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Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) is checked by Dallas Stars defenseman Andrej Sekera (5) during third-period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 25, 2020 - 4:56 pm
The Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers will look to rediscover their offensive prowess to avoid falling into deep holes in their conference semifinal series. The Avalanche go into Game 3 against the surging Dallas Stars (10:30 p.m. EDT, NBCSN) on Wednesday night after being outscored 10-5...
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A woman watches a hockey game on the big screen just outside the bubble at the NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 25, 2020 - 1:59 pm
Jon Cooper doesn't even need to talk to his players to know who is skating and who is resting on a non-game day. For his Tampa Bay Lightning and the other teams in the NHL playoffs, there are far more days with games. With the league trying to speed through this unusual postseason, every second-...
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Dallas Stars' Alexander Radulov (47) celebrates a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during second-period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
August 24, 2020 - 11:08 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — From a goal off the chest to another that may have just crossed the line — depending who's asked — the Dallas Stars were getting the big bounces and breaks. That's what it takes this time of year. Alexander Radulov scored on a deflection off his upper chest as part of a...
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New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (3) levels Philadelphia Flyers center Derek Grant (38) during first-period NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game action in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
August 24, 2020 - 8:16 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The New York Islanders came out hot to begin their second-round playoff series against Philadelphia, creating numerous good chances and scoring an early goal. Semyon Varlamov did the rest. Varlamov stopped 29 shots for his second straight shutout, Andy Greene scored his first playoff...
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Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save on Tampa Bay Lightning center Barclay Goodrow (19) during the second period of an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game in Toronto, Ontario, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 24, 2020 - 2:53 pm
The Tampa Bay Lightning opened Game 1 against Boston on shaky ice, fumbling away pucks, turning it over in their own end, giving up a pair of early goals. Tampa Bay seemed to get better as the game went along and Victor Hedman cashed in with a pair of third-period goals, but the push came too late...
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FILE - Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski directs practice at the NFL football team's training facility Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Berea, Ohio. The NFL’s process to test for COVID-19 has raised questions and concerns, two-plus weeks before the league plans to kick off the season during a pandemic. BioReference Laboratories said Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 an isolated contamination caused 77 most likely false positive results at its lab in New Jersey. Stefanski had one of the false positive tests, triggering anxiety for him at home with his wife and three children when was informed. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
August 24, 2020 - 2:27 pm
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — In two-plus weeks, the NFL kicks off its season. That doesn't leave the league much time to resolve significant issues about its COVID-19 testing procedures. BioReference Laboratories, which is conducting tests for the league, said Monday an isolated contamination caused 77...
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Dallas Stars head coach Rick Bowness looks up to Dale Hawerchuk as he is honored before NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action against the Calgary Flames, in Edmonton, Alberta, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 24, 2020 - 7:53 am
The hotels might be posh, their amenities and service first rate, and yet life inside the NHL’s two playoff bubbles isn’t exactly glamorous. Having spent nearly a month cooped up at the tunnel-connected hotel-arena complex in Edmonton, Alberta, Rick Bowness acknowledged there’s times he’s had to...
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Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner (90) makes the save on Vancouver Canucks' Jake Virtanen (18) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey playoff second-round series Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta.. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
August 23, 2020 - 10:39 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Robin Lehner recorded his first career playoff shutout and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 Sunday night in the first game of their second round playoff series. Lehner turned aside 26 shots. Reilly Smith, Jonathan Marchessault, Alex Tuch, Mark Stone,...
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Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak, second from left, makes a save against Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) as Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) defends during first-period NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game action in Toronto, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
August 23, 2020 - 9:34 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Brad Marchand says it's no coincidence the Boston Bruins are starting to look like the team that led the NHL regular season with 100 points and 44 wins. After floating through the preliminary seeding round a few weeks ago, the President's Trophy-winning Bruins have flipped the switch...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020 file photo, Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils in Washington. The Washington Capitals have fired Reirden after a second consecutive first-round exit in the playoffs. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the move Sunday, Aug. 23 three days after the Capitals lost to former coach Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders in a five-game series. (AP Photo/Al Drago, File)
Associated Press
August 23, 2020 - 12:51 pm
Back-to-back early playoff exits were enough to make the Washington Capitals realize they made a mistake. In the two years since promoting top assistant Todd Reirden instead of giving Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz a raise, they've been knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. On...
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