The Best of the Nation – 10.21.12

Jonathan Willis
October 21 2012 01:28PM

Photo: Matt Boulton/Wikimedia/CC BY 2.0

From across the Nations this week: hockey talk, with absolutely none of it focused on arena or CBA negotiations. We’ve got a healthy dose of humour – including a story from the NHL player who ran buck-naked into a group of Hungarian riot police – as well as some news, statistics, and rumour-mongering.

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Ovechkin breaks the glass, and the KHL's Top 10 goals, saves, and hits of the month

Steve Dangle
October 20 2012 06:11PM

Today's KHL package from Steve Dangle and Andrey Osadchenko features a couple of notable plays from Alexander Ovechkin and Dynamo Moscow's game against Atlant, and a late comeback from Avangard.

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A fast-paced affair: Wolves overcome Heat in Friday night shootout

Patrick Johnston
October 20 2012 01:25PM

Anton Rodin is stronger, more confident and playing with Zack Kassian. (Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)

A constantly rampaging Zack Kassian would be at the top of most Canucks fans' must-happen lists; they got a glimpse of just that player on Friday night. In an exciting, back and forth encounter with their Calgary Flames compatriots, the Canucks' minor leaguers came out on top, winning 3-2 in a shoot out.

Most observers have predicted that the NHL lockout would have a positive effect on the AHL's level of play; hockey fans got more than a glimpse of that on Friday, as both teams played tight defence, strong transition games and impressive puck movement. It was a great advertisement for how much value a fan can get for his money in Abbotsford.

Click on past the jump for notes and some data...

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10 Thoughts on the Chicago Wolves @ Abbotsford Heat

Jeff Angus
October 20 2012 10:11AM

This isn’t a full game recap, which Pat Johnston is putting together for Friday night’s game out in Abbotsford. I was impressed with several Canucks prospects on Friday night, while others didn’t do much to stand out.

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Steve Dangle
October 19 2012 10:35PM



Remember when hockey was on the ice and actually played? I found some!

KHL action featuring a goal from Pavel Datsyuk that makes me rethink my entire existence, Ilya Kovalchuk is also nuts, Grabovski continues to put up numbers, and Yakupov's team falls. 

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