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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators were due to play on Wednesday night. They did not because downtown Ottawa came under siege earlier in the day, when a gunman shot and killed a solider at the National War Memorial before the gunman was shot and killed inside the Canadian Parliament building.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins did play on Wednesday night, and before the game fans at CONSOL Energy Center let Canadians know they’re in the thoughts and prayers of hockey fans.
They sang to a performance of “O Canada,” which isn’t played before games featuring two American teams despite the majority of players being Canadians.
Here's another vantage point from Sean Gentille of the Sporting News from the press box:
Truth be told, we were expecting one of those “anthem singer drops out to allow fans to carry the tune” moments, which he did during “The Star Spangled Banner” that followed. But it’s the thought that counts, and this was a truly thoughtful moment from these two rivals.
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It's a Wednesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Chris Johnston of Sportsnet talks Slava Voynov fallout and the postponement of the Leafs/Sens game.
• Two goalie interference calls worth debating.
• The Devils' new ticket plan hurts fans.
Question of the Day: Ask us anything! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
A gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on Wednesday morning, shooting a solider standing guard there before driving a car to the doors of Parliament Hill. Witnesses reported hearing gunfire from inside the building; the gunman was later reported dead, while the solider was being treated for injuries.
Ottawa police confirmed there were shootings in three different locations, sparking fears of a coordinated attack.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators were scheduled to face off tonight, and Canadian Tire Center is about 30 minutes outside of downtown Ottawa (without traffic). But at 1:25 p.m. ET, the NHL announced the game has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
The NHL postponed the Boston Bruins’ home game against the Senators on the day of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, announcing it two hours after the attack. Suspects were still at large at the time, and there were security concerns.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
As a goal scorer, Rick Nash has always dabbled in the extremes.
“I usually find myself a pretty streaky player. If they’re going in, they’re going in,” he said Tuesday night, after the New York Rangers rallied to beat the New Jersey Devils.
“If they’re not … they’re definitely not.”
They definitely weren’t last postseason. As the Rangers surged to the Stanley Cup Final, Nash’s goal-scoring was passing by on the other track, speeding in the opposite direction: Three goals in 25 games, and zero points in his last six games, five of them against the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings.
They definitely are this regular season. Nash has eight goals in seven games, having failed to score a goal vs. the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 16. He tallied again against the Devils, collecting a rebound and putting one by Cory Schneider to tie their game before Kevin Klein’s overtime game-winner.
“Half the battle has been getting the lucky bounces and I’ve been getting them so far,” he said.
“Puck Luck.” It’s a common rejoinder in an NHL locker room, explaining away bad streaks and humbly deflecting the work that goes into sparking the good ones.
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No. 1 Star: Kevin Klein, New York Rangers
Klein needed to do his goalie Henrik Lundqvist a solid after a few pucks had gone in off the defenseman this season, including one against the New Jersey Devils. So he gave Lundqvist the win with the third game-winner of his eight-season career, scoring at 2:18 of overtime to complete a Rangers rally for the 4-3 win.
No. 2 Star: Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Phil The Thrill led the Leafs’ rally on Long Island, scoring two goals and assisting on one by James van Riemsdyk as Toronto blew past the New York Islanders, 5-2.
No. 3 Star: Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning
Palat’s sweet backhand goal on a point blast from Anton Stralman gave the Bolts a 2-1 overtime victory against the Calgary Flames, as Evgeni Nabokov outdueled Karri Ramo.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
The Florida Panthers defeated the Colorado Avalanche in overtime on Tuesday night, 4-3, on a Brad Boyes goal. This result proves that the Hockey Gods have a sense of goodness and fairness, because the Panthers were nearly jobbed by an atrocious goalie interference penalty late in the third period.
Bjugstad made a brilliant move in the Avalanche zone, skating out from behind the net, turning and accelerating through the Colorado defense towards goalie Reto Berra. The goalie moved to the top of his crease and attempted a poke check. Bjugstad collided with his pad and flew through the air.
The result? Two minutes for goalie interference, a penalty that the Panthers would eventually kill.
The NHL rulebook, on goalie interference:
“Incidental contact with a goalkeeper will be permitted, and resulting goals allowed, when such contact is initiated outside of the goal crease, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.”
Or, if you prefer:
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Pavel Datsyuk returned to the Detroit Red Wings lineup on Tuesday night and did what Pavel Datsyuk does, which is score a ridiculous goal: Blazing speed into the Montreal Canadiens zone, a dangle to the middle, a spinning backhand perfectly placed past Carey Price.
Only it didn’t count.
Nor should it have counted, as per the NHL’s goalie interference rules and the real-time enforcement of them, without benefit of review.
Justin Abdelkader of the Red Wings parked himself next to Price, his skate near the crease. Price moved into his hip, attempting to defend the shot. And the goal was disallowed because of that contact.
Fox Sports Detroit announcers Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond went a little nuts, attempting to paint Price as the aggressor here. And he was, but it doesn't matter, as the NHL rules state:
“Goals should be disallowed only if: (1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal.”
Calling Nathan Horton’s back ailment an “injury” seems a bit flimsy in light of Aaron Portzline’s report on Monday that the Columbus Blue Jackets forward’s career might be over.
Horton has a “degeneration of the entire lumbar region of his spine or lower back” according to the Columbus Dispatch, and there’s growing concern that his career “might be finished.”
He signed a 7-year, $37.1-million free-agent contract with the Blue Jackets in 2013. That was after recovering from a concussion he suffered in Boston, and shoulder surgery that delayed the start of his season with Columbus.
Surgery on his back is an option, but by no means a guarantee that his back would improve. His agent, Paul Krepelka, said Horton is in “constant pain.”
The Blue Jackets will be covered by insurance for most of Horton’s salary — $6 million this season — once he misses the club’s 21st game of the season, on Nov. 25. Future seasons would work the same.
It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune joins us to talk Tampa Bay Lightning.
• More on the Voynov arrest.
• The return of Pavel Datsyuk.
• Taylor Hall's bold move.
Question of the Day: Now that Selanne is retired, who is The Pure Embodiment of Hockey Joy? Email email@example.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
Sunshine. Puppies. Pavel Datsyuk in the lineup.
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The Detroit Red Wings star will make his season debut on Tuesday night at the Montreal Canadiens, four weeks after suffering a separated shoulder. Johan Franzen, alas, is headed to seven-day injured reserve with a wonky groin to open up that spot for Datsyuk.
As Helene St. James of the Free Press notes, getting him back could mean very good things for the Red Wings’ offense:
Getting Datsyuk back surely would help an offense that so far has sputtered; the four goals scored Friday at Toronto mark the only time the Wings have topped two goals in a game. Saturday, they scored once — in overtime. The power play has been especially egregious, its 9.5% success rate reflecting two goals on 21 opportunities.
"We have to get more pucks to the net," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "We've been a little bit too stationary once we do enter the zone. We need to make sure we have more motion."