Professional hockey

NBA referees march in support of players seeking an end to racial injustice in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Their march came shortly before players met to decide on restarting the season after three games were postponed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Brian Mahoney)
Associated Press
August 27, 2020 - 6:31 pm
Moved by the videotaped shooting of Jacob Blake, many professional athletes — some who had previously donned Black Lives Matter T-Shirts and knelt for the national anthem to protest racial injustice — made a more dramatic statement. They refused to play. NBA players led the way Wednesday and...
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Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) has his helmet strap caught on his nose as a scuffle breaks out against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period of an NHL hockey Eastern Conference Stanley Cup first round playoff game in Toronto, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
August 27, 2020 - 3:33 pm
The NHL postponed two days of playoff games Thursday after withering criticism from Black players who said the league was slow to acknowledge the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. The joint decision to put off games Thursday and Friday was reached by the league and the NHL Players’...
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Colorado Avalanche's Kevin Connauton (7), Nazem Kadri (91) and Andre Burakovsky (95) celebrate a goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
August 26, 2020 - 11:43 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Nazem Kadri scored the go-ahead goal with 6:06 remaining in a wild third period as the Colorado Avalanche regrouped to beat the Dallas Stars 6-4 in Game 3 on Wednesday night. Dallas has a 2-1 advantage in the second-round series. Game 4 will be Friday. Leading 3-1 in the...
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An End Racism sign is displayed before Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series between the Colorado Avalanche and the Dallas Stars, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
August 26, 2020 - 10:26 pm
NHL players are discussing options to protest racial injustice after the NBA and other professional sports leagues postponed games, according to a person with knowledge of those talks. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity early Thursday because those discussions were...
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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins with teammates during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
August 26, 2020 - 9:08 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Ondrej Palat, Mikhail Sergachev and Alex Killorn scored power-play goals Wednesday night to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 7-1 rout of the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of their second-round NHL playoff series. Killorn added a second goal and Yanni Gourde, Brayden Point and Nikita...
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Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Philippe Myers (5) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with teammates during overtime in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game against the New York Islanders in Toronto, Ontario, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 26, 2020 - 5:29 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Phillippe Myers scored 2:40 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday, tying the second-round playoff series at a game apiece. The Islanders overcame a 3-0 first-period deficit, with Jean-Gabriel Pageau getting the tying goal...
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Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak makes a glove save on the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 26, 2020 - 3:38 pm
Even though Anton Khudobin left a backup goaltending role with Boston for a similar position with the Stars, he walked into the Dallas locker room looking like a starter. Jaroslav Halak left a net-sharing situation with the Islanders for what appeared to be a backup job with the Bruins and quickly...
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Arizona Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson reacts to the team's loss to the Colorado Avalanche in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 26, 2020 - 11:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL on Wednesday stripped the Arizona Coyotes of their 2020 second-round pick and 2021 first-round pick for violating the scouting combine policy by conducting physical tests of draft-eligible players. Commissioner Gary Bettman determined the organization broke the rules by...
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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) scores the winning goal on Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) during overtime of an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game in Toronto, Ontario, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
August 25, 2020 - 10:51 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The pressure of overtime hardly fazes the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have been as resilient as any team in the NHL playoffs. Ondrej Palat scored less than five minutes into yet another extra period for the second-seeded Lightning, who beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday to even their...
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Vegas Golden Knights' Reilly Smith (19) jumps as the puck goes past Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
August 25, 2020 - 10:15 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Bo Horvat scored twice, and Tyler Toffoli and Elias Pettersson each had a goal and two assists to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night, evening their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece. Tanner Pearson...
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