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St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo (27) and Vegas Golden Knights' Nick Cousins (21) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey playoff game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press via AP)

'Heavy lifting:' West is big, tough, deep and wide open

Aug. 10, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

The top of the Western Conference features the defending Stanley Cup champion, a 2018 finalist with even more talent and an MVP front-runner. Good luck picking a favorite. The Vegas Golden Knights earned the top seed in the West by winning all three of their games in a round-robin tournament against the Colorado...

Minnesota Wild goalie Alex Stalock (32) makes the save on Vancouver Canucks' Brandon Sutter (20) as Wild's Jared Spurgeon (46) defends during the third period of an NHL hockey qualifying round game, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Offseason goals for Wild topped by goaltending improvement

Aug. 10, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

The Minnesota Wild returned home from the Western Conference bubble with regret, dismay and another postseason defeat. Despite the spark that was on display after the change in head coaches up until the pandemic put the sport on a four-plus-month pause, their performance in the qualifying round against Vancouver...

The Dallas Stars celebrate their win over the St. Louis Blues in a shootout during NHL hockey Stanley Cup qualifying round game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday Aug. 9, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stars beat Blues to draw Flames, St. Louis to face Canucks

Aug. 9, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Joe Pavelski tied it with 31.4 seconds left in the third period, Anton Khudobin stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout and the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in round-robin play Sunday to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. After Denis Gurianov...

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...