October 31 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
October 31 2011 02:26AM



All Hallows Eve is here in all its glory, with children headed to the door this evening in search of treats their parents would never let them near any other night, and those same parents openly regretting the sugar rush they're about to bestow on said urchins. Of course, for those of you in between those ages, Hallowe'en is about other pursuits, and those are perfectly fine as well. As an aside, when did this copious skin baring business start in earnest? When I was in university in the early 80's, you'd only see someone in their knickers if you were dating them, and even then it was iffy ;-) I'm not complaining, mind, just attempting to fill the gaps in my knowledge base.

Anyhoo, let's get to it. In this aggregation of notes, the Leafs hit a roadblock in the nation's capital, the Oil are cruising for now, and Vancouver snaps out of their funk with a bang.

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JP Nikota
October 30 2011 08:20PM

Jonas Gustavsson played very, very well through almost the entire game, but wound up allowing an absolutely Toskalian goal at 7:08 of the third period to sink the Leafs. That said, even though such a weak goal wound up being the difference, the Leafs had far from their best outing tonight, and blame cannot rest solely on Gustavsson's shoulders.

The game started off well, with a power play marker from Clarke MacArthur coming at 11:20 of the opening frame, but the Leafs' effort rather troughed between that point and the MacArthur's next goal at 9:07 of the third. Certainly, fatigue could have been an issue, but even though the Leafs have played 3 games in 4 nights, it's never easy to settle for a loss to the Senators.

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Nation Network Hockey Pool: October 30th Edition

Jonathan Willis
October 30 2011 03:19PM

After many requests, we’ve finally sat down and updated the standings in the Nation Network Hockey Pool.

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October 30 2011 01:32PM

Another week in the NHL season is now in the can and as expected Phil Kessel leads the league in points, Nikolai Khabilbulin has the lowest GAA among goalies and the Oilers are in first place in the West. No, you haven't accidentally stumbled through a worm hole into a parallel universe.

This is NationRadio.

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Phil "The Philibuster" Kessel and the Leafs take on The Senators

Danny Gray
October 30 2011 09:25AM


                                                                          -Scruffy believes in this team


The  Leafs and Senators are both playing their second game in two nights with both teams securing a W last night. The Sens reeled off their 5th straight win in New York last night with a come from behind shootout win over the Rangers. While the Sens have been able to string a few wins together they are really riding the percentages and have been the beneficiary of a substantial amount of luck. They only have 3 regulation wins to the Leafs 6. Most of their goals have come in the third period and they have not played with a lead for long stretches this season. Somewhat surprisingly the Leafs are a perfect 4-0 this season when giving up the first goal. They may want to spot the Sens the lead to take them off their game.

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