Devils-Senators Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:46:28 PDT)
A national tragedy put the Ottawa Senators' winning streak on hold - and in a much different perspective. Before facing the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, the Senators will hold what figures to be an emotional tribute to honor the Canadian soldiers who lost their lives earlier this week. Ottawa (4-1-0) had won four in a row before a scheduled meeting with Toronto on Wednesday was postponed because of shootings in the Canadian capital. Earlier that day, a gunman killed a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial, then stormed Parliament before being shot dead.
Benn, Spezza score in SO, Stars edge Devils (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:22:32 PDT)
Once Dallas got New Jersey to a shootout, it was all over for the Devils. Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn scored in the tiebreaker, and Dallas beat New Jersey 3-2 on Friday night, extending the Devils' NHL record for shootout losses to 18 straight. It didn't appear as if he had to stop any in the shootout, with Mike Cammalleri's shot going over the net on the first attempt and Jaromir Jagr losing control of the puck on the second. ''You have to score,'' Devils coach Pete DeBoer said ''You've got Benn and Spezza coming down for them the first two shooters.
Rangers-Canadiens Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:36:53 PDT)
The Montreal Canadiens lost the Eastern Conference finals to the New York Rangers last season, but Carey Price's series ended in Game 1 after a collision with Chris Kreider. Price will be back between the pipes on Saturday night as the conference-leading Canadiens face Kreider and the Rangers for the first time since being ousted from the playoffs. Price was integral in getting Montreal to the East finals last season, going 8-3 with a 2.15 goals-against average through the first two rounds of the postseason. Price, who is 5-1-0 with a 2.96 GAA this season, isn't dwelling on the incident with Kreider or losing the series to the Rangers.
Bruins-Maple Leafs Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:36:59 PDT)
After having to move past the Johnny Boychuk trade that occurred just four days before the season, the Boston Bruins have now learned they'll spend an extended stretch without their top defenseman. The Toronto Maple Leafs, meanwhile, are happy just to get back on the ice. The visiting Bruins hope to continue the success they've had over the past three seasons against the rival Maple Leafs on Saturday night when they play their first game without injured All-Star Zdeno Chara. Boston (4-5-0) moved Boychuk in a trade to the New York Islanders on Oct. 4 for salary-cap reasons, leaving a hole in a unit that ranked second at 2.09 goals-against per game last season.
National Hockey League roundup
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:42:43 PDT)
(The Sports Xchange) - Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will miss four to six weeks because of a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The defenseman was injured in the first period of his team's 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday night. General manager Peter Chiarelli said surgery is not expected. "This is completely different, isolated from other ligaments that are more critical of the maneuvering of the knee," Chiarelli said. "So the good news is it's isolated to that. ...
Senators, Canadiens, Leafs pay tribute to soldiers (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:37:27 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will hold coordinated tributes Saturday night to honor the Canadian soldiers who lost their lives during shootings this week. The tributes will be before games at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, the Bell Centre in Montreal and Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The Senators said Friday the teams will show appreciation for the men and women whose actions stopped the attackers and aided victims.
Habs, Leafs, Senators to hold coordinated tribute to fallen soldiers (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:50:46 PDT)
Since the tragic events in Ottawa on Wednesday , we’ve seen tributes all throughout the hockey world, including some American rinks featuring the singing of “O Canada” before games, plus players Tweeting out their condolences and sending prayers and strength to Canada’s capital. The Ottawa Senators will be playing their first home game since the events unfolded when they host the New Jersey Devils Saturday night. It will be a very emotional scene inside Canadian Tire Centre when the national anthem is sung. Before the 7 p.m. ET puck drop, the Senators, along with the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, who are also be playing at home, will hold a coordinated tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. From Senators owner Eugene Melnyk : “As we continue to reflect on the tragic circumstances surrounding the deaths of two our country’s soldiers on Canadian soil, we do so with heavy hearts” said Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “But what doesn’t break us, makes us stronger. Today our country stands more united than ever and so does the entire NHL family. We are very pleased to join forces with the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs in coordinating a unique and special tribute prior our game on Saturday in honour and recognition of these two brave soldiers, their families and all members of our Canadian military.” Also on Saturday night, one of the Senators’ minor league affiliates will be doing a tribute of their own. The ECHL’s Evansville IceMen were planning to unveil jerseys resembling the Senators’ current alternates later in the season, but what happened in Ottawa this week caused them to move up the debut date to this Saturday:
Varlamov says groin healed, will start vs. Canucks (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:36:47 PDT)
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov says he's healed from a groin injury and will start Friday night against Vancouver. In a video on the team's website, Varlamov told reporters after practice Thursday that he feels good. Reto Berra started against the Senators, but left the game after he was knocked over. Rookie goalie Calvin Pickard finished that game and started another before Berra returned to the net.
Senators' contest rescheduled to November 9
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:04:31 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators home game, which was postponed because of Wednesday's fatal shooting of a Canadian soldier guarding the National War Memorial cenotaph, has been rescheduled for November 9. The National Hockey League contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Center arena will begin at 6:00 pm Ottawa time. The gunman struck at the heart of Canada's government Wednesday, storming into the parliament's main Centre Block building after shooting and killing a soldier who was conducting a ceremonial guard at the nearby National War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The gunman was eventually shot dead by the assembly's sergeant-at-arms inside the Centre Block.
Maple Leafs back on ice day after Ottawa shooting (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:35:54 PDT)
The Maple Leafs were back on the ice a day after they were locked down in their hotel near the shootings in Ottawa. When news of the shooting broke, the Leafs were in the middle of normal game day preparations at the Westin Hotel, which adjoins the Rideau Centre mall across the street from the National War Memorial where Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed Wednesday. ''It definitely puts things into perspective and certainly way too young to go.'' The Maple Leafs were back home in Toronto for practice Thursday, memories still fresh of the scary scene a day earlier.
Postponed Leafs-Senators game set for Nov. 9 (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:29:34 PDT)
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The game between the Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs that was postponed because of the shooting in Ottawa has been rescheduled for Nov. 9.
Wild extend Coyle; Crawford to miss Blackhawks trip; Noora Raty makes history (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:17:58 PDT)
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NHL: Postponed Ottawa game rescheduled for November 9
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:36:39 PDT)
(Reuters) - A game between the host Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs that was postponed because of shootings in the Canadian capital has been rescheduled for Nov. 9, the National Hockey League said on Thursday. The game, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was postponed hours after a gunman killed a soldier and raced through Canada's parliament earlier in the day before being shot dead. ...
Fantasy top 30 goalies: Hot start for Ducks' Andersen (NHL)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:00:00 PDT)
Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to trending players and more, Goldman will be your go-to guy for fantasy goalie advice all season long.
Dose: The Human Element (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:48:00 PDT)
Considering all the numbers flying around in fantasy, it's easy to dismiss real, human factors that make an impact.
Perry has hat trick, Ducks beat Sabres 4-1 (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:05:46 PDT)
Corey Perry's fast start has mirrored that of the Anaheim Ducks, and Frederik Andersen's stingy goaltending has been equally beneficial. Perry had his second hat trick of the season and the two-time defending Pacific Division champions beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory. The 2011 MVP and three-time All-Star has eight goals in his first seven games - including three in the Ducks' opening-night loss at Pittsburgh. I'm shooting the puck and it's going in.'' Perry completed his seventh career hat trick with 1:25 left, scoring into an empty net after beating Michal Neuvirth on a one-timer from the high slot with 2:43 remaining.
NHL game postponed after Ottawa shooting
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:18:40 PDT)
The National Hockey League game between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed following the fatal shooting of a soldier in the Canadian capital. "The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, scheduled for tonight at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, has been postponed," the NHL said in a statement. "The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy and prayers to all affected by the tragic events in Ottawa."
Timeout as Canadians digest day of terror
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:54:51 PDT)
By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - A National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season game rarely holds any importance and a meeting between the Toronto Raptors and Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday held even less relevance as Canadians digested a day of terror. The exhibition contest in Toronto went on but a National Hockey League game in Ottawa between the home-town Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs did not after a morning of gunfire in the Canadian capital left two men dead and a city on edge. ...
Penguins, Flyers fans sing ‘O Canada’ in support of Ottawa after shootings (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:45:08 PDT)
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.
Penguins honor Canada with national anthem (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:27:38 PDT)
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins played ''O Canada'' before their game Wednesday night against Philadelphia to pay tribute to a Canadian soldier killed during an attack in Ottawa.
NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:21:54 PDT)
(The Sports Xchange) - The NHL postponed the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators after a series of shootings in downtown Ottawa on Wednesday. The shootings resulted in the death of a Canadian soldier who was stationed at the National War Memorial and a gunman at Parliament Hill's Center Block, according to Ottawa police officials. - - Forward Charlie Coyle and the Minnesota Wild reached agreement Wednesday in a five-year contract extension reported to be worth $16 million. ...
Islanders introduce new owners (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:06:18 PDT)
The new owners of the New York Islanders have a bold goal for the fallen franchise. ''Fifth ring,'' Jonathan Ledecky said. Ledecky and Scott Malkin were introduced at a news conference Wednesday afternoon at Nassau Coliseum, about three weeks after the sale was approved by the NHL. The pair will spend this season and next as the franchise's minority owners, then transitioning into the majority owners starting in 2016-17, with current owner Charles Wang taking a minority role.
Senators game postponed after Ottawa shootings
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:52:55 PDT)
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The National Hockey League postponed Wednesday's game between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs after shootings on Parliament Hill plunged the Canadian capital into chaos. Ottawa were scheduled to host the Maple Leafs at their home arena, about 25 km (15.5 miles) from the country's parliament buildings, at 8:00 p.m. EDT. A suspected gunman was shot dead in the parliament building on Wednesday, minutes after a soldier on guard at the National War Memorial was shot and fatally wounded. ...
NHL-Senators game postponed after Ottawa shootings
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:49:56 PDT)
* Senators next home game schedule for Saturday * Visiting Maple Leafs in lockdown at team hotel (Adds quotes and details) OTTAWA, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The National Hockey League postponed Wednesday's game between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs after shootings on Parliament Hill plunged the Canadian capital into chaos. Ottawa were scheduled to host the Maple Leafs at their home arena, about 25 km (15.5 miles) from the country's parliament buildings, at 7:00 p.m. ET (2300 GMT). "The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy and prayers to all affected by the tragic events in Ottawa," the league, said in a statement.
Maple Leafs and Senators react to shootings in Ottawa (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:25:22 PDT)
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. Both teams supported the NHL's decision. 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.” And below is the statment from Senators owner Eugene Melnyk: “We are shocked and deeply saddened by today’s tragic events on Parliament Hill and in downtown Ottawa. Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as well as with all Members of Parliament and staff who have had to manage through today’s difficult circumstances,” said Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “Hockey is certainly secondary to these type of tragic events and we know our fans stand alongside us with the league’s decision to postpone tonight’s game.” Obviously this is all gut-wrenching stuff. As our Nick Cotsonika noted on Twitter, there was no way the NHL could rightfully play the game Wednesday Per Kim Mackrael of the Globe and Mail , downtown Ottawa -- which is about 30 minutes from where the Senators play -- is still not secure, and people are still being told to stay inside and keep their doors locked. Senators and Maple Leafs players have already taken to Twitter to react to the situation. Makes me sad what's going on in Ottawa right now. Thoughts and prays to everyone involved. Everybody stay safe — Erik Karlsson (@ErikKarlsson65) October 22, 2014 Surreal scene outside of our hotel right now. Lot of very brave police officers we should all be very proud of. — Joffrey Lupul (@JLupul) October 22, 2014
Leafs-Senators game postponed after shootings (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:06:49 PDT)
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The NHL postponed Wednesday night's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Senators because of shootings in Ottawa.
Ice hockey NHL game postponed after Canada shooting
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:06:18 PDT)
Los Angeles (AFP) - The NHL ice-hockey game between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed following the shootings in the Canadian capital, a statement said.
Ottawa Senators home game postponed after Parliament shooting
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:34:44 PDT)
OTTAWA, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Wednesday's Ottawa Senators home game has been postponed by the National Hockey League after shooting incidents at the Canadian National War Memorial and nearby parliament building. Ottawa were scheduled to host the Toronto Maple Leafs at their home arena, about 25 km (15.5 miles) away from the parliament buildings, at 7:00 p.m. ET (2300 GMT). "The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy and prayers to all affected by the tragic events in Ottawa," the league, said in a statement. ...
NHL postpones Senators-Leafs after Ottawa shootings (Updated) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:29:55 PDT)
Maple Leafs-Senators Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:49:38 PDT)
Backed by solid goaltending and a bend-but-not-break defensive effort, the Ottawa Senators are one of the league's biggest surprises as they try to extend their best start in seven years.