A JUDGE in Torrance, Calif., ruled yesterday that there is enough evidence against Slava Voynov for the Los Angeles Kings defenseman to stand trial on a felony domestic violence charge. Voynov's wife told police that he hit, choked and pushed her into a television in their bedroom during a fight in October, an officer testified at a preliminary hearing.
Voynov listened to the testimony of Redondo Beach Police Officer Gregory Wiist with the help of a Russian interpreter but did not speak during the proceedings. He has pleaded not guilty to one felony count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury and will be re-arraigned on the charge on Dec. 29.
Wiist was the sole witness during the hearing. He said Voynov's wife told him that her husband began arguing at a Halloween party on Oct. 19 and their fight continued at their Redondo Beach home.
Wiist said Voynov's wife, Marta Varlamova, told him that her husband choked her repeatedly, punching her in the face and pushing her into a flat screen TV. The television opened a cut over Varlamova's left eye that required eight stitches, Wiist testified.
In the couple's bedroom, Wiist said he saw blood on a comforter, a bloody handprint and blood on the floor.
Wiist said Varlamova told him her husband first hit her in the face while at a Halloween party hours after the Kings won an afternoon game.
Superior Court Judge Hector M. Guzman rejected a motion by Voynov's attorney, Craig Renetzky, to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor or dismiss the case.
* Dallas Eakins was fired as coach of the Edmonton Oilers, who have lost 15 of 16 games and are well on the way to missing the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.
General manager Craig MacTavish will coach the team until the job is given to Todd Nelson, who is being promoted to interim head coach from Edmonton's American Hockey League affiliate in Oklahoma City.
The Oilers went 36-63-14 under Eakins in parts of two seasons, including 7-19-5 this year.
* The Pittsburgh Penguins said forward Beau Bennett has symptoms of mumps and the team is awaiting test results before making a diagnosis.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby was diagnosed over the weekend and missed last night's game against Tampa Bay.
* At Pittsburgh, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots, Bryan Rust and Brian Dumoulin scored their first NHL goals and the Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2.
* At Uniondale, N.Y., Josh Bailey scored the winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout, and the Islanders rallied in the third period for the second straight game and beat New Jersey, 3-2.