The Russian Rocket On Putin, The Hall of Fame, Ovechkin and Sochi

Thomas Drance
November 28 2011 09:15AM

Pavel Bure and then Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2001

Editors Note: Last week, the legendary former Canucks forward, Pavel Bure, stepped onto the ice for the first time in many years. He took part in an "old-timers friendly" alongside with other former Russian superstars and (surprise-surprise!) Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. After the game he chatted with the media about making it into the Hall of Fame, about Ovechkin's regression, about his future in hockey and the Russian National Team. The original text for this interview comes from Igor Rabiner of Sport-Express and has been translated for our benefit by Andrey Osadchenko

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Nation Network Hockey Pool, November 27th Edition

Jonathan Willis
November 28 2011 12:30AM

It was a close thing, but last week's leader held off a strong challenge to remain in first for a second consecutive week.

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November 27 2011 09:06PM

Congratulations to the 2011 Grey Cup Champion BC Lions!

If you haven't had your fill of sports for the weekend might we suggest having a lil listen to some of the most knowledgeable hockey folks around?

This is NationRadio.

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Wolf Prowl (Special Weekend Edition)- November 27th, 2011

Patrick Johnston
November 27 2011 12:37PM

Eddie Lack's Wolves are playing back-to-back against the Rivermen this weekend

Apologies for the delay in this week's Wolf Prowl, it was a crazy finish to the term for me. We'll be back on our regular schedule this week.

After a slow start to the year, the Wolves seem to be rounding into form. The offence, which had been misfiring, is now finding the back of the net with regularity. The defence still has some causes for concern, but in general has improved. (Special thanks to friend of the blog Wolfkeeper for his continued efforts in putting highlights up on youtube)

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Canucks V. Sharks Scoring Chance Data

Thomas Drance
November 27 2011 10:42AM

I did a long recap of the game over at Pass it to Bulis, so I recommend you check that out over there if you're interested.

A quick "by the numbers" recap: The Canucks were pretty lucky to come away from San Jose with the win. Cory Schneider played some truly brilliant hockey and bailed out his team, who were out-chanced nearly two to one overall. The Sedins had a rough game (despite Henrik's power-play goal) and were made into something of a liability thanks to the stellar work of M.E. Vlasic, Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski especially. Also, the Sharks fourth line of Desjardins/A. Murray and Clowe/Winchester really took it too Lapierre and company.

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