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Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights players shake hands after Dallas won in overtime NHL Western Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

How did this happen? Vegas grapples with 5-game series loss

Sep. 15, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Peter DeBoer didn't prepare a speech to give his Vegas Golden Knights in the event they lost Game 5 of the Western Conference final to end their run in the NHL bubble, because he didn't think they'd lose. After they did, in stinging fashion blowing a two-goal lead and giving up a...

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)

Stars on to Stanley Cup Final after 3-2 OT win over Vegas

Sep. 15, 2020 12:52 AM EDT

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,"...

Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin makes a save on Vegas Golden Knights' Reilly Smith (19) during the first period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Western Conference final, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Surging Stars on cusp of first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years

Sep. 13, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

The Dallas Stars were fourth in the Western Conference when the NHL season paused for the pandemic. Dallas hovered under the radar in the postseason bubble, particularly after losing two of three round-robin games. Given little chance against Colorado in the second round of the playoffs, the Stars pushed the...

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)

Khudobin, Stars beat Knights to take 3-1 lead in West final

Sep. 13, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

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...

The puck hits the post as Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner watches during the first period of Game 3 of the team's NHL hockey Western Conference final against the Dallas Stars, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lehner locked up? Maybe not, but Stars' Khudobin locked in

Sep. 11, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Robin Lehner is the man in net for the Vegas Golden Knights. But for how long? Lehner denied a report that he'd agreed to a five-year contract extension to remain with Vegas beyond this season instead of testing free agency. He bristled at the distraction Friday while in the...

Dallas Stars' Alexander Radulov (47) celebrate his overtime goal against the Vegas Golden Knights with Joe Pavelski (16) in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Western Conference final, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Stars won 3-2. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Radulov scores 31 seconds into OT, Stars beat Vegas 3-2

Sep. 11, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The entire Dallas Stars bench was yelling out to Joe Pavelski about what to do with the puck after a broken play in front of them only seconds into overtime. Pavelski delivered, with a cross-ice pass to a breaking Alexander Radulov, who scored 31 seconds into overtime on a wrister...

New York Islanders center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) celebrates with goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game action in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

NHL's final four have gotten deeper with plenty of newcomers

Sep. 10, 2020 4:53 AM EDT

Joe Pavelski was the captain of a team that went to the Western Conference finals last season, playing opposite Patrick Maroon’s team that went on to win the Stanley Cup. Chandler Stephenson won a Stanley Cup title two seasons ago with the Washington Capitals, the team he was still playing with at the...

Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin (35) watches as Vegas Golden Knights' Nicolas Roy (10), Paul Stastny (26) and Max Pacioretty (67) celebrate a goal during the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Western Conference final, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stars, Golden Knights reach 'chess match' part of West final

Sep. 9, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Tyler Seguin tried to answer what happened in the Western Conference final to the Dallas offense that lit it up last round. “Two different teams — or Vegas is a different team," he said. Dallas hasn't looked like the same team that put up 31 goals in seven games...

Vegas Golden Knights' Mark Stone (61) and Paul Stastny (26) celebrate a goal against Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin (35) during the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Western Conference final, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vegas is back, baby: Golden Knights beat Stars to tie series

Sep. 8, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — After running into a hot goalie late last round and being shut out in the opener of the Western Conference final, pressure mounted in the minds of the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2. When Paul Stastny scored to end a lengthy goal drought by Vegas forwards, the entire mood changed....

Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov (86) scores against New York Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov (40) as Islanders' Nick Leddy (2) defends during third-period NHL Eastern Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Well-rested teams have big advantage in NHL playoffs

Sep. 8, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

Rest is beating rust so far in the NHL playoffs. The teams that have two or more days of time off than their opponent are 5-1 in series openers. The well-rested Tampa Bay Lightning were the latest to take advantage of that, crushing the New York Islanders 8-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final and in the...