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Colorado Avalanche: News From Around the NHL October 23rd, 2014

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Doug Pensinger

Hockey is a classy sport. Pittsburgh had their anthem sing Oh Canada! after the attack, and death, of a soldier at a memorial site in Ottawa.(Link to video included, but not automatic)

They don't need to play the "O Canada!" before tonight's Penguins vs. Flyers game in Pittsburgh, but in light of Wednesday's tragic events in Ottawa, it's a wonderful move by the home team to perform both anthems prior to the contest.

The game will be broadcast nationally in Canada on Sportsnet 360. Let's hope the anthems are televised so Canadians can see the support.

The game in Ottawa vs the Leafs was cancelled.

The NHL has postponed Wednesday night’s game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata following the shootings at Parliament Hill and in downtown Ottawa.

The NHL says the date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date. Thursday had been suggested as a possible date, but the Leafs said they would be leaving Ottawa on Wednesday afternoon.

Nemeth will be out for the season due to an arm laceration.

Nemeth was injured in the first period of the Stars' 6-5 overtime loss when he was cut by Flyers forward R.J. Umberger's skate and had surgery Sunday.

"It was a real severe laceration," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "When I say severe, it's probably an understatement. I don't want to go into detail because I don't know exactly … first and foremost I hope for his sake it's a full recovery."

Voynov's attorney says that the domestic violence altercation was an issue with poor translation.

Slava Voynov’s attorney says the Los Angeles Kings defenceman never hit his girlfriend, and he blames Voynov’s arrest on a misunderstanding partly caused by the couple’s limited English.

Craig Renetzky is hopeful the NHL will end Voynov’s indefinite suspension after reviewing the events that led to Voynov’s arrest at a hospital near his home.

“From everything they’ve both said to me, this didn’t amount to a crime,” Renetzky said. “I think when the police understand what happened, their impression will be quite different.”

Renetzky interviewed Voynov and his girlfriend extensively with help from a Russian interpreter. Without providing specific details, Renetzky said Voynov’s girlfriend’s injury resulted from “an accident.”

“Slava never hit her,” Renetzky said. “She was injured, but it’s not a result of Slava punching her or anything remotely like that.”

Malarchuk has written a book, and in it he reflects on his on-ice near-death experience.

The scar on the right side of Clint Malarchuk’s neck is still visible. It’s there for everyone to see on the cover of his new book.

Hockey fans will always remember Malarchuk as the NHL goaltender who nearly died in 1989 after a skate blade sliced his jugular vein. He knows that.

“It’s my claim to fame,” Malarchuk said. “There’s a lot of goalies in my kind of category that weren’t the elite, but I’m remembered, even if it’s for the infamous accident.”

But in The Crazy Game: How I Survived the Crease and Beyond, Malarchuk opens up about the post-traumatic stress disorder that infamous accident caused, his obsessive compulsive disorder, alcoholism and anxiety and a couple of other near-death experiences that he was fortunate to survive. He details battles in his head that made the chaos of hockey feel like a sanctuary.

The opening chapter of The Crazy Game, which was released Tuesday, ends with Malarchuk putting a gun in his mouth and pulling the trigger. Miraculously, he survived.