And the winners are . . .

Jean Lefebvre
December 01 2009 04:35AM

In October, each of Western Canada's three National Hockey League entries recorded seven victories. In November, however, it was no contest.

While the Flames took over top spot in the Northwest Division with 10 November wins (eight of them coming on the road), the Canucks went 7-5 while the Oilers lost 10 games (seven in regulation, three via shootout) as well as the services of Ales Hemsky for the remainder of the season.

Meanwhile, the Avalanche thudded back to earth as they followed up their stunning 10-2-2 October with a 5-6-3 month while the Minnesota Wild made a slight rebound by going 5-3-3 in November after a 5-9-0 start.

Anyhow, without further ado, we bring you the Northwest Division Awards for November.

MVP: Jarome Iginla led the NHL with 13 November goals (two more than Northwest alum Marian Gaborik) and tied San Jose's Joe Thornton for the month's scoring title with 20 points. The Calgary captain had six more November points than any other division player (Olli Jokinen had 14) and seven more than any non-teammate. Despite all that, Iginla will share Northwest MVP honours with Miikka Kiprusoff, who posted remarkable 1.60 GAA/.947 SV% numbers during the month to go with an 8-2-3 record.

Honourable mention: Vancouver's Mason Raymond, Minnesota's Mikko Koivu and Calgary's Jay Bouwmeester

LVP: Martin Havlat took a firm grip on this trophy in October and he's showing no signs of wanting to let go. After his well-timed career season with the Blackhawks and his fat free-agent contract with the Wild, Havlat continues to be hurt a lot (six more games in sick bay) and unproductive on those nights he actually gets in the lineup (one goal, zero assists in seven November games). He's still looking for his first even-strength goal of the season and he's now minus-14.

Dishonourable mention: Edmonton's Patrick O'Sullivan and Colorado's Peter Budaj, who allowed nine goals in a span of four periods against division foes Edmonton and Vancouver

Quote of the month: Fear has been here since Adam and Eve. He was afraid to take a bite out of the apple, but he took it, and, well, look what happened to him. All players have it to a degree. You think big Sammy (Dave Semenko) used to sit before a game in the old Oilers days and say 'Geez, I've got to fight that Willi Plett tonight.' You bet he did. There was fear there, I'm sure. But, hey, you deal with it. He did.
-- Oilers skipper Pat Quinn

Stat of the month: The Flames were 3-0 in games in which they surrendered 40 shots.

Individual stat of the month: No wonder his back is sore -- Nikolai Khabibulin of the injury-riddled Oilers faced 33.4 shots per 60 minutes in six November games. His division counterparts had life relatively easy: Craig Anderson (30.9), Kiprusoff (28.4), Roberto Luongo (28.3) and Niklas Backstrom (27.5).

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Lefebvre is in that awkward stage of hockey following -- old enough to fondly remember the Cleveland Barons and too set in his ways to accept charity points and games where there's a winner but apparently no loser. As a long-time ink-stained wretch, he's also a firm believer in the old Bobby Knight quote about journalists: "All of us learn to write in second grade, but most of us go on to better things."
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#1 Hemmercules
December 01 2009, 08:58AM
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Lol, these Lefebvre articles don't seem to get alot of action here at ON.

To sum up the article: Flames rule, Vancouver is good, Minny getting better, Avs not as good anymore, Oilers are crap.

~I wonder why no one is reading/responding???~

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#3 Hemmercules
December 01 2009, 09:48AM
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Jean Lefebvre wrote:

Mostly, it's because of the shocking shortage of cool livestock photos.

Get out the photoshop and put Tambellini's head on anything. They will flock to the article in that case.

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#4 Dan the Man
December 01 2009, 10:20AM
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It shouldn't be long before Jokinen disappears again....

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#5 Ogden Brother
December 01 2009, 10:41AM
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Don't remind me.

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#6 I'm a Scientist!
December 01 2009, 10:49AM
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I like this summary of the month...actually, i hate it because it shows that in November the moustached oilers sucked more than a Ron Jeremy movie.

The Quinn Quote is pretty epic though! Where does he come up with this stuff?!?

*goes to wikipedia to learn more about Adam and Eve...dangerously mixing science with religion*

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#7 Ryan Lambert
December 01 2009, 01:22PM
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Hemmercules wrote:

Lol, these Lefebvre articles don't seem to get alot of action here at ON.

To sum up the article: Flames rule, Vancouver is good, Minny getting better, Avs not as good anymore, Oilers are crap.

~I wonder why no one is reading/responding???~

To be fair he's not wrong on any counts.

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#8 RossCreekNation
December 01 2009, 01:35PM
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@Hemmercules

Truth Hurts, eh?

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#9 Hemmercules
December 01 2009, 01:52PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Truth Hurts, eh?

Us Oiler fans already know the truth, we don't need to hear it from Flamers, lol.

*sigh*

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#10 RossCreekNation
December 01 2009, 02:00PM
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@Hemmercules

~Cause if/when the reverse is/was true, you's guys wouldn't be ramming it down our throats... right?~

;-)

I actually request a reintroduction from Mr. Lefebvre to The Nations. Just so we can all get to know who Jean is and what he's done. I am not all too familiar with his body of work and am sure most @ ON are even less familar. Good work Jean! (No matter what ~Whiff~coff Hemmercules says)

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#11 Scuba Steve
December 01 2009, 07:43PM
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@Hemmercules

The great thing is, your comment and Lefebvre's reply has now tripled (do the math) the comments posted on both CanuckArmy and FlamesNation combined.

So, yes, his articles do get a lot of action here.

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#12 Craig Wark
December 02 2009, 01:45AM
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Only positive comments are allowed on this blog, that's why the number is so low.

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#13 Flames Fan
December 04 2009, 01:32AM
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#12 plays hockey in a way I appreciate.

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