Stanley Cup Playoffs

Colorado Avalanche' J.T. Compher (37), Tyson Jost (17) and Andre Burakovsky (95) celebrate a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of a first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 14, 2020 - 6:18 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche expected a big push from Arizona after the Coyotes spent most of Game 1 on their heels. Colorado withstood the early blows, counter punched with a couple of goals and delivered the late knockout shot to take a commanding lead in the series. Andre...
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Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) is congratulated by teammates Gustav Nyquist (14) and Pierre-Luc Dubois (18) after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during first-period of NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup first round playoff hockey game action in Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 13, 2020 - 5:55 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Two days after making an NHL-record 85 saves in a five-overtime loss, Joonas Korpisalo stopped 36 more shots to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Thursday to even the series at a game apiece. Ryan Murray and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in the first...
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Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) clears the puck under pressure from Columbus Blue Jackets center Nathan Gerbe (24) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 11, 2020 - 11:22 pm
TORONTO (AP) — By the time he launched the last shot, Brayden Point was just trying to do anything he could to end the fourth-longest game in NHL history. “I just see a rolling puck and I just throw it on net,” Point said after scoring 10:27 into the fifth overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a...
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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) hits Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) as Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) watches during the second overtime period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 11, 2020 - 9:08 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The playoff opener between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes was postponed on Tuesday night after the previous game in the same building went into a fifth overtime. Game 1 of the series will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday instead. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets...
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Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in an NHL hockey playoff game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Toronto. The Maple Leafs were eliminated from the playoffs. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 10, 2020 - 7:36 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper took exception to the Columbus Blue Jackets being referred to as “a blue-collar” team. “Is that a positive or a negative?” Cooper said Monday, a day before his Eastern Conference second-seeded Lightning open the first round of the NHL playoffs against the...
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The Florida Panthers skate off the ice after their team's 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders in an NHL Stanley Cup Playoff qualifying round hockey game in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 10, 2020 - 8:09 am
The Florida Panthers will have a new general manager next season, making the announcement early Monday that Dale Tallon is leaving the franchise after 10 years. Tallon’s contract as president of hockey operations and general manager expired July 1, and was extended by Panthers owner Vincent Viola...
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Columbus Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner (38) celebrates a Blue Jackets goal against Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) during the first period of an NHL hockey playoff game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 09, 2020 - 10:44 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Joonas Korpisalo stopped 33 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets advanced to the first round of the NHL playoffs with a 3-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in a decisive Game 5 on Sunday night. Zach Werenski’s floater from the left point in the first period held up as the deciding...
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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)
August 09, 2020 - 6:41 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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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 - 7:22 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 - 5:42 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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