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Philadelphia Flyers right wing Nicolas Aube-Kubel (62) scores on Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the first period of an NHL hockey playoff game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Flyers clinch top seed in East with 4-1 win over Lightning

Aug. 8, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Rookie Nicolas Aube-Kubel scored twice, and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Saturday night to clinch the Eastern Conference’s top seed through the playoffs. The Lightning not only dropped the game in completing preliminary round-robin play with a 2-1...

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) takes out Boston Bruins left wing Nick Ritchie (21) during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game  Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning's Hedman doesn't return for 2nd period vs. Flyers

Aug. 8, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Tampa Bay Lightning star defenseman Victor Hedman has been ruled out after appearing to twist his right ankle midway through the first period of an NHL playoff round-robin game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. Hedman went down untouched as he spun around to skate backward...

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) and Calvin de Haan (44) celebrate their win over the Edmonton Oilers in an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press via AP)

Toews, Blackhawks into playoffs for first time since 2017

Aug. 8, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks used to make the playoffs every year, winning the Stanley Cup three times since the captain's NHL debut in 2007. It turns out they still remember how to win in the postseason. Toews and Co. are headed for the first round of the playoffs...

Arizona Coyotes celebrate their win over the Nashville Predators following overtime of an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press via AP)
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Top players push Coyotes into next playoff round

Aug. 8, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

The Arizona Coyotes needed their top players to be at their best to have a chance of advancing in the postseason for the first time in eight years. Darcy Kuemper has been superb, one of the best goalies in the bubble. Taylor Hall is playing like the Coyotes hoped when they traded for him. Same thing for Phil...

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)

Columbus hopes for Game 5 bounceback after historic collapse

Aug. 8, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

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 qualifying...

CORRECTS TO OVERTIME, INSTEAD OF THIRD PERIOD - Colorado Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer (31) gives up a goal to Vegas Golden Knights' Alex Tuch (89) during overtime in an NHL hockey playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tuch scores in OT, Knights beat Avs 4-3 for top seed

Aug. 8, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Alex Tuch scored 4:44 into overtime, Jonathan Marchessault had two goals and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Saturday to earn the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Golden Knights will face Chicago in the first round of the playoffs. The...

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...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Titans' Dennis Kelly (71) celebrates his touchdown catch with quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) during the first half of the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo. Titans players have been praising one of their own, offensive lineman Kelly, for his leadership during the pandemic. He is the team's player rep, and he takes the role seriously. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

A look at NFL training camps in a most unusual preseason

Aug. 8, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

Now that more NFL players have opted out of the 2020 season than did men in MLB, the NHL and NBA combined, what about coaches? People in their 60s, for example, are considered more susceptible to the coronavirus than the general public. Seattle's Pete Carroll is the NFL's oldest head coach — impossible to...

New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) gets stick tripped by Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) during the first period NHL Stanley Cup Playoff qualifying round hockey game in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Islanders, sparked by Barzal, top Panthers 5-1 to advance

Aug. 8, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Mathew Barzal can appreciate how the New York Islanders’ identity is built around being defensively sound. In centering New York’s top line, Barzal also knows it’s his role to contribute on offense, too. Acknowledging it took him a few games to find a groove following...

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...