Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is March 3rd, the 62nd day of 2015. There are 303 days left in the year.

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Five teams that dealt with deadline the best.

Vezina favorite Price elevating game for Canadiens.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Former NFL star Herschel Walker (won Heisman Trophy) is 53. Rapper Tone Loc is 49. Julie Bowen (Modern Family) is 45. TV chef Tyler Florence is 44. Jessica Biel (Total Recall, Next) is 33

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Tampa, FL. -- Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman discusses the two trades he made in the early morning hours on NHL Trade Deadline Day.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1791, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution that created the U.S. Mint.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors punched their ticket to the USPHL finals yesterday, with a thrilling 2-0 win over the Atlanta Juniors Knights, winning the Elite South playoff series 2 games to 1..

After a scoreless first period in which each team showed their defensive prowess, Tampa Bay finally got on the board as Jared Goudreau blasted home a power play goal from the left circle. The unassisted goal, coming at 15:04, gave the Juniors a 1-0 lead through 40 minutes.

In the third, the two teams battled up and down the ice with good scoring chances both ways, but neither team was able to find the back of the net. Finally, Tampa Bay would strike on a 2-on-1 break, as Jared Goudreau, skating through the right circle, fed his brother Brandon on the left side. Brandon picked the puck off the goaltenders' pads and shoveled it home for the all-important insurance goal. Connor Smith also assisted, starting the play with an outlet pass from his own zone to Jared Goudreau at the far blue line. The goal, coming at 17:22, gave the Juniors the cushion they needed and they would hold on from there for the 2-0 win.

Tampa Bay outshot the Knights 35-30. Michael Krch was in command throughout, stopping all 30 shots he faced. Samuel Kany was strong as well, making 33 saves. The Juniors were 1-for-6 on the power play and 6-of-6 on the penalty kill, finishing the series 19-of-20 with a pair of short handed goals.

Tampa Bay will now take part in the USPHL's Elite playoff finals. The games, taking place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 11th, 12th and 13th, will be played at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Follow all the action on Fasthockey.com, Tampajr.com and Usphl.com.

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On this date in 1845, Florida became the 27th U.S. state.

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Meghan Duggan Named Captain for U.S. Women's National Team
Alex Carpenter and Brianna Decker Will Serve as Alternate Captains
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) has been named captain of the U.S. Women's National Team that will compete at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship from March 28-April 4, in Malmo, Sweden, it was announced today by USA Hockey. In addition, Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) and Brianna Decker(Dousman, Wis.) will serve as alternate captains.
"Meghan has been a valuable leader in the past and will continue to set a great example for our team moving forward," said Ken Klee, head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women's National Team. "All three of our captains provide the necessary characteristics and perspective that are essential to having a successful team."
Duggan previously served as team captain for the U.S. at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, 2011 Four Nations Cup and 2008 Under-22 Series. She has also been an alternate captain at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship and 2012 Four Nations Cup.
A two-time silver-medalist at the Olympic Winter Games (2010, 2014), Duggan has represented the U.S. Women’s National Team in five IIHF Women’s World Championships (gold-2008, 2009, 2011, 2013; silver-2007), seven Four Nations Cups (1st-2008, 2011, 2012; 2nd-2007, 2009, 2010; 3rd-2013) and one IIHF Twelve Nations Invitational Tournament Series (2011).
Decker is appearing in her fourth IIHF Women's World Championship, while Carpenter is competing in her second.
Click here for the full U.S. Women's National Team roster, which was announced February 15.
NOTES: The U.S. Women's National Team will take part in a pre-tournament camp at Twin Rinks Ice Center in East Meadow, New York, March 20-25. The U.S. will open the IIHF Women's World Championship against Canada on March 28 at 10 a.m. ET. The U.S. is the defending champion and has won four of the last five world championships (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013).
For more information, contact Rob Koch (robk@usahockey.org /719.538.1169)


North Dakota Continues as No. 1 in
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2014-15 Men's College Hockey Poll - Regular Season #21

(First-place votes in parentheses)
RankSchoolLast Week's Rank2014-15 RecordWeeks in Top 15
1.University of North Dakota, 509 (33)124-6-321
2.Minnesota State University, 473 (1)224-6-321
3.Boston University, 422421-7-521
4.Michigan Tech University, 376324-8-216
5.Miami University, 375520-11-121
6.University of Minnesota Duluth, 357619-12-314
7.University of Nebraska Omaha, 307817-10-515
8.University of Denver, 278719-11-217
9.Boston College, 2171020-11-315
10Quinnipiac University, 175921-9-413
11.Providence College, 1711321-11-214
12.Yale University, 1411217-7-56
13.Bowling Green State University, 911119-10-513
14.UMass Lowell, 79n/a18-10-617
15.University of Minnesota, 601418-11-317
Others Receiving Votes: University of Michigan, 29; Robert Morris University, 8; Harvard University, Colgate University, 3; St. Cloud State University, 2.
Notes: A total of 20 schools received votes in this week's poll ... The National Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with five ranked schools. The Hockey East Association has four ranked schools, while the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has three. ECAC Hockey has two and the Big Ten Conference has one ranked school ... This season's previous polls can be found here.
About the Poll: The 20th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.

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NEW ON DVD - Released March 3

Foxcatcher
Longmire: Season 3
Chips: Season 3
Hill Street Blues: Season 4

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Still out There: 6 free agents to keep an eye on.

Former first overall pick, Shomari Williams released.

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

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ALMOST TIME TO MOVE THE CLOCKS - Daylight Saving Time begins March 8th.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers would reportedly love to sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh this offseason to pair him alongside of Gerald McCoy on the defensive line.

Read the rest here.

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The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America. It was written by Francis Scott Key. National Anthem Day celebrates this song, and the rich history behind its creation. The song officially became our national anthem on March 3, 1931.

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Corvallis, OR. -- The first official football practice for the 2015 Oregon State football season is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, the earliest on record for Beaver spring drills. The 15-practice session culminates with the annual Spring Game, Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m. at Reser Stadium.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1849, the U.S. Congress created the territory of Minnesota.

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Here's Jimmy with his four-legged brother, Smoke.

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

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - 
Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" debuted at #68 in the U.S. 

1960 - Elvis Presley arrived at McGuire Air Force Base near Fort Dix, New Jersey, after his time in the Army in Germany. Nancy Sinatra was his official greeter as he stepped off the plane. 

1964 - Elvis Presley recorded the version of "Roustabout" that was written by Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott. It was not used in the film "Roustabout." 

1980 - A napkin signed by Elvis Presley was bought for 500 pounds at a Sotheby's auction in London. 

1981 - The documentary movie "This is Elvis" premiered in Memphis, TN. 

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NASCAR will have new rules to try to prevent fights at the end of races. Only two crew members per team will be allowed to enter pit lane. [And drivers will no longer be allowed to carry hockey sticks.]

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Today in Beatles History:

1971 - 
The South African Broadcasting Corporation lifted its ban on the music of the Beatles. 

1980 - Four dollar bills signed by the Beatles sold for 220 pounds at a Sotheby's auction in London.

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New proof that big butts are huge: More than 13,000 people in the United States paid a plastic surgeon to enhance their butts last year, according to a new report just released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Butt-boosting surgeries were among the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries in 2014.

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Today in Sports History:

1875 - 
The first recorded hockey game was played in Montreal. 

1920 - The Quebec Bulldogs beat the Montreal Canadiens 16-3. 

1959 - The San Francisco Giants had their new stadium officially named Candlestick Park. 

1968 - Jean Beliveau (Montreal Canadiens) became the first NHL player to score 1,000 career points. 

1974 - George Foreman knocked out Ken Norton. 

1982 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) scored his 77th, 78th and 79th goals of the season. 

1992 - Mike Bossy's #2 became the second number retired by the New York Islanders. 

1998 - Larry Doby became the first black player in the American League to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

2001 - John Ruiz became the first Hispanic heavyweight champion. He beat Evander Holyfield for the WBA heavyweight title. 

2002 - The Dallas Stars set an NHL record with their 48th straight win when leading after two periods. The streak started on November 11, 2000. 

2006 - In Tokyo, Japan, the opener of the World Baseball Classic took place.

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In Lincoln, Nebraska, a 21-year-old man was pulled over Saturday night on suspicion of drunken driving. During a search of the man’s vehicle, cops found a 16-ounce sour cream container under the driver’s seat. On the container: the words “Not Weed.” Police found about 11 grams of weed inside.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30pm EST

Friday -- 

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Wichita Falls Wildcats 8:05pm EST

Saturday --

Nascar XFinity Series -- Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 4:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars 7:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Wichita Falls Wildcats 8:05pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 3:30pm EDT

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

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