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Varly is healed, Avs are saved!

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.

The Leafs were across the street when Ottawa was attacked two days ago. They heard the gunfire from their hotel rooms.

The Toronto Maple Leafs had come to Ottawa two days ago to play a hockey game. But on Wednesday, some awoke to the sounds of gunfire. Randy Carlyle, the team’s head coach, had his mid-morning walk interrupted by an announcement to evacuate a nearby mall and find a safe space. Players spent the day huddled inside a hotel room and peering out the window, watching the events unfold like it was some television show.

“It was kind of surreal,” Carlyle said. “It was so close. I was actually in the mall walking when they came across the PA and said there was an evacuation in place and for people to evacuate. I went into the hotel and saw what was going on. It was a lot closer than you thought about.”

The Leafs were staying at The Westin Ottawa Hotel, which is across the street from the War Memorial where Corporal Nathan Cirillo was shot dead on Wednesday morning. None of the players witnessed the incident, but several said they could hear gunshots.

Kane is recovering and should be able to skate shortly.

“Evander Kane is progressing quite well, to the point where we have an expectation here in the next few days that he’ll be back on IR (injured reserve) skates,” Paul Maurice. “Non main group skates, so nobody runs into a guy.

“But he’ll be back on the …read more