Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is February 23rd, the 54th day of 2015. There are 311 days left in the year.


Around the League notebook for Sun., Feb. 22.

Analytics, not statistics, driving NHL evolution.

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Today's Birthdays: Actor-director Peter Fonda is 75. Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) is 50. Daymond John (Shark Tank) is 46. Aziz Ansari (Parks & Recreation) is 32. Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, Edge of Tomorrow) is 32.


Denver, CO. -- Colorado second-year phenom Nathan MacKinnon had nine goals before playing the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday night at Pepsi Center.

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On this date in 1896, the Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield.


The Tampa Bay Juniors Empire team rolled to a 7-2 win Saturday night, winning their first round playoff series with the Florida Eels 2 games to 1 in the process.

Mason Ledbetterbetter, from Tanner Frankich at 6:26 and Benoit Chin, from Steven Noyes at 11:01, staked Tampa Bay to a 2-0 lead after one.

In the second period, a Frankich goal, assisted by Ledbetter and Tyler Camposano at 1:01, grew the Juniors lead to 3-0. Just over two minutes later, at 3:36, Bryan Miller scored for the Eels to get them on the board, trailing 3-1. Tampa Bay then scored twice to take command. Noyes scored from Michael Demiceli and Brandon Napoli at at 16:59 to make it 4-1, then Demiceli lit the lamp on the power play, assisted by Chin and Ledbetter at 18:35, increasing theJuniors lead to 4, at 5-1. The Eels weren't done though. Jordan Court scored on the power play at 19:38, slicing the deficit to 5-2 after two.

Tampa Bay would come out in the third and score twice while holding the Eels off the board, to take the game in decisive fashion. Chin scored on the power play from Peter Lopez and Noyes at 7:38 for a 6-2 lead, then Ledbetter scored a power play goal at 17:47, assisted by Nathan Glick and Sam Coleman, giving the Juniors the 7-2 win.

The Eels held a 40-38 shots advantage. Colemen made 38 saves for Tampa Bay, Sergey Hall and Nolan Greene combined to stop 31 shots for the Eels. The Juniors were 3-for-9 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill.

The Empire Juniors will now meet the Florida Junior Blades next weekend in a round two best-of-three, with the schedule yet to be determined.

The Elite South Division playoffs between Tampa Bay and the Eels also got underway over the weekend in Fort Myers. After a scoreless first period in game one, each team scored once in the second period. Brandon Hotaling scored at 14:44 for the Eels, then Richard Foy scored for the Juniors at 15:56, assisted by Jared Goudreau and Nick Frankich, tying the game 1-1 after two. Neither team scored in the third period, sending the game into overtime. After a scoreless 4-on-4 ot, the teams went to 3-on-3 for a second extra session. That overtime period lasted less than a minute, as the Goudreau brothers teamed to win it for Tampa Bay, with Jared scoring from Brandon at 34 seconds, giving the Juniors a 2-1 win.

The Eels outshot Tampa Bay 48-29. Michael Krch made 47 saves for the Juniors, Max Kirkwood made 27 saves for the Eels. Tampa Bay was 0-for-0 on the power play and 4-of-4 on the penalty kill.

In game two, the Eels scored 7 times in the second period to break open a one-goal game, rolling to an eventual 10-2 triumph. The Eels got first period goals from Zac Boyle at 13:23 and Josh DeLezenne at 18:12 to lead 2-0 after one.

Jared Goudreau scored for the Juniors from Drake Stimpson and Frankich at 8:35, cutting the deficit in half, to 2-1. The wheels came off after that for Tampa Bay. Shilo Vega scored at 9:46, Jonathan Carlson scored on the power play at 10:27, Brian Dennerlein at 11:28, DeLezenne at 12:24, Kade Brannon on the power play at 14:37, Carlson at 16:15 and Martins Lavrov at 19:50, staking the Eels to a 9-1 lead through 40 minutes.

Each team scored once in the third. For the Juniors, Romain Wild scored from Raven Woodring and Trey Stern at 5:11, then Zac Boyle scored a power play goal at 12:39, sending the Eels on to a 10-2 victory.

The Eels outshot Tampa Bay 48-33. Krch and Nick Levesque combined to make 38 saves for the Juniors, while Kirkwood had 31 stops for the Eels. The Juniors were 0-for-3 on the power play and 3-of-7 on the penalty kill.

The best-of-three series, tied 1-1, concludes in Fort Myers today, with faceoff set for 3:00pm EST. Catch the game on


On this date in 1904, the U.S. acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million.


Glenn: 'Good to Come Back Home.'

Steele remains cool during Free Agent process.

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Scientists have mapped the loudest and quietest place sin America. [The quietest was any theater showing Hot Tub Time Machine 2.]


Tampa, FL. -- The consensus is that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take Jameis Winston with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft after an excellent performance at the NFL combine, SI's Peter King reports.

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Matt ‘Megatoad’ Stonie, one of Major League Eating’s top two eaters in the world, has set the bacon-eating record by downing 182 slices in five minutes. Stonie estimates that he ate more than six pounds of cooked bacon, which had more than 28,000 milligrams of sodium. He accomplished his feat at an eating competition in Daytona, Florida.


Salt Lake City, UT. -- The No. 7/8 Oregon State women’s basketball team locked down at least a share of the Pac-12 regular season title Sunday afternoon, as the Beavers defeated Utah 52-42 in Salt Lake City. The conference championship is the first in school history. The Beavers also broke a school record with 25 wins this season, as they improve their record to 25-2 overall, 15-1 in Pac-12 play.

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On this date in 1905, the Rotary Club was founded in Chicago, IL, by Attorney Paul Harris and three others.


Here's Jimmy with his best friends, Piggy, Flipper and Creeper.


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


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - 
Elvis Presley collapsed after a concert. The doctor noted the cause as exhaustion. 

1971 - Elvis Presley ended a month-long, 57-show season at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. 

1971 - Elvis Presley's album "On Stage - February 1970" was certified gold by the RIAA. 

1972 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley were legally separated. Priscilla informed Elvis about her involvement with karate champion Mike Stone. 


A theater in Colorado was supposed to show SpongeBob to a theater full of kids but accidentally showed Fifty Shades.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
A tape of the The Beatles' first of three record-breaking appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" was aired. They performed "All My Loving," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There," and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." The show was taped on February 9. 

1970 - Ringo Starr guest starred on "Laugh-In." It was his first solo TV appearance. 

2010 - Abbey Road Studios in north London was given protected status by the British government.


ON TELEVISION: SEASON PREMIERE: THE VOICE - Season 8 begins with the blind auditions. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams are this seasons coaches. Carson Daly again hosts. (8p ET, NBC)


Today in Sports History:

1874 - 
Walter Winfield patented a game called "sphairistike." More widely known as lawn tennis. 

1894 - Ottawa refused to travel to Toronto to play in the first Stanley Cup game. The Cup was awarded to the Montreal AAA. 

1957 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the NFL operations did fall within coverage of antitrust laws. 

1967 - Jim Ryun set a record in the half-mile run when he ran it in 1:48.3. 

1968 - Wilt Chamberlain, of the Philadelphia 76ers, became the first player to score 25,000 career points in the NBA. 

1983 - Herschel Walker signed a $5 million 3-year contract with the USFL's New Jersey Generals. 

1987 - Nate McMillan (Seattle Supersonics) set an NBA record when he had 25 assists against the Los Angeles Clippers. 

1991 - North Carolina became the first NCAA team to win 1,500 games. 

1997 - Patrick Ewing (New York) entered the top twenty list of all-time scorers in NBA history. 

1999 - Garth Brooks attended spring training camp with the San Diego Padres as a non-roster player. The Padres Foundation agreed to contribute to the Touch 'Em All Foundation in lieu of a salary to Brooks. 

2000 - Robby Knieval made a successful motorcycle jump of 200 feet over an oncoming train.  


The big-screen adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey is the No. 1 film at the North American box office for a second weekend. The movie made $23.2 million in the United States and Canada.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- With a spectacular last-lap move to the inside, not to mention a timely shove from Roush Fenway Racing teammate Chris Buescher, Ryan Reed stormed to his first NASCAR XFINITY Series victory in Saturday's Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

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On this date in 1910 in Philadelphia, PA, the first radio contest was held.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- No one seemed more surprised than Joey Logano as he stood atop his No. 22 Penske Racing Ford in Daytona International Speedway Victory Lane celebrating his first-ever Daytona 500 victory on Sunday.

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On this date in 1927, the Federal Radio Commission began assigning frequencies, hours of operation and power allocations for radio broadcasters. On July 1, 1934 the name was changed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).


Coming Up:

Tonight --

USPHL Elite Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 3:00pm EST (Game three)

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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