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Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs game postponed after shootings

An Ottawa police officer runs with his weapon

An Ottawa police officer runs with his weapon drawn outside Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. Credit: AP / Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA -- The NHL postponed Wednesday night's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Senators because of shootings in Ottawa.

A gunman shot and wounded a Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital Wednesday, then entered Parliament, where dozens of shots rang out, according to police and witnesses.

The NHL said in a statement it "wishes to express its sympathy and prayers to all affected by the tragic events in Ottawa."

The game was scheduled at the Canadian Tire Centre in nearby Kanata.

The NHL said the date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.

The Leafs, who played the Islanders Tuesday night in New York, did not have a morning skate at Canadian Tire Centre.

A spokesman said the team was safe at its hotel, which is not far from Parliament Hill.

"Surreal scene outside of our hotel right now," Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul tweeted. "Lot of very brave police officers we should all be very proud of."

The Senators skated at Canadian Tire Centre, which is about 30 minutes from downtown.

In April 2013, the NHL postponed a game between the Bruins and Senators after the Boston Marathon bombing. Those teams played the game the day after the regular season ended.

"We are shocked and deeply saddened by today's tragic events on Parliament Hill and in downtown Ottawa," Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement. "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.

"Hockey is certainly secondary to these types of tragic events and we know our fans stand alongside us with the league's decision to postpone tonight's game."

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