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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...

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 Rays' Manuel Margot celebrates with Willy Adames (1) after scoring on a ground-rule double by Brandon Lowe during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Brosseau's leadoff HR sparks Rays in 8-2 rout of Red Sox

Aug. 11, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Mike Brosseau led off the game with a home run, Yandy Díaz and Hunter Renfroe each had two RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays continued their offensive onslaught against the Boston Red Sox in a 8-2 win Tuesday night. Brosseau hit Boston starter Martín Pérez’s sixth pitch of the...

Toronto Blue Jays and the Miami Marlins play during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Wingin' it: Blue Jays win Buffalo debut, top Marlins in 10th

Aug. 11, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Bo Bichette, Travis Shaw and the wandering Toronto Blue Jays felt just fine in their new nest. In the first major league game in Buffalo since 1915, Shaw hit an RBI single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning as the Blue Jays settled into refitted Sahlen Field with a 5-4 win over...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) celebrates his game-winning goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the fifth overtime period of an NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup first-round playoff game in Toronto on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

After waiting hours for ice, Bruins, Hurricanes postponed

Aug. 11, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

As the Boston Bruins watched from their locker room at the Scotiabank Arena, waiting for the previous game to end so they could take the ice, the players began rooting for someone — anyone — to score. And to think: They said these Stanley Cup playoffs wouldn’t have fans. “Players were...

Calgary Flames' Rasmus Andersson (4) celebrates a goal against the Dallas Stars during the second period 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)

Dube scores twice as Flames beat Stars 3-2 in Game 1

Aug. 11, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Rasmus Andersson snapped a tie after Dillon Dube scored twice in the first period for the confident Calgary Flames, who beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 in Game 1 of their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series Tuesday. “It feels good. You can feel the chemistry in the...

Colorado Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen (96), Ryan Graves (27) and Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrate a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Avalanche face Coyotes in dramatic clash of styles

Aug. 11, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

The Colorado Avalanche have one of the NHL's most dynamic offenses, led by Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon. The Arizona Coyotes play it much closer to the vest, relying on superb goaltending and counterattacking when they have the opportunity. Whichever team can consistently establish its style of play in...

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey playoff game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Flyers hope top seed in East leads to Stanley Cup title

Aug. 11, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

Alain Vigneault often has a dash of James Bond in him when he closes his news conferences. “I’m going to have a martini,” Vigneault says, “and enjoy the win.” The Philadelphia Flyers have both shaken and stirred their way to plenty of wins this season in Vigneault’s first...

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87), center Evgeni Malkin (71) and defenseman Kris Letang (58) react after losing to the Montreal Canadiens in an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

GM Rutherford looks to retool after "puzzling" Pens exit

Aug. 11, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jim Rutherford is not ready to blow up the core that's led the Pittsburgh Penguins to three Stanley Cups in a little more than a decade. Still, the longtime general manager understands there's some serious retooling necessary following a second straight playoff flameout. The issue isn't...

New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz give instructions during a team practice, Monday, July 13, 2020, at the team's practice facility in East Meadow, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Preview: Trotz, Islanders face Capitals in first round

Aug. 11, 2020 2:13 AM EDT

Barry Trotz famously told the then-defending champion Washington Capitals two years ago any future title runs would go through Long Island. Toronto will have to do. Trotz and the New York Islanders will face the Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with Game 1 on Wednesday night. Like all...