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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)

Puncher's chance: Fighting is up during unique NHL playoffs

Aug. 8, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

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...

Minnesota Wild goalie Alex Stalock (32) makes the save as Jared Spurgeon (46) and Vancouver Canucks' Antoine Roussel (26) battle in front during the second period of an NHL hockey qualifying round game, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks beat Wild 5-4

Aug. 8, 2020 2:43 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — This first postseason experience for the young core of the Vancouver Canucks has already been quite a trip. They're not ready to leave the bubble yet. Christopher Tanev's wrist shot just 11 seconds into overtime gave the Canucks a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night...

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) stays out of the way as Pittsburgh Penguins' Conor Sheary (43) chases Canadiens' Brett Kulak (77) during first period NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Toronto on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Not just Price is right: Canadiens have Penguins on brink

Aug. 7, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

It seemed like any hope the Montreal Canadiens had of beating the Pittsburgh Penguins rested on the shoulders of goaltender Carey Price. Price has shouldered a big load in net, but he's not the only reason the high-powered Penguins are on the brink of elimination, down 2-1 in the best-of-five qualifying round...

Minnesota Wild's Jared Spurgeon (46) kneels as Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat (53), Brock Boeser (6) and Elias Pettersson (40) celebrate a goal during second-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Boeser, Pettersson help Canucks top Wild 3-0 for series lead

Aug. 6, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Brock Boeser and Elias Petterson each had a power-play goal and an assist, Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves for his first postseason shutout, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 to take a 2-1 lead Thursday in their best-of-five qualifier series. Antoine Roussel and...

Minnesota Wild's Eric Staal (12) battles against Vancouver Canucks' Jay Beagle (83) during the first period of an NHL hockey playoff game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Fan-free playoff hockey still proving plenty intense

Aug. 5, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

Staging games in empty arenas after a virus-forced hiatus of more than four months, the NHL skated into this unprecedented postseason with plenty of questions about just how intense the action on the ice would be. Four days into a most unusual Stanley Cup tournament, this much is clear: Playoff hockey is still...

Vancouver Canucks' J.T. Miller (9), Brock Boeser (6), Elias Pettersson (40), Quinn Hughes (43) and Bo Horvat (53) celebrate a goal against the Minnesota Wild  during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Miller lifts Canucks over Wild, ties qualifying series at 1

Aug. 5, 2020 2:54 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Tuesday night to even their qualifying series at a win each. Tanner Pearson scored 24 seconds into the game, Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat also scored for the Canucks, and Jacob Markstrom...

Minnesota Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek (14), Mikko Koivu (9), Jared Spurgeon (46), Ryan Suter (20) and Ryan Hartman (38) celebrate Spurgeon's goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Spurgeon scores 2, Stalock gets shutout as Wild top Canucks

Aug. 3, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jared Spurgeon scored twice and Alex Stalock stopped 28 shots to get his his first career postseason win, leading the Minnesota Wild in a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of their qualifying series Sunday night. Kevin Fiala also scored — one of Minnesota's two...

Vancouver Canucks' Troy Stecher, from left to right, Adam Gaudette and Bo Horvat skate during the NHL hockey team's training camp in Vancouver, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Will experience prevail for Wild vs. quick-strike Canucks?

Jul. 28, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

The virus pause has provided the Minnesota Wild as they are currently constructed with perhaps their best and last opportunity to make a long postseason run. They caught a break when the NHL rolled out a 24-team format for the restart, since they were one point below what would have been the Western Conference...

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin watches an NHL hockey practice at the team practice facility in Brossard, Quebec on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Could NHL home-nation advantage end Canada's Cup drought?

Jul. 27, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

Ken Dryden became so accustomed to winning championships with the Montreal Canadiens the Hockey Hall of Fame goalie has difficulty assessing Canada’s Stanley Cup drought. “It is bizarre,” Dryden recently told The Associated Press by phone from his home in Toronto. “If you go back to...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Mike Green (27) fights for the puck against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Las Vegas. Green and Vancouver’s Sven Baertschi are opting out. Dallas defenseman Roman Polak is not reporting for now. And Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos is not reporting at full strength. Green and Baertschi joined Calgary defender Travis Hamonic in choosing not to participating in the resumption of the NHL season. Green, like Hamonic, decided not to play for family reasons. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Oilers' Green joins list of players opting out of NHL return

Jul. 11, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

Roman Polak of the Stars and Mike Green of the Oilers are opting out of playing, and Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will try to play after recovering from injury. In the aftermath of a deal being struck to resume the NHL season, Aug. 1, Green, Polak and three other players joined Calgary defenseman Travis...