Stanley Cup Playoffs

Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) celebrates with center Patrice Bergeron (37) after scoring on Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) as Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81) watches 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 25, 2020 - 11:01 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 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)
August 24, 2020 - 12:39 am
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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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)
August 23, 2020 - 2:51 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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Dallas Stars' Alexander Radulov (47) celebrates his goal against Colorado Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz as Avalanche's Ian Cole (28) looks on during second-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 22, 2020 - 11:07 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The top line for the Dallas Stars finally came to life, stepping up after a quick turnaround for an impressive start in round two of the Western Conference playoffs. Stars captain Jamie Ben, Alexander Radulov and Tyler Seguin set the tone early, and piled on after that, in...
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A picture of Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak is displayed on a screen during the first period of a NHL first round Stanley Cup playoff game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins in Toronto, on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 22, 2020 - 5:31 pm
Mike Milbury is stepping away from broadcasting the rest of the NHL playoffs after his on-air comment that there were no women in the league's quarantined bubble to disrupt concentration drew widespread criticism. The former player, coach and general manager released a statement through NBC Sports...
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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) congratulates Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) after the Flyers defeated the Canadiens in an NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 22, 2020 - 1:57 am
Jill Biden tweeted a photo of a cardboard cutout of her husband and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wearing a Philadelphia Flyers jersey. There are plenty of high hopes for the fall out of one snapshot -- and the early returns look good for the Flyers. The Flyers took their hopeful...
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Vancouver Canucks' Antoine Roussel (26) scores against St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington (50) during second-period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 21, 2020 - 11:37 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks sent St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington to the bench early with three scores in a span of 6:03 in the second period, eliminating the defending champion Blues with a 6-2 victory in Game 6 of their first round series on Friday night. Blues coach Craig...
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New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) hits his head into the post after scoring on Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) as Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) and defenceman Brenden Dillon (4) look on during the second period period of an NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 21, 2020 - 2:31 am
Anthony Beauvillier paid the price for scoring when he absorbed a big hit from Tom Wilson into one of the goalposts. He shook off the pain and returned to the game. From start to finish, the play on Beauvillier's second goal in Game 5 Thursday night encapsulated the New York Islanders. They have...
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Calgary Flames' Rasmus Andersson (4) and goalie David Rittich try for the puck as Dallas Stars' Radek Faksa (12) puts it into the net during second-period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 21, 2020 - 1:44 am
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Denis Gurianov and the Dallas Stars pulled off quite a trick, turning a big early deficit into a lopsided series-clinching victory. Gurianov scored four goals, including a hat trick in the second period while also assisting on the go-ahead score, and Dallas rallied from a...
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Montreal Canadiens centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi (15) leaps to try to deflect a shot in front of Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) during third period NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup first round playoff hockey action in Toronto, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 19, 2020 - 11:25 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Nick Suzuki buried the winner 22 seconds after Philadelphia tied it in the third period, Brendan Gallagher snapped a goal drought and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Flyers 5-3 on Wednesday night in Game 5 to stave off elimination in the first-round playoff series. Joel Armia scored...
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