NHL hockey

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, San Jose Sharks interim coach Bob Boughner watches during an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks, in San Jose, Calif. The San Jose Sharks have retained Bob Boughner as their coach, removing the interim tag to make him the ninth full-time head coach in franchise history. The Sharks finalized their coaching staffs at the NHL and AHL levels Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
September 22, 2020 - 3:50 pm
The San Jose Sharks saw enough from Bob Boughner behind their bench last season to be confident he's the coach to lead them back to the top. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson formally retained Boughner as San Jose's coach Tuesday, removing the interim tag to make him the ninth full-time head coach...
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Tampa Bay Lightning' Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his goal with teammates during first-period NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey action against the Dallas Stars in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 21, 2020 - 11:04 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning got themselves up off the ice to get even in the Stanley Cup Final. Kucherov had the primary assists on power-play goals by Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat in the first period before Kevin Shattenkirk scored and the Lightning held...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl (29) skates against the Vegas Golden Knights during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Las Vegas. Draisaitl has won the Hart Trophy as MVP after leading the NHL in scoring. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
September 21, 2020 - 9:21 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Stanley Cup Final is in Edmonton, and Oilers star Leon Draisaitl made history Monday night. Only it had more to do with his home country than his home arena. Draisaitl became the first German player to win the Hart Trophy as MVP after leading the league in scoring with...
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Dallas Stars left wing Roope Hintz (24) reacts as teammate Joel Kiviranta (not shown) scores past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during second-period NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 20, 2020 - 5:36 pm
Blake Coleman and the Tampa Bay Lightning are going to have to focus on having faster starts to games if they’re going to count on enjoying better finishes against the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Final. A Lightning team that led the NHL in scoring for a third straight season is suddenly having...
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Dallas Stars' Joel Kiviranta (25) celebrates his goal with teammates right wing Corey Perry (10) and Dallas Stars left wing Roope Hintz (24) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during second-period NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 19, 2020 - 11:19 pm
Joel Hanley had never scored a goal in the NHL until Game 1 of the Stanley Cup for the Dallas Stars. Just another unlikely scorer this postseason for the Stars, like rookie Joel Kiviranta. “That’s how you win in the playoffs. You rely on your top-end guys to get you some offense or get you some...
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The Dallas Stars celebrate their win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 19, 2020 - 11:16 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Dallas Stars players on the bench yelled at their teammates, “Hit ’em!” They did, over and over, the body checks and the shouts easily heard throughout an arena left empty because of the pandemic for this most unusual Stanley Cup Final. The well-rested Stars came out and...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) breaks up a pass intended for Montreal Canadiens center Nick Suzuki (14) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tampa, Fla. This is a Stanley Cup matchup for all of those who like their games to be a bit defensive. The Dallas Stars and the Lightning, two of the league's southernmost teams playing for the title in a bubble at the NHL's most northern arena in Edmonton, both have defensemen who provide plenty of points. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
September 18, 2020 - 6:54 pm
This was already going to be an unusual Stanley Cup, and it now has a matchup for all of those who like their games to be a bit defensive. The Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, two of the league's southernmost teams playing for the title in a bubble in the NHL's northernmost arena in Edmonton,...
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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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