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Tampa Bay Lightning's Victor Hedman (77) picks up the Prince of Wales trophy after the Lightning defeated the New York Islanders in overtime in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning put past behind in advancing to Stanley Cup Final

Sep. 18, 2020 3:36 AM EDT

Jon Cooper experienced difficulty in finding the right words. Emotionally spent following a 2-1 overtime Eastern Conference final series-clinching win over the New York Islanders, the usually articulate Tampa Bay Lightning coach searched putting into perspective what it meant to be returning to the Stanley Cup...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, right, backhandsa shot past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, left, for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas. Two of the southernmost teams in the NHL are meeting in the Stanley Cup Final in the great white north. The Stars and the Lightning are facing off in the bubble in Edmonton, Alberta, starting with Game 1 Saturday. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin, File)

Stars, Lightning meet in nontraditional Stanley Cup Final

Sep. 18, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The leaves are starting to change color around the NHL playoff bubble, and, at most, seven games remain before the Stanley Cup is handed out. On Saturday night, two of the league's southernmost teams begin a Stanley Cup Final like none other in the great white north when the Dallas...

Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate a win over the New York Islanders during overtime in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Cirelli scores in OT, Lighting beat Isles to reach Cup Final

Sep. 18, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Five years after socially distancing from the Prince of Wales Trophy and losing in the Stanley Cup Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning got their hands on and arms around it to embrace their Eastern Conference championship. Anthony Cirelli scored in overtime and Tampa Bay beat the New...

Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin bats the puck out of the air during the second period against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Western Conference final, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

NHL playoffs showcase Russia's goaltending renaissance

Sep. 17, 2020 11:33 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Nikolai Khabibulin wakes up in Yekaterinburg to watch NHL playoff highlights and beams with pride at the saves made by so many Russian goaltenders. For the first time, there were three Russian starting goaltenders in the conference finals, with Anton Khudobin of the Dallas Stars,...

Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6

Sep. 17, 2020 11:17 PM EDT
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6.
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save on New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) during overtime in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning face adversity and Islanders in East final Game 6

Sep. 16, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jon Cooper might have reacted differently five years ago to losing in double overtime in Tampa Bay's first chance to move on to the Stanley Cup Final, sulking with his head down and kicking the nearest soda can. That's not his or his team's reaction now. Sure, the Lightning didn't...

New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) celebrates after scoring on Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the second overtime in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Isles stay alive: Eberle seals 2-1 2OT win over Lightning

Sep. 16, 2020 1:55 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Islanders forward Jordan Eberle knew exactly what to do upon seeing teammate and captain Anders Lee pounce on the loose puck once Tampa Bay’s Kevin Shattenkirk whiffed on his shot from the right point. Eberle raced up the middle, drove to the net and converted Lee’s...

Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate their victory over the New York Islanders following NHL Eastern Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Top players have Lightning on verge of first final since '15

Sep. 14, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning reached the Stanley Cup Final, Andrei Vasilevskiy was a rookie goalie who played when starter Ben Bishop was injured, the “Triplets” line of Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov led the offense and defenseman Victor...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Brayden Point (21) celebrates his goal against New York Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov (40) during the third period of an NHL Eastern Conference final playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Quick-strike Lightning beat Islanders, on verge of final

Sep. 13, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — While the New York Islanders were celebrating Brock Nelson scoring the first goal of the game, Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde was steaming about giving it up. Coach Jon Cooper decided to keep him on the ice for some redemption. “I’m not really happy out there...

New York Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov (40) and teammate Ryan Pulock (6) celebrate the team's win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Islanders have played Lightning tough since Game 1 rout

Sep. 12, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

The New York Islanders are gaining confidence in their series with Tampa Bay. Coach Barry Trotz understands this is still an uphill battle. “We're going to get their best game tomorrow, and we've got to have our best game,” Trotz said Saturday. “You're in a position to get it to a...