Sunday, October 31, 2010

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[SurroundSound] Re: Just in case you forget to remember... :) The entire list of all Quad recordings ever...

I once wrote him on a matter of a rather strange Buffy Sainte-Marie
album I had picked up in France, which was marked VANGUARD
QUADRAPHONIC, but was in stereo only - I even sent him jpg's of the
cover, front and back and of the label. I didn't receive anything
back. Not a word - that was quite disappointing, and leads me not to
go through that again.. also found French singingstar SYLVIE VARTAN on
Japanese CD-4 is totally missing, just to mention more..

On Oct 31, 9:24 pm, Stephen Disney <> wrote:
> He will add them and he does give credit!
> S
> On Sun, Oct 31, 2010 at 10:49 AM, Dynaquad <>wrote:
> > Well, send them an email and hopefully they'll add them.
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{allcanada} Battle of the Blades Week 5: Oh, the horror! is the fastest way to get a passport or visa, often in just 7 hours! 

They say figure skating is all about grace, but it was a couple of monsters who stole the show on Sunday's Battle of the Blades.

No, Georges Laraque wasn't one of them. Though the gentle giant did make a return in an episode that was special because a) it had a Halloween theme that it went overboard with (even the cast's kids joined them on ice in full costume, which was at once cute and awkward), and b) it was Second Chances Week.

The four couples who had been eliminated in the first weeks of CBC's BotB came back to perform Halloween routines in hopes of getting enough votes to weasel their way back onto the show. The winner will be revealed on Monday's results episode - and I'm pretty sure those aforementioned monsters won't be gravely disappointed ...

Christine Hough-Sweeney & Russ Courtnall

Aside from the fact that Russ made it look like Tuffy was levitating by balancing her on his knees, there wasn't anything all that eerie or Halloweenish about their performance to CCR's I Put a Spell on You. Well, except for that one lift where Tuffy, as judge Jeremy Roenick (who had apparently borrowed a costume from The Hilarious House of Frightenstein's Grizelda) pointed out, came awfully close to slamming her head on the ice. Now THAT'S scary.

Score: 17.2

Anabelle Langlois & Georges Laraque

While Russ and Tuffy just come close to injuring themselves, Georges and Anabelle actually do. After reuniting for this week's special performance, the duo wound up back in hospital, this time so Anabelle could get stitches for a gash that occurred when she slipped from Georges' grasp. (Isn't "protect the girl" the No. 1 rule of pairs skating? Just saying.) They still lived on to perform, and between their dangerous history and Georges' devil horns and red eye shadow, they win for scariest routine of the night hands down. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean they got a high ...

Score. 17.0

Violetta Afanasieva & PJ Stock

Dressed to impress in ancient Marie Antoinette garb (for her) and a ruffled ensemble (for him), this returning pair took their vampire theme so far that it appeared the life had been sucked right out of their routine. Impressive lifts aside, PJ and Violetta's supposed comeback was about as thrilling as watching Edward and Bella stare blankly into each other's eyes.

Score: 17.3

Shae-Lynn Bourne & Patrice Brisebois

They did the mash. (The monster mash.) The monster mash. (It was a graveyard smash.) And it caught on in a flash - more so than any other routine of the night, or of the season for that matter. Patrice and Shae-Lynn's let-us-back-into-the-competition plea - complete with zombie costumes and moves that were as stiff as The Situation's abs - wasn't technically challenging, but it had more treats than tricks, and was therefore perfect for this occasion. They earned the first 6.0 of the competition (from witch judge Sandra Bezic herself), as well as (let's hope) a chance to come back from the dead.

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{allcanada} Dion's tips helped Carey get pregnant is the fastest way to get a passport or visa, often in just 7 hours!  

Mariah Carey has new mum Celine Dion to thank for her pregnancy - she tried acupuncture to help her conceive after hearing the Canadian superstar rave about the treatment.

After suffering a miscarriage in 2008, Carey started looking for fertility advice - and she found it in a most unlikely place.

The singer tells Access Hollywood, "Celine was talking about acupuncture. I used to get acupuncture, and I had never thought (of it) with regards to the trying to conceive situation.

"I was (getting acupuncture), like, once a day at least. It was on a schedule, everything. For the first time in my life, I spent time in one place."

Carey admits the regular treatment helped her battle stress, and she's sure that helped her get pregnant.

The star adds, "People who know me would be like, 'You scheduled acupuncture at a certain time every day? You stayed in one place?"

She also turned to hormone treatments to increase her fertility chances: "I put my body through like a whole kind of cleansing kind of situation and prepared. I had to be on progesterone. I did end up being on progesterone like every month to go through the cycles."

But the fertility methods led to news of the singer's pregnancy hitting the headlines before she knew she was with child.

Carey explains, "It also bloats you, it also puts on weight. So then, everybody was like, 'Oh, the weight gain, she's definitely pregnant!'"

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{allcanada} Unplugged Justin Bieber Is Leadoff Hitmaker for Game 3 of the World Series is the fastest way to get a passport or visa, often in just 7 hours!  

It's Justin Bieber's World (Series), the rest of us are just watching it. Oh, sure, Kelly Clarkson got to sing the National Anthem last night and help her home-state team win Game 3.

But Justin got primo promotional placement for his baseball-themed acoustic version of "Never Say Never," featuring players from Series' rivals the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers.

Of course, if this tune sounds familiar, maybe that's because The Biebs has already released another video of the song. But you can never have too much Bieber. Or can you?

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{allcanada} Big win for Canadian women in Cancun is the fastest way to get a passport or visa, often in just 7 hours!  

CANCUN, Mexico -- Captain Christine Sinclair showed her world-class scoring credentials Sunday, collecting four goals and helping set up a fifth as Canada defeated an outmatched Guyana side 8-0 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying play Sunday.

The goals brought Sinclair's international total to 106 in 142 games, surpassing Canadian coach Carolina Morace's 105 as a player. The 27-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., was one of 10 nominations announced last week for FIFA's world female player of the year.

Jonelle Filigno added two goals and Christina Julien and Kara Lang also scored for Canada, which led 2-0 at the half.

Later Sunday, Mexico beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-0, clinching a semifinal berth for both Canada and Mexico.

The offensive outburst was welcome after Canada was held to one goal in its 1-0 opening win over Trinidad and Tobago.

"It's always nice to score goals and for our team to put a lot in," Sinclair said. "Especially since our last game, we created so many chances and couldn't seem to find the back of the net, so it's always nice to see them go in."

Canada is ranked 13th by FIFA, 72 places ahead of Guyana, known as the Lady Jags.

Canada and Mexico finish off pool play Tuesday with first place in Group A -- and a good possibility of avoiding the dangerous Americans in the semifinals -- at stake.

The lopsided win Sunday greatly helped Canada's chances. With a plus-9 goal differential to Mexico's plus-7, Canada needs only a tie to finish first in Group A.

Mexico thumped Guyana 7-2 in its opener.

Sinclair acknowledged Canada will have to be aggressive early against the tournament hosts on Tuesday.

"It's a matter of not giving up a goal early, and to put pressure on Mexico early to take the crowd out of it," Sinclair said.

The top two finishers in each group will cross over in the semifinals with the winners booking their places in the 2011 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The winner of the third-place match will compete in a two-game playoff against Italy, which won the playoff for fifth place in Europe, for the final berth in Germany.

CONCACAF covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The U.S. and Costa Rica, both 2-0, have already assured themselves of advancing to the semifinals out of Group B. The two teams play Monday to determine who wins the group.

The top-ranked Americans have outscored their opposition 14-0 in two games.

Morace made six changes Sunday, sitting out goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, Marie-Eve Nault, Emily Zurrer, Josee Belanger, Diana Matheson and Melissa Tancredi.

Sinclair said the depth of Canada's team allowed Morace to confidently make those changes and give some players a break.

"I think that's one thing this team his that we haven't had in the past," Sinclair said. "Every player on our roster is very talented and a bunch of them cam in today and made a huge difference and allowed other players to get some rest. Which is nice, because obviously the game against Mexico is going to be a big one."

After a slow beginning, the Canadian women began to turn the screws on the young Guyana team in what became one-way traffic.

Julien was wide on a mis-hit after Sinclair squared the ball from the goal-line in the eighth minute. Sophie Schmidt was high in the 10th with a right-footed shot off a corner.

Julien connected in the 15th minute off a throw-in, tucking a left-footed shot inside the penalty box into the corner when the Guyana defence went missing.

Candace Chapman hit the post five minutes later from the edge of the penalty box after a loose clearance. Lang then was wide with a volley in the 24th.

Sinclair made it 2-0 in the 34th minute off the Canadians' seventh corner of the game. Guyana goalie Catherine Kobelka came out for the ball and dropped it, with Sinclair pouncing on the error.

Sinclair had won the corner after been sent wide by a diving 'keeper and subsequent clearance by a defender on a breakaway.

Kobelka stopped a Lang shot in the 42nd minute.

Filigno, who replaced an ailing Julien late in the first half, made it 3-0 less than a minute into the second half, set up in front of goal by Lang. Sinclair made it 4-0 in the 50th, acrobatically tapping in a free kick.

Sinclair almost got her third in the 54th minute when she beat Kobelka to another corner only to direct the ball wide. But she got her third in the 63rd, slotting home a through ball from Filigno.

She added a fourth for a 6-0 Canada lead in the 75th minute with a slick left-footed shot from outside the penalty box after Guyana failed to clear. One minute later, Sinclair unselfishly set up Filigno to make it 7-0.

Lang increased the lead to 8-0 in the 89th, banging home a Filigno pass from short range.

The Lady Jags, making their first appearance in the CONCACAF women's finals, are coached by Canadian Mark Rodrigues. Several members of his team also have Canadian ties.

"I give them credit, they're a very young team that battled for 90 minutes," Sinclair said. is the fastest way to get a passport or visa, often in just 7 hours!

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[SurroundSound] Re: Advice on HTPC

I have an htpc on the way this week as well with an ATI 5450 in it.
Should have everything up and running by the end of the week. AVS
forum is a good source of info regarding the ATI cards, the latest
device drivers available, codecs needed etc.

On Oct 31, 5:11 pm, grill <> wrote:
> If memory serves Elshagon (?) recommended this AVS thread about HD
> audio bitstreaming through ATI cards:
> BTW, I'm gonna buy one, too. Which model do you recommend?
> On nov. 1, 01:04, ArnoldLayne <> wrote:
> > The ATI series 5 is a neat solution for bitstreaming indeed, I have
> > one too.
> > On 1 nov, 00:44, MrMalice <> wrote:
> > > I just built an HTPC this week, and can offer my experience with the Xonar:
> > > I hated it. It requires an extra HDMI cable to run from your mobo to the
> > > Xonar to pass the signal. But my biggest complaint was that it requires too
> > > much tweaking between different sound formats. I exchanged it for a Gigabyte
> > > GPU with Radeon 5450, and I'm very happy with the results. Like you, I don't
> > > do gaming, so here's my setup:
> > > Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H
> > > AMD Phenom II X4
> > > Corsair A50 cooler
> > > 4GB
> > > WD Caviar Green 640 AV HDD
> > > Gigabyte GV-R545SC-1GI Radeon HD5450
> > > Best of luck!
> > > On Sun, Oct 31, 2010 at 7:28 PM, Prekladatel <>wrote:
> > > > Hi guys,
> > > > I would like to ask you for your opinion, since I don't have much
> > > > experiencie on HTPC. I would like to use and older PC as a HTPC:
> > > > - Intended use: mainly listening to hub stuff and watching 1080p
> > > > video.
> > > > - Specs:
> > > > AMD Athlon 64
> > > > 2 GB
> > > > HDD 1 TB
> > > > ATI 6600 with HDMI
> > > > Integrated in MB Realtek AC97 (non HD, non 24/96 capable,...)
> > > > I don't play games, so I just would like something to listen to
> > > > perfect bit stream through HDMI (DTS-MA...). The PC would be HDMI
> > > > connected to a Pioneer A4 A/V receiver.
> > > > 1. Does it worth buying a new processor and motherboard or this old
> > > > Athlon will do?
> > > > 2. Would it be enough to buy an ATI 5450? Or should I also buy a
> > > > soundcard (Xonar D2), for example?
> > > > Thank you all for your help.
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VIENNA, Austria -- Defending champion Jurgen Melzer rallied to beat fellow Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-7 (10), 7-6 (4), 6-4 and win his third career title at the Bank Austria Trophy.

Daniel Nestor of Toronto and Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic defeated Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 7-5, 3-6, 10-5 in the doubles final.

The 12th-ranked Melzer, who is now 3-10 in career finals, narrowly escaped defeat when Haider-Maurer served for the match at 5-4 in the second set.

However, the 157th-ranked Haider-Maurer, who had never advanced to the quarter-finals and is the lowest-ranked player to reach an ATP final this season, double-faulted twice and hit two unforced errors to let Melzer back into the match.

"It was very, very close," Melzer said. "I just hoped that Andy would start thinking about winning and would get nervous and that's exactly what happened."

Melzer is the first player to successfully defend the title in Vienna since Ivan Ljubicic in 2005-06.

"It's the crown on my great season," said Melzer, who is the only player ranked in the top-15 in both singles and doubles.

In 2010, Melzer reached the semifinals at the French Open, won the Wimbledon doubles title and beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal for the first time earlier this month.

Haider-Maurer said Melzer deserved to win the final.

"He's among the best players in the world and played fantastic in the third set," said Haider-Maurer, who had pulled out of qualification with a thigh injury before entering the main draw as a replacement for Ernests Gulbis.

As a result of reaching the final, he will enter the top 120 when rankings are updated Monday.

"It's all still a dream to me," the 23-year-old Austrian said. "Obviously my next goal is getting in the top 100. When I keep playing on this level, it should be just a matter of time."

Melzer conceded just two points on serve going into the tiebreaker but still lost the opening set when his forehand was called long despite hawk-eye technology showing the ball hit the baseline.

Melzer was visibly irritated when he dropped serve to love at the start of the second set. He saved another break point at 2-4 down.

Melzer finally started to dominate the match when he broke Haider-Maurer at 4-5 and never looked back. He closed out the win with a service winner on his first match point.

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The Baie-Comeau Drakkar were close to a major upset Sunday afternoon, but not close enough.

Joel Champagne scored in overtime as the Quebec Remparts narrowly escaped defeat against Baie-Comeau to pull out the 3-2 win in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

Marc-Olivier Mimar and Alexandre Larouche had two quick goals in the middle of the third period to give the Drakkar a 2-1 lead with 9:58 left in regulation time.

Ryan Bourque, son of National Hockey League great Ray Bourque, tied the game for Quebec.

The Remparts are not just the top-ranked team in the QMJHL, but in the entire Canadian Hockey League, according to weekly polls of NHL scouts.

Baie-Comeau has the worst record in the entire CHL, with a single win in 19 games.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was: P.E.I. at Acadie-Bathurst; Victoriaville at Chicoutimi; Rimouski at Drummondville and Saint John at Rouyn-Noranda.

At Baie-Comeau, Que., Vincent Barnard opened scoring for Quebec (15-1-1), while Louis Domingue made 17 saves for the win.

Jason Missiaen stopped 23 shots for the Drakkar (1-14-4).


Titan 3 Rocket 2 (SO)

At Bathurst, N.B., Sebastien Trudeau and Zach O'Brien scored in the shootout as the Titan downed P.E.I.

Jonathan Lessard and Christophe Losier scored in regulation time for Acadie-Bathurst (13-6-0).

Felipe Corbo and Philippe Paradis replied for the Rocket (10-8-1).


Tigres 4 Sagueneens 1

At Chicoutimi, Que., Philip-Michael Devos scored on a penalty shot to cap Victoriaville's victory over Chicoutimi.

Guillaume Goulet, Carl-Antoine Delisle and Yanni Gourde also tallied for the Tigres (10-9-1).

Guillaume Asselin was the lone scorer for the Sagueneens (6-9-4).


Voltigeurs 5 Oceanic 1

At Drummondville, Que., Nicolas Dionne, Ondrej Palat and Marc-Olivier Vachon had power-play goals as the Voltigeurs knocked around Rimouski.

Sean Couturier and Mathieu Guertin also scored for Drummondville (13-6-2).

Charles-Antoine Roy provided all the offence for the Oceanic (9-12-0).


Sea Dogs 7 Huskies 0

At Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Stanislav Galiev and Michael Kirkpatrick each had two goals and an assist as Saint John rocked the Huskies.

Mike Thomas had a goal and two assists for the Sea Dogs (15-3-1), while Gabriel Bourret and Danick Gauthier added singles. Frederic Piche made 28 saves for the shutout.

Mickael Audette stopped 29 of 35 shots in net for Rouyn-Noranda (4-13-2), while Jeffrey Noonan turned aside 8 of 9 in relief.

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CALGARY -- Stefan Elliott scored the game-winning goal with 59.1 seconds left in regulation to lead the Saskatoon Blades to a 5-3 win over the Calgary Hitmen in the only Western Hockey League game Sunday afternoon.

Curtis Hamilton added a empty netter for his second goal of the contest for the Blades (11-4-0), while Darian Dziurzynski and Braeden Johnson also scored.

Saskatoon snapped a two-game losing skid with the victory. Josh Nichols and Marek Viedensky chipped in with a pair of assists.

Tyler Fiddler led the Hitmen (4-10-0) with a goal and an assist, while Trevor Cheek and Jimmy Bubnick also scored. Cody Sylvester had a pair of assists. The Hitmen have now lost six-straight games.

Saskatoon goalie Adam Morrison made 21 saves, while his Hitmen counterpart Michael Snider stopped 20 of 25 shots he faced.

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Justin Shugg scored three times and added an assist to guide the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors to a come-from-behind 7-5 victory over the Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League on Sunday afternoon.

Chris Doyle had the eventual winner for the Majors (11-2-0), while Casey Cizikas, Jordan Mayer and Gregg Sutch also tallied.

Shugg's performance overshadowed an equally impressive offensive effort by Sudbury's Marcus Foligno.

Foligno scored three times and assisted on a first-period power-play goal by John McFarland. Kyle Shaw had the other marker for the Wolves (4-10-1), who lost their fourth in a row.

Shugg, acquired by the Majors in an off-season trade with Windsor Spitfires, scored once in the first period, twice in the second and set up Doyle for the game-winning goal late in the third as Mississauga won its fourth game in a row.

"I think we might have been a little tired," said Shugg, referring to Mississauga's three-game stretch over the weekend. "And we may have under-estimated 1/8the Wolves 3/8 a little bit too."

Shugg raised his season totals to nine goals and 19 points in 13 games with Sunday's offensive output. His first goal of the game in the first period was a short-handed marker. He scored at even strength and also on the power play in the second.

Sudbury shocked the Majors by grabbing a 3-1 lead in the first period. The Majors fought back in the second to pull ahead 4-3, but the Wolves responded with a pair of goals and were ahead 5-4 to start the third frame.

Neither starting goaltender, Alain Valiquette of the Wolves and Mississauga's JP Anderson, was around by the end of the game.

Valiquette was injured on Shugg's second goal of the game early in the second period and was replaced by Alex Laino.

Anderson struggled in the first period, allowing three goals on 11 shots, and was replaced by Anthony Peters for the start of the second period.

Sting 3, Greyhounds 2

SARNIA, Ont. -- Nail Yakupov scored twice, including in overtime, as the Sarnia Sting slipped by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3-2 in Ontario Hockey League action Sunday afternoon.

Anthony Donati's goal at the 8:16 mark of the third period forced overtime for Sarnia (6-7-2), while John Cullen made 36 saves.

Daniel Catenacci had a power-play marker for Sault Ste. Marie (5-8-3), while Chris Perugini stopped 30 shots.

It took the Sting just 35 seconds to score in overtime, when Kale Kerbashian fed a pass to a wide open Yakupov who's second goal of the game won it for Sarnia.

The Greyounds grabbed a 1-0 lead just over 5 minutes into the game, when Thibodeau scored his first of the season.

Before the end of the first, Yakupov scored to tie it for the end of the period.

Nobody scored in the second period, despite each team having numerous power play chances.

The Sault regained the lead mid-way through the final frame, as Catenacci scored a power-play goal to put the Hounds up 2-1, but less than a minute later defenceman

Donati scored his first of the season to tie the game at two.

Both team struggled on the power play, as the Sting were 0-for-8 in the game, including missing on four chances in the second. Catenacci's goal was the only one on six power plays for the Greyhounds.

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KINGSTON, Ont. -- There's always a window of opportunity for younger skaters in the changing competitive landscape of a post-Olympic season.

Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier made sure they were ready when it opened.

The Canadian ice dancers captured gold at Skate Canada International on Sunday, impressing the crowd and the judges with a demanding program arranged by ice dance legend Christopher Dean, a calculated choice of choreographer meant to turn heads in this first of a four-year march to the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"That's the first thing we looked at this season," Poirier said. "And that's why we ventured out to try Chris as a different choreographer, to really push our limits because one of our goals for the season is to prove we're in that top group in the world.

"To do that we know we really need to push ourselves and surpass what we've normally been doing and I think that's really how we have to approach this season, because the door's wide open."

Crone, from Newmarket, Ont., and Poirier, from Unionville, Ont., trailed British siblings Sinead and John Kerr by a whisker after the short dance, but the Canadians' performance to "Eleanor Rigby" earned them gold with 154.42 points. They will also share US$19,000 in first-place prize money.

The Kerrs scored 149.80 for silver while Americans Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein won bronze with 139.05.

The ice dance gold, Crone and Poirier's first on the Grand Prix circuit, capped a five-medal performance for Canada at the K-Rock Centre. It was a decent result for a team missing three of its four top entries.

Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir recently withdrew after Virtue underwent surgery to alleviate chronic pain in her shins. Joannie Rochette, who won Olympic bronze days after the death of her mom, is taking time off to contemplate her future, while pairs team Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison pulled out after Davison underwent knee surgery this week.

Toronto's Patrick Chan was the lone reigning Canadian champion to compete here, and lived up to his billing, landing his first quad jump in competition en route to winning gold.

"What we were looking for coming in is that some of our younger athletes would start to show that brilliance that we knew they had and get that depth going, so we weren't just talking about our established stars," said William Thompson, Skate Canada's CEO. "They really achieved that this week."

It's crucial that young skaters put their stamp on the international stage early in an Olympic cycle, Thompson said.

Crone and Poirier were seventh at the world championships in 2010 but still weren't in the same league as Virtue and Moir, so the two hired Dean. He and partner Jayne Torvill produced one of figure skating's most memorable moments, capturing gold with their stirring "Bolero" performance at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics.

The program is athletically demanding with intricate footwork and lifts unlike anything Crone and Poirier had ever performed. They're hoping it allows them to make some noise in this season of movement.

"This is the year, this is their opportunity to put themselves on that track towards the podium in Sochi," Thompson said. "Tessa and Scott didn't make the 2006 (Olympic) team, but then they made the big statement the next year in the Grand Prixs, they started having the breakthroughs, second at Skate Canada, and then sixth at worlds, and that traction started to get going.

"That's a great opportunity when that happens."

Canada captured two medals in pairs. Kirsten Moore-Towers of Waterloo, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto won silver while Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers of Virden, Man., added bronze. Amelie Lacoste of Delson, Que., had a bronze in women's singles.

Crone, 20, and Poirier, 19, weren't the only impressive Canadians in dance as Alexandra Paul of Midhurst, Ont., and Mitchell Islam of Barrie, Ont., posted the second-highest score in the free dance to finish fourth in their senior Grand Prix debut. Their on-ice chemistry and elegance evoked images of Virtue and Moir, and earned them a standing ovation.

"That was exquisite," Thompson said. "For such a young team just coming out of junior. . . brilliant, I'm thrilled."

Paul, 19, and 20-year-old Islam won silver at last season's world junior championships and were still eligible to compete as juniors this year. But like their ice dance teammates Crone and Poirier, they decided now was the time to make their move.

"Like it is with a lot of sports after the Olympics, it's a new chapter into international figure skating," Islam said. "We feel we're definitely ready to make that next step to the senior level."

Chan's performance was the highlight of the weekend. His newly acquired quad, which Skate Canada high performance director Michael Slipchuk called "one of the best in the world," launched the two-time world silver medallist to an entirely new level.

"He won here falling four times (three in the short program and once in the long), and he still put up a huge score," Thompson said. "So you've got to think, where can he be in March (at the world championships)?"

While the Canadian team will be missing its three national title-holders through the remainder of the Grand Prix season, Thompson is optimistic about this squad's chances looking toward the Grand Prix Final in December in Beijing.

Skaters are assigned to two of the six Grand Prix events, and Skate Canada was No. 2 on the schedule. The top six in each discipline earn a berth in the Final.

"We have a lot of skaters in the pot to get to that final," Thompson said.

Despite the big-name withdrawals, the competition drew 16,603 fans -- 80 per cent of tickets --for the 4,130-seat K-Rock Centre.

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QUEBEC -- Canada dominated the final day at the Korean Air ISU Short-Track World Cup on Sunday with seven medals including four golds.

Marianne St. Gelais of St. Felicien, Que., and Francois-Louis Tremblay of Boucherville, Que., won the women's and men's 500-metre races, while Charles Hamelin of Ste-Julie, Que., won gold in the men's 1,000.

The men's relay team added the last gold of the day, while the women's relay team captured silver.

Guillaume Bastille of Riviere-du-Loup, Que., and Francois Hamelin of Ste-Julie, added one bronze each in the men's 1,000 and 500, respectively.

St-Gelais was the first to the podium, winning the women's 500 in 43.740 seconds ahead of Italy's Arianna Fontana (44.099) and China's Fan Kexin (44.225).

"I was very tired, knew I had to start fast if I wanted to have a chance to win, and it worked," said St-Gelais. "Near the end of the race, I looked up to the screen and saw they were close behind me, but I told myself to remain focused and keep my speed."

In the men's 500, Francois Hamelin started out first but settled for bronze in 41.921 after being passed by winner Tremblay (41.738) and China's Liang Wenhao (41.756).

"It feels great to be back on the podium, it puts a good end to the weekend for me," said Tremblay. "I'm happy to come back so strong after my counter performance yesterday. I was listening behind, and I knew the Chinese would eventually try to pass, but I didn't want to make a move too fast, I was patient and it paid off."

In the men's 1,000, Charles Hamelin took the lead from the start and held on for the gold in 1:26.226. American Travis Jayner won silver in 1:26.310, while Bastille took bronze in 1:26.479.

"The 1,000 metre is my favourite distance, so it's great to win it," said Charles Hamelin. "It went really well in the final, and to be able to step on the podium here, in Quebec, with another Canadian athlete, it's really amazing."

In the men's relay final, Canada came out on top against China to win gold in 6:51.806. The Chinese fell with two laps to go, and had to settle for fourth place, which gave the silver medal to the Americans (6:53.661) and bronze to the Italians (6:54.133).

In the women's relay, Canada won silver in 4:13.594 before China (4:13.008). The U.S. took bronze in 4:14.380.

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{allcanada} New Jersey (3-8-1) at Vancouver (4-3-2)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EDT Mon Nov 1, 2010
  • TV: MSG+, RSNV

Already off to their worst start in franchise history, the New Jersey Devils must deal with more adversity in attempting to turn around their season.

Star forward Zach Parise(notes) will not make the trip to Vancouver when the Devils face the Canucks on Monday night due to a lower-body injury suffered in the team's latest defeat.

It's another blow to New Jersey (3-8-1), which is in the midst of a six-game road trip and has lost four of five overall. Although the Devils took 40 shots in Saturday's 3-1 loss to Los Angeles, they were held to one goal for the sixth time.

"Who cares how many shots we put on net?" forward Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) told "It's only one goal, and you're not going to win a lot of games with one goal. We have to find a way to be better. It's a five-man unit."

It may be even tougher without Parise, who led the team with 38 goals and 44 assists last season. Kovalchuk, meanwhile, has one point in his last six games after signing a 15-year, $100 million contract in the offseason.

"I don't think (Kovalchuk struggling) has anything to do with the contract," captain Jamie Langenbrunner(notes) said. "I think it has to do with us not winning games. He wants to win and that's why he stayed here. That's where he's feeling the pressure. If anything, maybe he's trying too hard.

"We all have a job to do here and we all have a role we have to play," Langenbrunner added. "All of us need to pick up the slack when it's not going well for someone else."

New Jersey fell to 0-8 when trailing after two periods, and it still hasn't scored more than three goals in a game.

Martin Brodeur(notes) has done his best to make up for the Devils' offensive shortcomings by posting a 2.78 goals-against average with a .905 save percentage. However, he's lost six of his last seven starts against Vancouver, giving up five goals in each of the last two.

While the Devils will play their third game in four days, Vancouver hasn't played since Mason Raymond's(notes) overtime goal gave them a 4-3 win over Colorado on Tuesday.

In contrast to New Jersey, the Canucks (4-3-2) haven't had any offensive troubles lately. Vancouver has scored nine goals in its last two games - both victories.

Daniel Sedin(notes) had an assist in each, extending his streak of regular-season games with at least one point to 19 dating to last season. Daniel's twin brother, Henrik, is tied for the NHL lead with 11 assists.

Roberto Luongo(notes), who had lost his previous four starts, made 36 saves against the Avalanche.

"Louie gave us a chance to win, without a doubt," coach Alain Vigneault said. "In the second half of the game, we turned the puck over, we got beat to loose pucks, we got beat one-on-one and they took the play to us. He gave us a chance to win on a lucky bounce at the end."

Luongo has won his last three starts against the Devils after starting his career 3-13-0 against them. The Canucks won 5-2 at New Jersey in the only meeting last season.


Team Comparison

Team G W L OTL Pts Standings GF GA Road/Home
New Jersey 12 3 8 1 7 5th, Atlantic 20 39 3-4-0 Road
Vancouver 9 4 3 2 10 3rd, Northwest 24 24 4-0-1 Home

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