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4 things sports fans are talking about tonight

In between bites of Halloween candy, here are 4 things sports fans are talking about tonight on the final evening of October.

Some HNIC treats, World Series ghosts in the air

Phil Kessel didn't score for Pittsburgh in his first game against the Leafs, but returns to the Air Canada Centre with the Penguins for the first time since being traded. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In between bites of Halloween candy, here are 4 things sports fans are talking about tonight on the final evening of October.

Return of Phil Kessel

Phil Kessel makes his first return to the Air Canada Centre as the Penguins visit the Maple Leafs with both teams needed to rev up their offence. Kessel's Penguins won the first matchup of the year in Pittsburgh, 2-1, but Phil, who scored 181 goals in half a dozen seasons with the Leafs, was held off the scoresheet.

Also of note, the second Battle of Alberta has the Flames visiting the Oilers in Hockey Night in Canada's second half of the doubleheader. Edmonton won the first meeting, 5-2 in Calgary, with the Oilers' Connor McDavid, leading the way with two goals and an assist.

Ghosts of 1986 for Mets

Replaying the script from 1986 when the Mets last won the World Series, the current edition of the Metropolitans used strong pitching from Noah Syndergaard and the home run power of David Wright and Curtis Granderson to climb back into the World Series, now trailing the KC Royals two wins to one.

The ghosts of 1986 forecast a Mets' win in Game 4 (by four runs if they're following the script) tonight. Will the three innings that Royals' starter Chris Young pitched in Game 1 Tuesday come back to haunt him as he starts against Mets' rookie Steven Matz Saturday on three days rest?

Brad Gushue's curling comeback

During the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Curling Masters event in Truro, N.S. St. John's skip Brad Gushue slipped on the ice and fell, striking his forehead hard on the ice. Bloodied, but unbowed Gushue was attended to alongside the ice sheet and came off the ice with a towel around his head. He went to a hospital across the street from the rink and received stitches. Gushue returned in time for the seventh end and immediately joined his mates on the ice with his fresh stitches and a rapidly colouring eye.

Despite Gushue's courageous return, his rink couldn't come all the way back, dropping a 5-2 decision. They had been 4-0 to that point in the tournament.

CBC TV and cbcsports.ca have live coverage of the men's final on Sunday at noon ET.

Canadians earn short track silvers

Canada won two silver medals on the first of two days of finals at the World Cup short track speed skating event at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal. Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que. finished second in the women's 1500 metre race, behind Korea's Shim Suk Hee. In the women's 1000 metre final Marianne St-Gelais placed second behind Korea's Choi Minjeong.

Six more finals will be contested Sunday and streamed live at cbcsports.ca beginning at 1 p.m.ET.

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