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Dallas Stars' Tyler Seguin (91) and Corey Perry (10) battle Tampa Bay Lightning's Ryan McDonagh (27) as Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save during third-period NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning's Vasilevskiy standing tall in Stanley Cup Final

Sep. 22, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

For all the hype Dallas goaltender Anton Khudobin is receiving for helping the Stars reach the Stanley Cup Final, fellow Russian Andrei Vasilevskiy is reminding everyone the Tampa Bay Lightning have a strong presence in net, too. “If you’re going to make any sort of noise in the playoffs you need...

Tampa Bay Lightning' Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his goal with teammates during first-period NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey action against the Dallas Stars in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning beat Stars 3-2 in Game 2, get even in Stanley Cup

Sep. 21, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning got themselves up off the ice to get even in the Stanley Cup Final. After the Lightning got knocked around in Game 1, and Kucherov took some more hard hits early in Game 2, he had the primary assists on power-play goals by Brayden Point...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020, file photo, Dallas Stars interim head coach Rick Bowness yells from the bench as they played the New York Rangers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas. The 65-year-old Dallas Stars coach is hockey’s version of Kevin Bacon in that he’s got some connection to almost everyone, and for the first time, he’s leading a team that’s now six wins away from the Stanley Cup. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)

Hockey's Kevin Bacon: Playoffs are 6 degrees of Rick Bowness

Sep. 11, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Rick Bowness looked at the Calgary Flames lineup written on the whiteboard in the Dallas locker room, and a strange thought crossed his mind. “It was one of the few teams in the league that I had never coached any of their players,” Bowness said. Bowness did coach...

Dallas Stars' Joe Pavelski (16), Alexander Radulov (47) and Jamie Benn (14) celebrate a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during third-period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stars captain Benn finally past 2nd round into West final

Sep. 5, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

Jamie Benn has played in more postseason games for the Dallas Stars than anyone. Their captain has finally made it out of the second round. “Obviously we were in the exact same situation last year and came out on the wrong end of it,” Benn said. “It’s nice to get that win and move on."...

Dallas Stars players celebrate a goal by John Klingberg against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stars take 3-1 series lead over Avalanche with 5-4 win

Aug. 30, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Radek Faksa and the Dallas Stars are one win away from the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2008. Faksa had goal and two assists and Roope Hintz scored the last of three power-play goals by the Stars in a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night, taking...

Dallas Stars head coach Rick Bowness looks up to Dale Hawerchuk as he is honored before NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action against the Calgary Flames, in Edmonton, Alberta, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bubble fatigue cited as mental challenge during NHL playoffs

Aug. 24, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

The hotels might be posh, their amenities and service first rate, and yet life inside the NHL’s two playoff bubbles isn’t exactly glamorous. Having spent nearly a month cooped up at the tunnel-connected hotel-arena complex in Edmonton, Alberta, Rick Bowness acknowledged there’s times...

Dallas Stars' Alexander Radulov (47) celebrates his goal against Colorado Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz as Avalanche's Ian Cole (28) looks on during second-period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stars' top line dominant in 5-3 win over Avs in Game 1

Aug. 23, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The top line for the Dallas Stars finally came to life, stepping up after a quick turnaround for an impressive start in round two of the Western Conference playoffs. Stars captain Jamie Benn, Alexander Radulov and Tyler Seguin set the tone early, and piled on after that, in a 5-3...

Dallas Stars' Joe Pavelski (16) celebrates a goal against the Calgary Flames during second-period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

7-goal surges push Avalanche and Stars into 2nd-round series

Aug. 21, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

The Dallas Stars certainly can't take too much comfort in those four victories over Colorado in the regular season or their unprecedented seven-goal surge to advance in these unusual playoffs. Life has certainly been different in the bubble in Edmonton, Alberta, where the Avalanche and Stars open the second...

Calgary Flames' Rasmus Andersson (4) and goalie David Rittich try for the puck as Dallas Stars' Radek Faksa (12) puts it into the net during second-period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Gurianov scores 4, Stars rally to clinch series over Flames

Aug. 21, 2020 2:44 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Denis Gurianov and the Dallas Stars pulled off quite a trick, turning a big early deficit into a lopsided series-clinching victory. Gurianov scored four goals, including a hat trick in the second period while also assisting on the go-ahead score, and Dallas rallied from a...

Dallas Stars' Esa Lindell (23), Denis Gurianov (34) and John Klingberg (3) celebrate a goal during third period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Edmonton, Alberta, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Klingberg gets winner, Stars beat Flames 2-1 for 3-2 lead

Aug. 18, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — John Klingberg didn't have the decisive goal taken away this time. The Dallas defenseman scored his first goal since the NHL's restart early in the third period, and the Stars held on for a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames in a crucial Game 5 of their Western Conference playoff...