Stanley Cup Playoffs

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2011, file photo, Mike Emrick speaks after being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Chicago. Hall of Fame hockey broadcaster Mike Emrick is retiring after a career of almost 50 years behind the microphone, including the past 15 as the voice of the NHL in the United States. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
October 19, 2020 - 11:53 am
Thinking back over 50 years in hockey, Mike Emrick can't name one favorite memory or game, but one story sticks out. Minutes after watching T.J. Oshie score four shootout goals to help the U.S. beat Russia at the Sochi Olympics, the camera panned to dejected fans and Emrick echoed 1980 gold medal-...
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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2020, file photo, the puck hits the post as Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner watches during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Western Conference final against the Dallas Stars in Edmonton, Alberta. The Golden Knights have re-signed Lehner to a $25 million, five-year contract that carries a $5 million annual salary cap hit. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
October 03, 2020 - 1:21 pm
Lennox Lehner is almost 6 years old and already has five hockey jerseys because his father has bounced around the NHL so much. He won't have to add another to his collection, and Robin Lehner will get to keep putting on Vegas Golden Knights jerseys. "It couldn’t be a better fit," Robin said. Lehner...
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Tampa Bay Lighting's Victor Hedman carries the Stanley Cup while skating around Amalie Arena, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP)
September 29, 2020 - 9:05 pm
Defenseman Ryan McDonagh was preparing to answer one last question regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup championship when teammates Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn crashed the room, putting an abrupt and celebratory end to the news conference. “Who’s next? Next question,” Kucherov said...
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat (18) hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Dallas Stars in Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 28, 2020 - 11:09 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The joyful yells from the bench could be heard in the empty arena in the final seconds and the roar from players when Commissioner Gary Bettman called for Steven Stamkos to accept the Stanley Cup echoed even louder. The triumph of winning the NHL championship in a bubble...
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn (17), Victor Hedman (77), Steven Stamkos (91) and Ryan McDonagh (27) stand with the Prince of Wales trophy after the Lightning defeated the New York Islanders in overtime in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 23, 2020 - 5:04 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Seen Stamkos? Just in time for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is making his 2020 playoff debut Wednesday, 211 days since he last played in an NHL game. It’s a return that has the potential to change the course of the series...
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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 - 12:50 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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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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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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