Hockey

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrates with Ondrej Palat (18) after his goal against the New York Islanders during the first period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 17, 2020 - 11:21 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Anthony Cirelli scored in overtime to send the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final with a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday night. Cirelli returned in the third after injuring his right knee in the second...
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New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with teammates during the first period of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 16, 2020 - 12:08 am
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jordan Eberle scored on a two-on-one break 12:30 into the second overtime and the New York Islanders avoided elimination with a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final on Tuesday night. Semyon Varlamov stopped 36 shots and Ryan Pulock...
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FILE - Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette answers questions during a news conference Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Washington Capitals hired Peter Laviolette, who won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, as coach on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, FIle)
September 15, 2020 - 1:41 pm
Peter Laviolette was hired Tuesday as coach of the Washington Capitals, who hope to harness his ability to quickly take a team to the Stanley Cup Final in what could be the final few years of their championship window. Laviolette is the first Cup-winning coach hired in the franchise's 46-year...
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Members of the Dallas Stars pose with the Clarence Campbell Bowl, awarded to the NHL's Western Conference champions, after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in overtime NHL Western Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 15, 2020 - 5:58 am
The Dallas Stars were mired in a six-game losing streak when the season was paused for 4 1/2 months because of the coronavirus pandemic, and have been outscored and outshot since getting inside the NHL bubble. Yet now they are one of only three teams still playing, already set for their first...
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Dallas Stars' Corey Perry (10) reacts as the puck goes in past Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner (90) on a goal by Denis Gurianov during overtime NHL Western Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 15, 2020 - 12:52 am
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jamie Benn and Dallas enjoyed the moment so much that the relative silence was pretty much an afterthought. The Stars are going to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years. “I've been in a couple rinks where we've clinched to go to the finals, and it erupts,"...
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Brayden Point (21) celebrates his goal against New York Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov (40) during the third period of an NHL Eastern Conference final playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 13, 2020 - 7:37 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — While the New York Islanders were celebrating Brock Nelson scoring the first goal of the game, Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde was steaming about giving it up. Coach Jon Cooper decided to keep him on the ice for some redemption. “I’m not really happy out there after...
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Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin (35) makes a save against the Vegas Golden Knights as Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (2) slides into the crease during second-period NHL Western Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 13, 2020 - 12:04 am
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Anton Khudobin gloved the puck out of the air on Shea Theodore's shot at the most intense moment of the game like it was part of a leisurely morning practice. “I just tried to find the puck and react to it,” Khudobin said with the same nonchalance. “I don’t know if it’s...
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Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn (14) celebrates his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights with Alexander Radulov (47), Joel Hanley (39) and others during the third period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Western Conference final, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 10, 2020 - 11:29 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Alexander Radulov scored 31 seconds into overtime on a wrister from the middle of the right circle and the Dallas Stars beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference final. Radulov's third career overtime goal was...
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New York Islanders center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) celebrates with goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game action in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 10, 2020 - 4:52 am
Joe Pavelski was the captain of a team that went to the Western Conference finals last season, playing opposite Patrick Maroon’s team that went on to win the Stanley Cup. Chandler Stephenson won a Stanley Cup title two seasons ago with the Washington Capitals, the team he was still playing with at...
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Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save as New York Islanders' Andrew Ladd (16) and Lightning's Ryan McDonagh (27) battle in front during the first period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 09, 2020 - 10:53 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Nikita Kucherov scored with 8.8 seconds left to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night and a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference final. Kucherov beat Russian countryman Semyon Varlamov after a perfect pass from Ryan...
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