Bryan Hetherwick bought a Russian-made Makarov handgun from the personal collection of a gun dealer in Mukilteo, about 25 miles north of Seattle, on the afternoon of Aug. NHL Jerseys 2020 . 5, then less than three hours later shot his grandson, Brennan, and then himself, police said. Police and gun control advocates concede that even if the dealer had been required to run a background check it is not likely he would have found anything that would have prevented him from selling Hetherwick the gun, because the man had never been committed to a mental hospital by court order. But the mans wife, Carolyn Hetherwick, said she believes the five-day waiting period that is required under Washington state law for handguns sold by dealers, but not by private sellers, would have given her mentally ill husband time for second thoughts. Every single weapon must need registration, she told ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle. The Hetherwicks had raised their grandson since he was 10 months old, and like his grandfather, Brennan had been diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder. At the time of the shooting, Bryan Hetherwick was severely depressed from lack of work, health problems, and from dealing with Brennans issues, his wife said. Knowing his wifes troubles with multiple sclerosis, hed spoken of suicide in the past, she told KOMO. What was the guy thinking when Bryan was so urgent to get this right away? Carolyn Hetherwick said, referring to the gun dealer. The man who sold Bryan Hetherwick the gun, Lyman Armey, told The Seattle Post-Intelligencer he saw nothing unusual in the mans behavior, and said there was nothing illegal about the transaction. He was never in my gun shop. It was a personal firearm, he told the newspaper. I didnt do anything illegal but I regret everything about it. Police agree that in legal terms, the gun dealer did nothing wrong. If the particular weapon is from a gun dealers personal collection and not from his business inventory, there are no checks. That means there is no waiting period, Monroe Police Chief Tim Quenzer told KOMO. Quenzer said he agrees with Carolyn Hetherwick that the laws need to be changed. The shootings occurred right outside the Monroe Police Department headquarters. It is not clear why Bryan Hetherwick chose that location, but in an interview with KOMO-TV the day after the tragedy, Carolyn Hetherwick tried to find some explanations for what happened. She said still couldnt understand how her husband could kill anyone, but she felt she knew what triggered it. Bryan Hetherwick was depressed and had been suicidal on and off ever since he lost his insurance job to corporate downsizing in Texas last June, she said. The couple had been hopeful when they moved to Washington earlier this summer, but he still couldnt find a job and he couldnt get health insurance coverage, she said. Even more devastating was the fact he couldnt find help for his grandson, she added. He worshipped Brennan, Carolyn Hetherwick said. Because of his bipolar disorder, Brennan needed special, expensive care, she explained. Who else needs help more if youre unemployed, disabled, you cant work and you have a child with special needs? she asked. I spent days on the phone just calling all these places and could not get a thing. The combination of his inability to find work and to get the care his wife and grandson needed seemed to put Bryan Hetherwick in a downward spiral, she said. Page 1 | 2 View Single Page Wholesale NHL Jerseys . A groundswell for raising the number of playoff qualifiers to seven in each conference figures to get plenty of support from the 32 owners. Most notably, Arizonas Bill Bidwill, who saw his Cardinals go 10-6 and not get in, while Green Bay (8-7-1) qualified by winning the NFC North. NHL Jerseys China . Mika Zibanejad and Jason Spezza scored in the shootout to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over Nashville on Saturday night. TORONTO -- Like it or not, the Toronto Maple Leafs are well-versed in the shootout. And unlike last season, thats actually a good thing for them. On Wednesday night at Air Canada Centre the Leafs made it through three periods and overtime yet again and managed to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 for their league-leading ninth shootout victory of the year. It was Torontos third straight win, and three of their past four overall have come via the shootout. Some how, some way, they keep getting there and have it to thank for a playoff position 49 games in. "I think if our team had a choice, wed try to end the game a bit earlier," said defenceman Morgan Rielly, who scored his first home goal this season. "But I think thats just an aspect of hockey nowadays. It just turns out that were pretty good at them." Only the Washington Capitals have gone to the shootout more times than the Leafs (24-20-5), who have showed a penchant for at least forcing overtime. They have just three regulation victories in their past 28 games, yet are right in the thick of the Eastern Conference race. "Obviously were fortunate this year that our record in the shootout is a real, strong positive for our hockey club," coach Randy Carlyle said. "Theres been a lot of extra points gained by it. If we can continue to find a way to get points, thats what our job is." Whereas the Leafs went 0 for 5 and rued shootouts during last years lockout-shortened 48-game season, they keep getting the job done this season. Against the Sabres on Wednesday night, James van Riemsdyk, Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak all scored and goaltender James Reimer stopped one of two attempts. Whether its Reimer or Jonathan Bernier, those shooters have experienced a lot of shootout success, so it has made sense for assistant coach Greg Cronin -- who fills out the lineup -- to keep going back to them. Lupul is six for seven, van Riemsdyk is six for nine and Bozak is three for five. "Think were confident in the guys that we can send out there to score goals and confident in our goalie," van Riemsdyk said. "We seem to have guys that are confident going in with their moves and the goaltenders are confident in the net. It makes it a good matchup in the shootout." The Sabres (13-27-6) dropped to 6-3 in shootouts this season but were thankful to get there thanks to Cody Hodgsons early-third-period, power-play goal and a strong penalty kill in overtime that included a good scoring chance for defenceman Tyler Myers. "That was huge," Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said of the penalty kill. "I thought Tyler Myers, his first game back was probably one of his best games all season long. He played with a little pizzazz. He played with some energy, and he was very aggressive." Goaltender Ryan Miller, who could again be the U.S. starter at the Sochi Olympics after leading the Americans to silver in Vancouver, was strong before the shootout in making 36 saves in regulation and overtime. He gave up goals to Olympic teammate Phil Kessel, Nikolai Kulemin and Rielly. Kessels was a pure goal-scorers goal, a perfect shot that went five-hole on Miller. NHL Jerseys. "He made a nice shot," Miller said. "I didnt see. Good for Phil. Get him going for the Olympics, I guess." In addition to Hodgson, Matt Ellis and Matt Moulson also scored for the Sabres. Moulsons goal at 6:34 of the second wasnt reviewed, though it took several replay angles to show it clearly went in the net. "It went in," Carlyle said. "It hit the webbing on the top. When it hit the bar, it went up and it went into the webbing and then came back down. The angle that the camera had made it difficult to determine if it actually crossed the line because the camera angle was at a bad angle to (see) it. But when you looked at it from where he was shooting it, from behind him, you can see the top of the webbing of the net went up, so that usually indicates its got to be in then net." Just before that, Buffalos Zemgus Girgensons had a quality chance on a second-period penalty shot, which Reimer stopped in what turned out to be more practice for the shootout. Not that Reimer needed it, as he improved to 4-0 in the shootout this season. "Personally Im not a huge fan of shootouts," Reimer said. "Its something I try to practise most days as much as I can. Shootouts are important points, and theyre huge come the end of the year. Obviously regulation wins are most important, but those points are priceless." Theyre especially valuable considering the thin line between the Leafs being in a good position nearing the Olympic break and having to play catch-up in late February, March and April. This was the 16th time Toronto got to at least overtime, which is a boat load of points earned before the game is even over. The Leafs have played 72 minutes and five seconds of overtime, more than an entire extra game. Torontos knack for surviving past the 60-minute mark is hard to explain. "Thats a good question," van Riemsdyk said. "Theres some games where we seem to get a lead and end up losing that lead or games where you battle back and go to the shootout. Its part of the game, and you just come with whats given." So while the Leafs have taken what theyve earned in shootouts, Miller and the Sabres were left to wonder about a point lost. "Unfortunately, I wasnt very good in the shootout," Miller said. "Thats the difference." Being so good in the shootout has made a major difference in the Leafs fortunes this season. "When you win them its a positive, when you lose them its a negative," Carlyle said. "Thats the bottom line. Thats what you play the game to gain points and to win, and a shootout gives you a win." NOTES -- Enforcer Colton Orr returned to Torontos lineup after missing Tuesdays game in Boston with the flu, which has affected several players. Frazer McLaren was scratched to make room for Orr. ... Sabres forward Matt DAgostini left the game early in the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return. DAgostini skated just three shifts for 2:19, and Nolan said he expects him to be out for "a little while." ... This was the fifth and final meeting between the Leafs and Sabres this season. ' ' '