Wednesday, February 29, 2012

{allcanada} St. Louis (40-17-7) at Vancouver (40-16-8)

St. Louis (40-17-7) at Vancouver (40-16-8)

The Vancouver Canucks are accustomed to being atop the NHL, but being chased by the St. Louis Blues is certainly a new twist.

The Canucks attempt to create some breathing room in the race for the Presidents' Trophy on Thursday night when they host the surging Blues.

Vancouver (40-16-8) appears headed for its fourth consecutive Northwest Division title, and is trying to widen its slim lead for its second consecutive Presidents' Trophy.

The Canucks, though, have plenty of competition to fend off, leading St. Louis (40-17-7) and Detroit by one point and the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers by two.

The Blues may be the biggest surprise of that group since they've reached the playoffs just once in six seasons, and that was an opening-round sweep at the hands of the Canucks in 2009.

Vancouver would like to pad its lead in the race for home-ice throughout the postseason, but the team came away frustrated with Tuesday's 2-1 shootout loss at Phoenix, capping a 3-1-2 road trip with back-to-back defeats.

"It was a frustrating way to end the trip," said Cory Schneider, who had 34 saves before stopping one of three chances in the tiebreaker. "We had a lead going into the third period and we don't close the door. We're a team that (usually) does that well."

A return home could be just what the Canucks need to regain their momentum. They're 6-0-1 in their last seven at Rogers Arena, where they'll play their next seven games.

Vancouver plays 13 of its final 18 regular-season contests at home, but lost 3-0 there to the Blues on Oct. 26 before splitting the next two meetings in St. Louis.

"I think with the schedule, this is going to be a big point in our season," Schneider said. "It could go pretty bad or it could go pretty good."

Lately, it's been going great for St. Louis, which is on the brink of its first five-game winning streak since Dec. 21-31, 2010.

The Blues' surge continued with Wednesday's 5-2 victory at Edmonton, improving to 4-0-0 on this six-game trip.

"We have four wins on the road on this trip already which is pretty good," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We're in the bonus round. We play our best hockey when we are a bit scared and I think we will be a little bit for that game."

Still, St. Louis is 14-13-3 on the road.

"You have to be able to win on the road to be successful," said center Andy McDonald, who had two goals against the Oilers. "We know it is going to be tough every night and that we have to play a certain way and on this road trip especially we have stick to that style.

"It's really paid off for us. Things are going well for us."

McDonald has five goals in the past eight games, and eight points in 10 since missing 51 with a concussion. He has five goals and seven assists in his last nine meetings with the Canucks.

McDonald will likely have to contend with Roberto Luongo, who is 14-4-4 with a 2.05 goals-against average and two shutouts at home.

He made 31 saves before Daniel Sedin scored 46 seconds into overtime to clinch a 3-2 win at St. Louis on Jan. 12.

Team Comparison

Team G W L OTL Pts Standings GF GA Road/Home
St. Louis 64 40 17 7 87 1st, Central 166 128 14-13-3 Road
Vancouver 64 40 16 8 88 1st, Northwest 204 156 18-6-4 Home

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{allcanada} Justin Bieber Gets His 18th Birthday Surprise on Ellen

It's hard to believe that Justin Bieber turns the big 1-8 tomorrow, and as much as we try to fight it, our little boy is growing up.

So who better to celebrate your birthday with than Ellen DeGeneres?! (No offense, Selena Gomez).

Biebs appears on the show (airing tomorrow) and gets a (ridiculously awesome) birthday gift from surprise guest Scooter, aka his manager.

After giving his client and friend of five years praise for all his hard work and dedication to meeting fans, Scooter prepared Bieber for his awesome birthday present.

"You work really, really hard. I always yell at you don't get anything flashy. You know, we're not about that. Be humble, be humble and I kind of broke my own rule…." Scooter started.

"So we wanted to make sure your were environmentally friendly and we wanted to make sure since you love cars that when you're on the road you are always environmentally friendly and we decided to get you a car that would make you stand out, I think you know where I'm going and you're kind of freaking out right now."

A wide-eyed Bieber was anticipating (as were we) to see what kind of car Scooter was talking about. And that's when Ellen turned the singer around and we saw it.

"That's a Fisker Karma," Scooter said. And what the heck is that, you ask?

A Fisker Karma is a luxury electric vehicle that even has a solar-paneled roof. On top of that, it looks like the Batman car.

Pretty outrageous, right?!

Happy birthday, Biebs.

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It took the shootout, but the Erie Otters have finally reached 10 wins on the season.

Dane Fox, Sondre Olden and Luke Cairns all scored in the shootout as Erie reached double digits in wins with a 3-2 victory over the Guelph Storm in Ontario Hockey League action Wednesday.

Cairns' shootout goal was the winner once Otters' goalie Ramis Sadikov stopped Hunter Garlent on the game's final attempt.

Sadikov finished with 40 saves in regulation and overtime for Erie (10-45-5) and stopped two more on four shots in the shootout.

Cairns and Connor Brown had a goal and assist each as the Otters snapped a three-game losing streak.

Garlent and Kyle Pereira scored in regulation as Guelph (25-28-6) was unable to secure a critical extra point in the OHL's Western Conference standings.

The Storm (56 points) are now tied with Sault Ste. Marie, which beat Sarnia 8-2 at home Wednesday, for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Storm have two games in hand and nine games left overall.

Elsewhere in the OHL it was: Barrie 3 Owen Sound 1, Sault Ste. Marie 8 Sarnia 1 and Belleville 4 Kingston 1.

Colts 3 Attack 1

At Owen Sound, Ont., Barrie (35-21-4)scored three unanswered goals to outpace the Attack (30-24-7).

Greyhounds 8 Sting 2

At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Andrew Fritsch had two goals and an assist as the Greyhounds (25-30-6) thumped Sarnia (31-22-7).

Bulls 4 Frontenacs 1

At Belleville, Ont., Brendan Gaunce had a two-goal night as the Bulls (30-29-1) handed their division rivals from Kingston (19-36-6) a loss.
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{allcanada} McDonald leads Blues to 5-2 win against Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Andy McDonald scored twice and Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal and two assists as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Wednesday night.

St. Louis moved into a tie with the Detroit Red Wings atop the Central Division with 87 points and a point back of the Vancouver Canucks for the overall league lead. The Blues play at Vancouver on Thursday.

Scott Nichol and Chris Stewart also scored for the Blues, who have won four straight on a six-game road trip. St. Louis has won 10 of its last 13 games.

Corey Potter and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the Oilers, who have lost two of their last three to remain in second-last in the NHL.

It took 59 seconds for the Blues to get on the board as Edmonton's Cam Barker was caught pinching, allowing McDonald to come down the right side and score his fourth of the season, stick-side past Devan Dubnyk.

The Blues went up 2-0 two minutes into the second period as Nichol picked the bottom corner on a long shot off the right wing that closely resembled their first goal of the game.

Five minutes later, St. Louis had a three-goal edge as T.J. Oshie made a nice feed in front to McDonald, who deked past Edmonton's defense to get in tight and beat Dubnyk for his second of the game.

The Oilers yanked Dubnyk after allowing three goals on 19 shots.

Yann Danis came in to replace Dubnyk with Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton's regular starter, out with a groin injury.

The move seemed to spark the Oilers as they scored just over a minute later when Potter moved in from the point and stepped into a bullet of a shot that blew past Halak to make it 3-1.

Edmonton blitzed Halak for a brief period as Jeff Petry sent a shot off the goalie's mask and Nugent-Hopkins clanged one off the post before Ryan Smyth was assessed a five-minute major for checking Roman Polak into the boards headfirst.

The Oilers were able to kill the penalty without allowing a shot and came right back to pull to within a goal as Hall raced to a loose puck to set up Nugent-Hopkins at the side of the net.

It was the 15th of the season for the Edmonton rookie, the first overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft.

Danis did not face a shot in the more than 12 minutes he was in net in the second period.

The Blues finally got some shots again early in the third and got one past Denis on the power play three-and-a-half minutes in. Alex Pietrangelo made a perfect pass to allow Shattenkirk to deflect the puck in for a 4-2 St. Louis lead.

They would make it 5-2 after Stewart was awarded a penalty shot after being hooked on a breakaway attempt by Hall eight minutes into the third. Stewart tucked his 14th of the season between Danis' skate and the post.

Notes: It was the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season. Edmonton won their previous home game 4-2 over the Blues in October. St. Louis then won both of its home dates with the Oilers by one-goal margins. … Defenseman Nick Schultz made his debut for the Oilers after being acquired at the trade deadline for fellow blueliner Tom Gilbert. He earned an assist on the Nugent-Hopkins goal… The Blues have played well without four key players. F Jamie Langenbrunner is out with a broken foot and Kris Russell, Matt D'Agostini and Alexander Steen are all on injured reserve with concussions.
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{allcanada} Glee stars' romantic Vancouver weekend 

Actor/singer Lea Michele's romance with Glee co-star Cory Monteith appears to be heating up - the new couple has just returned to Los Angeles from a romantic weekend in his native Vancouver, Canada.

Michele and Monteith, who play lovers on the hit TV show, were spotted dining at sushi restaurant Eatery on Saturday.

A fellow diner tells Life & Style magazine, "They came in Saturday night for dinner... and sat at a table at the front of the restaurant in the corner. They wore hats and both ordered Ichi rolls.

"A woman recognized the pair and though they politely said that they were trying to lay low, they were still very nice to her. No one else bothered them."

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{allcanada} Hossa leads Blackhawks to 5-4 win against Leafs

CHICAGO (AP)—Marian Hossa scored twice as the struggling Chicago Blackhawks overcame an early two-goal deficit and defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Wednesday night to end a three-game losing streak.

Hossa's goal late in the second period gave the Blackhawks their first lead at 4-3. He added an empty-net goal with 16 seconds left that turned out to be the game-winner after Toronto's Mike Brown scored with 4 seconds remaining.

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, and rookies Marcus Kruger and Andrew Shaw also scored for Chicago, which won for only the fifth time in its last 17 contests.

Tyler Bozak, Joffrey Lupul and Clarke MacArthur scored in the first period for the slumping Maple Leafs, who lost their sixth straight and 10th time in the last 11 games. Toronto was unable to hold on to a 3-1 lead it built by late in the first.

Chicago's Corey Crawford started in goal, but was replaced by Ray Emery to start the second after allowing three goals on 10 shots. Emery was sharp and stopped 23 of 24 shots.

Toronto's Jonas Gustavsson was shaky at times, but finished with 30 saves.

Blackhawks captain and leading goal scorer Jonathan Toews missed his fifth game with an upper-body injury, believed to be a concussion. Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson sat out his third straight, and 10th in his last 11, with concussion symptoms.

Defenseman Johnny Oduya, acquired by Chicago from Winnipeg just before Monday's trade deadline, played his first game with Chicago.

The Blackhawks went 0-for-2 on the power-play and have scored just one goal in their last 41 chances.

The Maple Leafs led 3-2 after a first period that mirrored the recent play and records of the two teams.

Bozak opened the scoring 59 seconds in from the side of the net with a soft goal when he slipped a backhand shot under Crawford's pads.

Shaw tied it at 1 with 8:59 left in the first when he drove from the left corner into the slot and beat Gustavsson between the pads. Shaw connected in his first game after being recalled from Rockford of the AHL for the second time this season.

Lupul's power-play tip in just 28 seconds later, set up by Phil Kessel's pinpoint feed, restored the Maple Leafs' lead at 2-1.

MacArthur made it 3-1 with 3:07 left in the first. After Mikhail Grabovski's shot struck the skate of Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, MacArthur shoveled in the loose puck before Seabrook could find it.

Kruger's deflection of Nick Leddy's shot from the point cut it to 3-2 with 30 seconds remaining in the period.

Chicago led 4-3 after two periods thanks to goals by Kane and Hossa on strong efforts.

Kane tied it at 3 at 8:33 of the second. He pounced on a rebound of Andrew Brunette's shot, plowed into traffic and flipped in a high shot from a sharp angle to Gustavsson's left.

Hossa gave Chicago its first lead at 4-3 just over four minutes later. After driving down the slot and past two Toronto defenders, Hossa fired a shot just inside the left post.

Emery made a tough kick save on Toronto rookie Matt Frattin with 4:30 left in the third to preserve the lead.

NOTES: Blackhawks LW Brandon Bollig appeared in his first NHL game following his recall from Rockford on Tuesday. He fought Toronto's Luke Schenn. .Chicago D Steve Montador missed his 11th game with an undisclosed upper-body injury. . Toronto C Matthew Lombardi was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. He has just one goal and two assists in his last 15 games and is a team-worst minus-13. . The game was the only one this season between Chicago and Toronto, both NHL "Original Six" franchises. The teams have not played more than once in season since 2001-02 and over the last nine seasons have met only seven times.

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Alex Emond scored his second of the night at 4:16 of overtime Wednesday as the Drummondville Voltigeurs defeated the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6-5 in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Emond, who also had an assist on the night, beat Armada goalie Storm Phaneuf with Jess Tanguy off in the penalty box for goaltender interference.

Andre Bouvet-Morrissette and Michael Santini added a goal and an assist for Drummondville (25-28-8), while Guillaume Gauthier also scored.

Jerome Verrier chipped in with two assists for the Voltigeurs, who got 29 saves from Domenic Graham.

Cedric Paquette scored twice for the Armada, including a goal with 41 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. He also had an assist.

Marc-Olivier Roy added a goal and an assist for Blaineville-Broisbriand (33-22-5), while Dylan Anderson and Raphael Pouliot also scored.

Xavier Ouellet added two assists and Phaneuf finished with 31 saves.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was: Halifax 6, Gatineau 2; and Quebec 9 Baie-Comeau 2.

At Drummondville, Que., Gauthier made it 4-0 for the Voltigeurs at 7:28 at for the second before the Armada rallied.

Roy, Anderson and Paquette scored before the period was out to cut the Drummondville lead to 4-3 heading to the third.

Emond scored his first of the night to make it 5-3 at 2:47 of the final period, but Pouliout made it 5-4 at 9:55 and Paquette tied it late with his second of the game.

Drummondville finished the night 3-for-6 on the power play, while Blaineville-Broisbriand was scoreless in three chances.

Mooseheads 6 Olympiques 2

At Gatineau, Que., Zachary Fucale made 21 saves as Halifax (35-19-6) cruised past the Olympiques (24-28-9).


Remparts 9 Drakkar 2

At Baie-Comeau, Que., Anthony Duclair had two goals and an assist as Quebec (39-15-7) whipped the Drakkar (28-28-5).

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Whitecaps exploded in the second half Wednesday as Vancouver defeated Sporting Kansas City 3-0 to finish with a perfect record in the group stage of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic.

Vancouver (3-0-0) had already clinched first place in Group One and a spot in Saturday's final against either Toronto FC or FC Dallas. Those two teams play Thursday as Group Two play wraps up.

In late action Wednesday in Group One, the Montreal Impact and Houston Dynamo tied 1-1.

Sebastien Le Toux got things going for Vancouver in the 50th minute, volleying home a cross from Davide Chiumiento for a 1-0 lead.

Russell Teibert made it 2-0 in the 62nd on a shot from 20 yards out before Carlyle Mitchell stretched the Vancouver lead to three just five minutes later off a pass from Jordan Harvey.

Kei Kamara nearly got one back for Kansas City (0-1-2) in the 85th minute, but his header was cleared off the Vancouver goal-line.

After a scoreless first half in Wednesday's second game, Will Bruin gave Houston (0-1-2) a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute.

Montreal (0-1-2), which is preparing for its first season in Major League Soccer, fought back to tie it six minutes later when Patrice Bernier scored on a free kick.

Despite their identical records, the Dynamo finished ahead of the Impact on goal difference and will face either Toronto or Dallas in Saturday's third-place game.

The Whitecaps and Impact open their regular-season schedules March 10th when Montreal makes its MLS debut at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.

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NEW ORLEANS -- Linas Kleiza and DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points apiece and the Toronto Raptors rallied to beat the New Orleans Hornets 95-84 on Wednesday night.

The Raptors, who trailed 69-62 after tying a season low for points in a quarter with 11 in the third, broke loose for 33 in the fourth, matching a season best for any quarter. They hit their first eight shots and scored 22 points in the first 4:22 as Toronto took control, snapping a five-game road losing streak.

Kleiza tied a career high with five three-pointers off the bench, including three in the fourth. Leandro Barbosa, another reserve, added 15 points.

Marco Belinelli had 20 points for the Hornets, who missed 13 consecutive shots in the fourth quarter and lost for the 16th straight time after trailing at the half. Chris Kaman added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

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{allcanada} Minnesota (28-26-9) at Montreal (24-30-10) 

Minnesota (28-26-9) at Montreal (24-30-10)

Whether it's bad offense, great opposing goaltending or a combination of the two, the Montreal Canadiens haven't been able to score with much regularity.

That definitely wasn't the case the last time they faced the Minnesota Wild.

Montreal looks to avoid a season high-tying sixth consecutive loss Thursday night when it hosts a Wild club dealing with its own offensive woes.

Since outscoring its opponents 14-4 while winning four in a row Feb. 5-11, the Canadiens (24-30-10) have scored 14 times during a 1-6-1 stretch that has dropped them to the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Montreal has five goals during its losing streak and netted four during an 0-3-0 trip that ended with Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay.

"It's the worst feeling in the world," said forward Max Pacioretty, who leads the team with 25 goals but hasn't scored in the last four games. "The mood is down, everyone's upset. It's definitely not fun. We've got to find a way to break out of this."

While the Canadiens haven't given interim coach Randy Cunneyworth many reasons to feel optimistic lately, they at least have some history on their side.

Led by P.K. Subban's hat trick - the first by a Montreal rookie defenseman - the Canadiens won 8-1 in St. Paul on March 20 to hand the Wild their most lopsided loss in team history.

Minnesota (28-26-9), a handful of points outside the Western Conference playoff picture, was hoping to arrive in Montreal with four wins in five games but lost 4-0 at home to Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The Wild outshot the Kings 26-15 but had few legitimate scoring chances, with one of the best coming from defenseman Tom Gilbert in the second period of his Minnesota debut.

"There was too many things missing in our game to even have a sniff offensively," coach Mike Yeo said. "Puck support, battle level, going into hard areas, making plays, executing. It's kind of a long list."

Hitting the road for four of the next five games could add to Minnesota's growing list of concerns, as it's scored 20 goals during a 3-12-3 stretch away from home.

The Wild posted a 3-1 victory in their last visit to Montreal on Dec. 17, 2009. Captain Mikko Koivu, who scored the eventual game-winner in that contest, will miss his seventh consecutive game Thursday and is likely out for another two weeks after re-aggravating an upper-body injury.

Center Matt Cullen has chipped in with three goals in the last five games, but the Wild need better output from Dany Heatley with Koivu out. Heatley has no goals in seven contests, but the veteran forward has scored eight times in his last seven games against Montreal.

The Canadiens aren't expecting much offense from forward Brad Staubitz, who was picked up off re-entry waivers from Minnesota on Monday, but he provided an immediate impact in his Montreal debut Tuesday, racking up 17 penalty minutes and fighting Tampa Bay's Pierre-Cederic Labrie.

"I think it makes everybody a little more physical and a little bit braver to some extent," Cunneyworth told the Canadiens' official website. "Nobody will admit that, but I think I'm allowed to. I think that's the element we're trying to create."

Team Comparison

Team G W L OTL Pts Standings GF GA Road/Home
Minnesota 63 28 26 9 65 4th, Northwest 139 167 13-15-5 Road
Montreal 64 24 30 10 58 5th, Northeast 164 177 11-14-8 Home

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{allcanada} George Takei to Donald Trump: William Shatner would do 'Celebrity Apprentice'

When asked which of his "Star Trek" co-stars he would like to see on "The Celebrity Apprentice," the affable George Takei, who takes his turn as project manager in Sunday's (March 3) episode, was quick to reply.

"Bill Shatner," he said during a media conference call with his "Celebrity Apprentice" co-star Tia Carrere and the man in charge, Donald Trump. "It would be fun to see him doing 'Celebrity Apprentice.'"

So would William Shatner (or Bill, if you're in the inner circle) do the show?

"I think you would be able to get Bill," Takei said to Trump. "He's said it himself, 'I don't like to say no to things.'"

"That's a great idea," Trump replied, sounding intrigued by the idea of Captain Kirk coming aboard. "We'll have to remember that. That's great."

Would you watch William Shatner on "The Celebrity Apprentice"?

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{allcanada} Oprah Winfrey coming to Canada 

Sound the trumpets, Oprah Winfrey is coming to Canada.

It has been announced that Winfrey's live "Oprah's Lifeclass Tour" will include a Canadian date: Monday, April 16 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The show will air live on Winfrey's TV network, OWN, the Canadian version of which is owned by Corus.

Oprah's Lifeclass Tour is designed for Winfrey to connect with viewers in person and online to talk about the lessons that guide her life. She will be joined on stage by Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Iyanla Vanzant.

Oprah's Lifeclass Tour begins with the premiere episode broadcast live on OWN from the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis on Monday, March 26.

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{allcanada} Aykroyd gives up on Murray team-up 

Actor Dan Aykroyd has given up all hope of trying to persuade Bill Murray to reprise his Ghostbusters character for a third movie, insisting the film will have to be made without the funnyman.

Aykroyd, co-star Harold Ramis and director Ivan Reitman have been waiting for Murray to sign on for the sequel for over a year, but the frustrated Blues Brothers star now accepts the project will have to go ahead without him.

He tells The Telegraph, "It's a surety that Bill Murray will not do the movie."

He adds, "The studio, the director Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis feel there must be a way to do it, but Bill Murray will not do the movie. He doesn't want to be involved. He's got six kids, houses all over America. He golfs in these tournaments where they pay him to turn up and have a laugh. He's into this life and living it.

"I know we'd have a lot of fun but I can't be mad at him. He's a friend first, a colleague second. We have a deep personal relationship that transcends business and he doesn't want to know."

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Canada's top men's curlers are sweeping into Saskatoon, SK for the Tim Hortons Brier airing March 3-11 on TSN. The network's exclusive live coverage of the national men's championship begins Saturday, March 3 at 2:30pm et/11:30am pt on TSN with Draw 1 matchups. In total, TSN and TSN2 have more than 60 hours of live Brier action.

All Brier draws can be seen live on TSN Mobile TV and on-demand at following the live television broadcast. also has live streaming of all weekday morning and afternoon draws beginning Monday. French-language coverage of the Brier is available on RDS2, with the Final airing on RDS.

TSN's esteemed curling broadcast team is on hand for afternoon and evening draws with Vic Rauter calling the action alongside Olympic gold medallist Linda Moore and two-time Brier champion and Olympic gold medallist, Russ Howard. Bryan Mudryk calls the action alongside three-time Scotties winner Cathy Gauthier for the morning draws.

On Sunday, March 11, TSN airs the Tim Hortons Brier Championship Special at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt just before the Final. The 30-minute special showcases highlights from the tournament, takes fans behind-the-scenes at the Brier and tees up the championship matchup.

The 12-team field includes 2010 world champion Kevin Koe (Team Alberta), Olympic gold medallist Brad Gushue (Team Newfoundland and Labrador), and three-time world champion Glenn Howard (Team Ontario), who is making his record-tying 14th Brier appearance.  Team Manitoba is led by Rob Fowler, who defeated last year's Brier winner and world champion Jeff Stoughton in the provincials. Scott Manners leads the home-province Team Saskatchewan, while Koe's brother Jamie Koe skips for Team Northwest Territories/Yukon. Rounding out the field are Jamie Murphy (Team Nova Scotia); Terry Odishaw (Team New Brunswick); Michael Gaudet (Team Prince Edward Island); Robert Desjardins (Team Quebec); Brad Jacobs (Team Northern Ontario); and Jim Cotter (Team British Columbia).

Fans can join the conversation by visiting the new page, following @TSNCurling, @TSNVicRauter and @BryanMudryk and by using the hashtags #Brier and #TSN on Twitter.

Fans can also visit and download the TSN Mobile app for BlackBerry and iPhone and the TSN iPad app for all the latest scores, news and highlights from the Brier.

In addition, ESPN Classic Canada celebrates the nation's top men's curlers with some of the most memorable finals in the history of the Brier.

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