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Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) makes a save as St. Louis Blues' Brayden Schenn (10) jumps during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Horvat scores twice, Canucks beat Blues 5-2 in series opener

Aug. 13, 2020 2:40 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Bo Horvat scored twice and the Vancouver Canucks beat the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Wednesday in the opening game of their best-of-seven first-round series. J.T. Miller, Elias Pettersson and Troy Stecher also scored for Vancouver. David Perron and Jaden...

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) makes a save on Montreal Canadiens' Artturi Lehkonen (62) as Flyers' Philippe Myers (5) defends during the second period of an NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup hockey playoff game in Toronto, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Hart, Farabee help Flyers beat Canadiens in Game 1

Aug. 13, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Carter Hart made 27 saves, Joel Farabee scored 16 seconds after Montreal tied it, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Canadiens 2-1 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Ivan Provorov also scored for the Flyers. Shea Weber scored for the Canadiens, and Carey...

Arizona Coyotes' goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) is scored on as Colorado Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog (92) and Mikko Rantanen (96) celebrate during the third period of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Edmonton, Ontario, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Avalanche score 3 third-period goals to beat Coyotes 3-0

Aug. 12, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Colorado dominated well into the third period with nothing to show for it. All that firepower and the Avalanche could not solve Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper. Once they broke through, an avalanche of goals followed, giving Colorado a hard-earned win to open the Stanley Cup playoffs....

New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal with teammate Brock Nelson (29) after scoring against the Washington Capitals during the third period of an  NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto, Ontario, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bailey helps Islanders rally to beat Capitals 4-2 in Game 1

Aug. 12, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Islanders coach Barry Trotz isn't surprised the Washington Capitals, his former team, is unhappy with Anders Lee. Trotz didn't see anything wrong with Lee's play in a 4-2 first-round series playoff-opening victory in which the New York captain set the tone with a big hit on Capitals...

The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate after Brayden Point (21) scored against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the fifth overtime in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning, Blue Jackets face off again after 5-overtime game

Aug. 12, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets are facing one more challenge than the rest of the teams in the pandemic-altered NHL playoffs. Tampa Bay and Columbus will be back on the ice less than 48 hours after the Lightning outlasted the Blue Jackets with a five-overtime win in the fourth-longest game in...

The scoreboard is shown after the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in five overtimes in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Boucher witnesses NHL marathon 20 years after his 5 OT game

Aug. 12, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

Brian Boucher had a feeling by the second overtime that this game was going a while longer, and he knew from personal experience. Twenty years ago, Boucher was in goal for the Philadelphia Flyers when they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the longest playoff game in modern NHL history, a five-overtime thriller. He...

FILE -NHL Players' Association Executive Director Donald Fehr listens during a press conference in Columbus, Ohio,  Jan. 24, 2015. Given the uncertainty professional hockey faced in placing its season on pause in mid-March,  Fehr couldn’t have envisioned a better resumption of play five months later with the first round of the playoffs getting underway. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

NHLPA's Fehr buoyed by 0 positive tests; `So far so good'

Aug. 12, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Zero players testing positive for COVID-19 in the two weeks since NHL teams arrived at their two respective playoff hub cities. And a powerful opening night statement on social and racial justice issues made by the league and its players. Given the uncertainty professional hockey faced in...

Colorado Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen (96) tries to get the puck past Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner (90) during the third period of an NHL Stanley Cup qualifying round game in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

First-round back-to-backs favor NHL teams with 2 top goalies

Aug. 12, 2020 2:19 AM EDT

After a season of splitting goaltending duties to keep them rested for the playoffs, Bruce Cassidy knew several months off had cut into that well-planned advantage for the Boston Bruins. With the back-to-back in his first-round series against Carolina set for Games 5 and 6 more than a week away, Cassidy figured...

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner (90) makes a save as Zach Whitecloud (2) defends during the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lehner, Golden Knights shut down Blackhawks 4-1 in opener

Aug. 12, 2020 2:02 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Robin Lehner had more trouble with one of his skates than he did with his former team. Reilly Smith, Shea Theodore and the Vegas Golden Knights took good care of their goaltender Tuesday night. Theodore and William Carrier scored 2:17 apart midway through the second period, Lehner...

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) clears the puck under pressure from Columbus Blue Jackets center Nathan Gerbe (24) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning outlast Blue Jackets 3-2 in 5 OT thriller

Aug. 11, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — By the time he launched the last shot, Brayden Point was just trying to do anything he could to end the fourth-longest game in NHL history. “I just see a rolling puck and I just throw it on net,” Point said after scoring 10:27 into the fifth overtime to give the Tampa Bay...