Stanley Cup Playoffs

New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) scores against Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) during second-period NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game action in Toronto, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 05, 2020 - 11:03 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Coach Barry Trotz has spent the past two seasons attempting to instill a team-first, all-in identity with the New York Islanders. No more was that evident than Saturday night, when the Islanders handily confronted their biggest test of the year — decades perhaps — in beating the...
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Vancouver Canucks' Antoine Roussel (26) is checked by Vegas Golden Knights' William Carrier (28) during second-period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 05, 2020 - 9:01 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Growing up in hockey, Zach Whitecloud learned an important lesson: Winning is hard, and it hurts to win. “It still resonates ever day with me,” the rookie Vegas defenseman said. “Every single game’s going to hurt no matter what." Whitecloud and the Golden Knights epitomize...
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Dallas Stars' Joe Pavelski (16), Alexander Radulov (47) and Jamie Benn (14) celebrate a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during third-period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 05, 2020 - 11:19 am
Jamie Benn has played in more postseason games for the Dallas Stars than anyone. Their captain has finally made it out of the second round. “Obviously we were in the exact same situation last year and came out on the wrong end of it,” Benn said. “It’s nice to get that win and move on." On to the...
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Dallas Stars celebrate their win over the Colorado Avalanche during overtime NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 04, 2020 - 6:59 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Joel Kiviranta completed a hat track 7:24 into overtime to give Dallas a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday in Game 7, sending the Stars to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2008. Kiviranta moved away from the crease just before his quick...
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Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson (40) celebrates a goal on Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner (90), next to Brayden McNabb (3) during the third period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Edmonton, Ontario. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 02, 2020 - 4:16 am
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — A couple of American kids made sure Canada’s last team standing in the NHL playoffs will play at least one more game. San Diego native Thatcher Demko made 42 saves in his first NHL playoff start, Minnesota’s Brock Boeser scored and assisted on the go-ahead goal and the...
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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrates his winning goal against the Boston Bruins with teammates Ondrej Palat (18), Patrick Maroon (14) and Alex Killorn (17) during the second overtime period of NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game action in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 01, 2020 - 3:20 am
Blake Coleman, Barclay Goodrow, Zach Bogosian. Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper calls them guys who have a little bit of dirt under their fingernails. And that tough trio of late-season acquisitions is part of the reason the Lightning are back in the Eastern Conference finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs...
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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrates his winning goal against the Boston Bruins with teammates Ondrej Palat (18), Patrick Maroon (14) and Alex Killorn (17) during the second overtime period of NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game action in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 01, 2020 - 1:07 am
TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning remained perfect in overtime and are headed to the NHL's Eastern Conference finals for the fourth time in six seasons. Victor Hedman scored with 5:50 left in the second overtime to give the Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins, ending their best-of-...
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Colorado Avalanche's Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (41) celebrates his goal with teammate Logan O'Connor (25) against the Dallas Stars during the first period of an NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff game, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 01, 2020 - 12:52 am
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare began a five-goal scoring spree in the first period and the Colorado Avalanche avoided second-round elimination with a 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars in Game 5 on Monday night. The Avalanche trail the Stars 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. They’...
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New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) celebrates his goal with teammates Anthony Beauvillier (18) and Josh Bailey (12) during the second period of an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 30, 2020 - 9:59 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Jean Gabriel Pageau scored the go-ahead goal 7:18 into the third period and the New York Islanders moved within one win of advancing to the Eastern Conference finals with a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night. Brock Nelson scored twice, both set up by Josh Bailey...
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Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, rear watches during the third period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 30, 2020 - 4:12 pm
With the Boston Bruins facing elimination against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Torey Krug thinks back to the 2019 playoffs to find a recipe for success. The Bruins went into Game 6 at the Toronto Maple Leafs on the brink of getting knocked out in the first round, gave up the first goal 10 minutes in...
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