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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...

FILE - In this June 9, 2010, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel lifts the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime to win Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals in Philadelphia. The former NHL defenseman is drawing upon the lifelong challenges he faced in dealing with dyslexia to help others(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Sopel finds post-NHL purpose in sharing story about dyslexia

Aug. 3, 2020 2:08 AM EDT

Tears streamed down Brent Sopel’s face as he watched himself on screen, summoning the courage to detail the darkest moments of his lifelong struggles with dyslexia. The stinging memories of being taunted by classmates. The empty feeling of worthlessness that drained Sopel even while winning the Stanley Cup...

Colorado Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen (96) and Nazem Kadri (91) celebrate a goal on St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington (50) during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Kadri scores buzzer-beating goal as Avalanche beat Blues

Aug. 2, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Nazem Kadri scored a buzzer-beating power-play goal to give the Colorado Avalanche a 2-1 comeback victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues in Western Conference round-robin play Sunday night. Kadri's shot crossed the goal line with 0.1 seconds on the clock....

Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele is helped off the ice after being injured during the first period of the team's NHL hockey playoff game against the Calgary Flames in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Injured Jets in biggest trouble of NHL teams down 1-0

Aug. 2, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

Trouble keeps following Winnipeg Jets, from one of their best players not reporting to training camp to a bevy of injuries throughout the regular season. They're deep in it once again, not because of their Game 1 loss to the Calgary Flames but the big absences incurred during it. Top center Mark Scheifele could...

Arizona Coyotes celebrate a goal against there Nashville Predators during the first period NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Sunday, August 2, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Coyotes hold off Predators 4-3 in series opener

Aug. 2, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Oliver Ekman-Larsson fired a shot from near the blue line that caromed off one Nashville player's skate, another's body and into the net. Arizona's eight-year wait to play a postseason game couldn't have gotten off to a better start, even if took a lucky couple of bounces....

Edmonton Oilers' James Neal (18) and Chicago Blackhawks' Drake Caggiula (91) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Blackhawks' Caggiula suspended for Game 2 vs. Oilers

Aug. 2, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

Chicago forward Drake Caggiula was suspended by the NHL on Sunday for Game 2 of the Blackhawks’ qualifying round series against the Oilers for an illegal check to the head of Edmonton’s Tyler Ennis. The hit occurred in the second period of Chicago’s 6-4 Game 1 victory Saturday. Ennis returned...

New York Rangers' Ryan Strome (16) fights with Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Williams during the first period in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Drop the puck for summer hockey: NHL playoffs get under way

Aug. 1, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Players watching the opening minutes of the first NHL game in several months marveled at the familiar feeling from half a continent away. “Not necessarily laughing but just (noticing) how intense it was right away,” Vancouver's Tyler Toffoli said. If the first game is any...

Minnesota Wild's Matt Dumba takes a knee during the national anthem flanked by Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse, right, and Chicago Blackhawks' Malcolm Subban before an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Dumba kneels, NHL puts focus on Black Lives Matter movement

Aug. 1, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

Minnesota’s Matt Dumba became the first NHL player to kneel during the U.S. national anthem when he did so before the opening playoff game between Edmonton and Chicago in Edmonton, Alberta. Dumba knelt at center ice Saturday while fellow Black players Malcolm Subban of Chicago and Darnell Nurse of...

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) makes a save against Chicago Blackhawks' Dominik Kubalik (8) during third-period NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Blackhawks stun Oilers 6-4 in series opener

Aug. 1, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Rookie winger Dominik Kubalik scored two goals and added three assists, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 6-4 win over the host Edmonton Oilers in the opener of their best-of-five qualifying round series on Saturday. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had two goals and one assist....

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) and Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin (35) chat during warm ups before an exhibition NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Who's in net? Goalie intrigue aplenty early in NHL playoffs

Aug. 1, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

Even though “Who's in net?” isn't an Abbott and Costello comedy routine, the question makes a few NHL coaches laugh, or at least crack a smirk. Goaltending intrigue is already in full swing, with half the teams opening the playoffs Sunday not revealing who's starting between the pipes. Watch...