- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy39 mins ago
No. 1 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Recorded his second hat trick of the year to propel the Ducks to a 4-1 win over the Sabres. Perry is now tied for the NHL lead in goal scoring with the Rangers’ Rick Nash.
No. 2 Star: Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers
One goal and two assists for the Flyers forward in a tough, rivalry game, a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh. Couturier also won 56 percent of his face offs.
No. 3 Star: Ben Scrivens, Edmonton Oilers
Made 32 saves on 34 shots on goal by the powerful Capitals attack to help the Oilers to their second straight win. Scrivens had to be on his guard all night as Edmonton was also out-Corsi’d by the Caps 66-36.
Honorable mention: Edmonton’s Nikita Nikitin ripped a point blast past Caps netminder Braden Holtby for the Oilers game-winner … Philly’s R.J. Umberger notched a ‘Gordie Howe Hat Trick’ with a goal, an assist and a fight … Ducks forward Ryan Kesler scored a goal and won 67 percent of his face offs… Anaheim Goaltender Frederik Andersen improved to 26-5-0 to start his NHL career with a win over the Sabres.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
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.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
As the Slava Voynov issue continues to twist and turn -- our Nick Cotsonika has updates from Voynov's attorney and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly -- there is still a hockey component for Voynov's indefinite suspension by the league under suspicion of domestic violence.
At the time of Voynov's suspension, which was announced Monday, the Kings had five healthy defensemen without Voynov, as it was believed defenseman Jake Muzzin was out with an upper body injury sustained in the preseason.
Well, Muzzin is out no longer! Per Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com, Muzzin said he's not 100 percent, but good to go for Thursday's game against Buffalo, which brings the Kings up to six defensemen.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
[Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn't tell you anything you didn't know. Who's hot, who's not, who cares? For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.]
7. Big effin' surprises
“What do you mean the Jets suck?”
This is, somehow, something that's being said in Winnipeg.
See, the Jets won just one of their first five games, which obviously isn't an ideal number. And in those games, they've scored just eight times, and simultaneously allowed 15 goals. A surefire recipe for disaster there, no doubt about it. But the thing is, people in Winnipeg seem shocked by this.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Wednesday morning's tragic events in Ottawa -- where a gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial, shooting a solider standing guard before driving a car to the doors of Parliament Hill, have sparked responses from the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Both teams were supposed to play Wednesday evening at the Canadian Tire Centre in nearby Kanata, but the NHL has postponed the game.
Below is a statement from the Maple Leafs:
“The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of all affected by the tragic events in downtown Ottawa today. The Club supports the National Hockey League’s decision to postpone tonight’s scheduled meeting with the Ottawa Senators.
We have been witness today to some terrible events but are thankful to those brave men and women for their tireless service in protecting everyone’s safety.”
- Nicholas J. Cotsonika at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Kings supported the NHL’s suspension of defenseman Slava Voynov after his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. But general manager Dean Lombardi also had a number of questions about the mechanics of the situation.
Voynov is suspended from team activities indefinitely with pay. So what is the timing of the NHL’s investigation? How does that relate to the criminal investigation? What is the impact on the Kings’ salary cap? The Kings have six healthy defensemen now that Jake Muzzin is ready to return to the lineup, but they have little cap room if someone gets hurt.
Team and league officials held a conference call Tuesday. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly responded to questions from Yahoo Sports in an e-mail Wednesday:
Q: Is there any more clarity on the timing? Will he remain suspended as long as the legal process plays out? Will the league hold a hearing — and make a determination — before that?
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• Chris Johnston on the Pandora’s box the NHL may have opened with the suspension of Slava Voynov. [Sportsnet]
• Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Marc-Andre Fleury’s future: "As long as I'm GM here, he's my goalie.” [ESPN]
• Nick Cotsonika on the New York Islanders wanting to give Nassau Coliseum a memorable send-off. [Yahoo]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
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 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!
- Nicholas J. Cotsonika at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
The lawyer for Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov said he believes his client did not commit a crime and should be reinstated by the NHL.
Voynov was suspended from team activities indefinitely with pay Monday after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence by Redondo Beach police. He has not been charged. Police are investigating.
Craig Renetzky, Voynov’s lawyer, said he interviewed the woman involved for more than an hour Tuesday with his own interpreter and his own investigator. Renetzky said Voynov was not present at the interview, but he and the woman are currently together again. He said his client had not spoken to the NHL yet.
In short, Renetzky confirmed the woman was injured. But he said it was an accident and Voynov did not hit her. He said a language barrier led to miscommunication when police spoke to the woman at the hospital. He declined to give details.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 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.