sides did not resolve the issue that day. 

1997 - Jim Kelly (Buffalo Bills) announced his retirement from the NFL. He was the only quarterback to date to guide the same team to four losing Super Bowls. 

1998 - The Dallas Stars retired Neal Broten's #7. 

2002 - The one-hour television show entitled "NBA All-Star Read to Achieve Celebration" aired.

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On this date in 1984, Space shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart made the first untethered space walk.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

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 
EST

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

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

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators 8:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 7:30pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Topeka Roadrunners 10:05pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Topeka Roadrunners 10:05pm EST

Saturday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 3:20pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 8:45pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Topeka Roadrunners 10:05pm EST

Sunday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at San Jose Sharks 8:00pm EST

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

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