Men's hockey

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 - 6:21 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 - 2:36 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 - 8:19 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 - 8:16 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 - 3:54 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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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 - 10:41 am
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 - 2:58 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)
Associated Press
September 14, 2020 - 9:52 pm
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 - 4:37 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)
Associated Press
September 12, 2020 - 9:04 pm
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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