Stanley Cup Playoffs

Vancouver Canucks players celebrate a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the third period of an NHL hockey qualifying round game, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
August 09, 2020 - 3:41 pm
Derek Stepan gave some words of advice to his Arizona Coyotes teammates not used to the bright lights of playoff hockey. “It’s the best time of the year to be playing,” he said. The time of year is different than usual, but the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs haven't lost any of their luster or penchant...
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The Dallas Stars celebrate their win over the St. Louis Blues in a shootout during NHL hockey Stanley Cup qualifying round game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday Aug. 9, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
August 09, 2020 - 3:33 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Joe Pavelski tied it with 31.4 seconds left in the third period, Anton Khudobin stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in round-robin play Sunday to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. After Denis...
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), right wing T.J. Oshie (77), center Nicklas Backstrom (19), defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) and defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9) celebrate Oshie's goal against the Boston Bruins during first-period NHL hockey Stanley Cup qualifying round game action in Toronto, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 09, 2020 - 12:04 pm
TORONTO (AP) — T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson scored, Braden Holtby made 30 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 in round-robin play Sunday to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and set up a first-round matchup against former coach Barry Trotz's New York Islanders. “...
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Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) celebrates the game tying goal as Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) and Blue Jackets defenceman David Savard (58) react during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 08, 2020 - 4:22 pm
No team in NHL history with a chance to win a playoff series had blown a three-goal lead in the final four minutes. Until the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. The Toronto Maple Leafs scored three goals in 3:34 and another in overtime to stun the Blue Jackets and force a deciding Game 5 of the...
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Minnesota Wild's Ryan Hartman (38) and Vancouver Canucks' Jake Virtanen (18) fight during the first period of an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press via AP)
August 08, 2020 - 2:42 pm
The Toronto Maple Leafs' season was hanging by a thread from one of Jason Spezza's gloves when he dropped them to the ice to fight Dean Kukan. “I just tried to spark the guys, just trying to show some desperation and have some push-back,” Spezza said after Toronto's emotional comeback victory...
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New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) gets stick tripped by Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) during the first period NHL Stanley Cup Playoff qualifying round hockey game in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 08, 2020 - 12:27 am
TORONTO (AP) — Mathew Barzal can appreciate how the New York Islanders’ identity is built around being defensively sound. In centering New York’s top line, Barzal also knows it’s his role to contribute on offense, too. Acknowledging it took him a few games to find a groove following the NHL’s 4 1/2...
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Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) makes the save as Chicago Blackhawks' Alex Nylander (92) and Oilers' Oscar Klefbom (77) battle for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
August 07, 2020 - 6:59 pm
Edmonton, Alberta (AP) — Brandon Saad, Matthew Highmore and Dominik Kubalik scored and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Edmonton 3-2 on Friday, knocking the Oilers out of the postseason tournament. The Blackhawks won the best-of-five qualifying series 3-1. Chicago advances to the round of 16. Josh...
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Montreal Canadiens left wing Artturi Lehkonen (62) celebrates his game and series winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammates Shea Weber (6) and Paul Byron (41) during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
August 07, 2020 - 5:02 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins entered their qualifying round matchup against Montreal healthy but wary. Optimistic but guarded. While they'd shown plenty of grit during a regular season that featured extended absences by high-profile names on their star-laden roster, in a short series...
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Arizona Coyotes' Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
August 07, 2020 - 4:03 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes got a reprieve when the postseason was expanded for the NHL's restarted season, only to face the distraction of their general manager resigning right before leaving for Edmonton. More adversity hit when Nashville sent Game 4 of the Stanley Cup qualifier...
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New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 07, 2020 - 1:27 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The New York Islanders like to rely on defenseman Ryan Pulock's blistering point shot to help generate offense. On Friday, they advanced to the first round of the NHL playoffs courtesy of Pulock using his stick to make a clutch defensive play and secure a preliminary round series-...
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