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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...