Saturday, February 21, 2015

It's Saturday

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


Today is February 21st, the 52nd day of 2015. There are 313 days left in the year.


Sharks and Kings take playoff battle outdoors.

Watch: Honda nightly recap for Friday, Feb. 20.

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On this date in 1804, the first self-propelled locomotive on rails was demonstrated in Wales.


Phoenix, AZ. -- Lightning Continue Western Trip With Desert Stop.

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On this date in 1842, John J. Greenough patented the sewing machine.


The Florida Eels scored once in each period last night to edge the Tampa Bay Juniors 3-2, in game two of the USPHL's Empire South playoffs in Ellenton.

A T.J. Clingerman goal for the Eels got the scoring started at the 17:21 mark of the opening period, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead after one.

Maxim Gruzdev scored 13:51 into the second period, increasing the Eels lead to 2-0. However, in the waning moments of the period, Max Mulholland scored for the Juniors from Josh Basso and Mason Ledbetter at 19:53, cutting the Eels lead to 2-1 after two.

The lead grew to 3-1 for the Eels, as Michael Kohler scored at 5:21. But, just over two minutes later, Tampa Bay got one back. Ledbetter lit the lamp from a sharp angle. Tanner Frankich drew the lone assist at 7:56, drawing the Juniors within one, at 3-2. Tampa Bay, despite some late pressure, couldn't get the equalizer and the Eels hung on for the 3-2 win, squaring the best-of-three series at a game apiece.

The Juniors outshot the Eels 37-33. Sam Colemen made 30 saves for Tampa Bay, Sergey Hall stopped 35 shots for the Eels. The Juniors were 0-for-3 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

The USPHL Empire South playoffs continue tonight, as the Tampa Bay Juniors host the Florida Eels at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, with face-off set for 8:45pm EST Saturday night. The game can be seen on The Elite Series, with the Tampa Bay Juniors at the Florida Eels, begins tonight. Game one begins at 8:45pm EST this evening, game two is at 2:00pm EST Sunday and game three, if needed, is set for 12:00pm EST on Monday. All games can be seen on


On this date in 1858, the first electric burglar alarm was installed in Boston, MA.


The Great Debate: How improved are Ottawa's receivers?

Riders Add Copeland, Chapdelaine to Coaching Staff.

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On this date in 1866, Lucy B. Hobbs became the first woman to graduate from a dental school. The school was the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati.


Tampa, FL. -- Here's a sampling of media reports on the Buccaneers today.

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On this date in 1874, the Oakland Daily Tribune began publication.


Palm Springs, CA. -- The Oregon State softball team (9-4) had a rematch against the Cal Poly Mustangs (6-6) Friday evening with the teams facing each other for the second time this season. The Beavers jumped out to an early lead in the first inning and then scored what would be the winning run in the sixth inning, downing the Mustangs 6-5.

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On this date in 1878, the first telephone directories issued in the U.S. were distributed to residents in New Haven, CT. It was a single page of only fifty names.


Jimmy always gets chocolate milk with his Happy Meal.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as the deciding game of a playoff hockey series, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1957 - 
Elvis Presley's parents paid a visit to Elvis on the set of "Loving You." The made a cameo appearance in the audience in the scene Elvis performed "Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do." 

1967 - Elvis Presley began recording the songs for the soundtrack to "Clambake." 

1981 - Elvis Presley's updated version of "Guitar Man" hit #43 in the U.K. 


On this date in 1943, "Free World Theatre" debuted on the Blue network (now ABC radio).


Today in Beatles History:

1961 - 
The Beatles played at Liverpool's Cavern Club for the first time. 

1968 - McGraw-Hill, Inc. outbids eight other American publishers for the U.S. rights to Hunter Davies' authorized biography of the Beatles. They paid $150,000 for the rights.


On this date in 1950, the first International Pancake Race was held in Liberal, Kansas.


Today in Sports History:

1904 - 
The National Ski Association was formed in Ishpeming, MI. 

1931 - The Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants became the first major league teams to play in a night game. 

1968 - An agreement between baseball players and club owners increased the minimum salary for major league players to $10,000 a year. 

1970 - Bobby Hull (Chicago Blackhawks) scored his 500th career point. 

1971 - Ruth Jensen won $60,000 in the Sears Women's World Classic. 

1973 - The Chicago Blackhawks played their 262nd game without being shut out. 

1974 - Tom Seaver signed a contract with the New York Mets worth $172,000 a year. 

1985 - A NBA attendance record was set when 44,970 people watched a game between Atlanta and Detroit. 

1986 - Rollie Fingers refused to shave off his mustache to comply with the policy of the Cincinnati Reds. 

1986 - Jimmy Connors was fined $20,000 and was suspended from tennis for ten weeks after he threw a fit while playing against Ivan Lendl. 

1996 - The Philadelphia 76ers had their worst offensive performance in over 40 years. They only managed to score 57 points against Miami. 


On this date in 2000, David Letterman returned to his Late Night show about five weeks after having an emergency quintuple heart bypass operation.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nascar XFinity Series -- Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway 3:30pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Arizona Coyotes 8:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Odessa Jackalopes 8:05pm EST

USPHL Empire Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:45pm EST (Game Three)

USPHL Elite Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 8:45pm EST (Game one)

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway 1:00pm EST

USPHL Elite Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 2:00pm EST (Game two)

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

Monday --

USPHL Elite Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 12:00pm EST (Game three - If necessary)

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks 7:30pm EST

Saturday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Amarillo Bulls 10:05pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 1:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 5:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Amarillo Bulls 6:05pm EST


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

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