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FILE - Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien gives instructions during NHL hockey practice in Brossard, Quebec, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin says coach Claude Julien was experiencing chest pains Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 and was taken by ambulance to a Toronto hospital. Bergevin confirmed it was not COVID-19 related. The 60-year-old coach is not expected to be back behind the bench for the rest of the team's first-round series against Philadelphia. Associate coach Kirk Muller will take over Julien's role in an interim basis. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadiens coach Claude Julien receives stent, heads home

Aug. 14, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien is returning home to Montreal a day after a stent was placed in a coronary artery. The team said doctors expect a full recovery. Julien was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto overnight Wednesday with chest pain. He had surgery Thursday....

St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington reacts after giving up a goal to the Vancouver Canucks during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Past 2 champions Capitals, Blues struggle to start playoffs

Aug. 13, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

Hours after the Washington Capitals were sunk by allowing four consecutive goals, St. Louis coach Craig Berube saw his Blues lose confidence after falling behind in their Game 1. It shouldn't be that easy for the last two Stanley Cup winners to fall apart, but the Capitals now have to come back in their series...

FILE - Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien gives instructions during NHL hockey practice in Brossard, Quebec, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin says coach Claude Julien was experiencing chest pains Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 and was taken by ambulance to a Toronto hospital. Bergevin confirmed it was not COVID-19 related. The 60-year-old coach is not expected to be back behind the bench for the rest of the team's first-round series against Philadelphia. Associate coach Kirk Muller will take over Julien's role in an interim basis. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadiens coach Claude Julien hospitalized with chest pains

Aug. 13, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien experienced chest pains Wednesday night, was taken by ambulance to a Toronto hospital and is expected to be out the remainder of his team's first-round playoff series. General manager Marc Bergevin explained Julien's absence from practice Thursday and confirmed the situation...

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) makes a save on Montreal Canadiens' Artturi Lehkonen (62) as Flyers' Philippe Myers (5) defends during the second period of an NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup hockey playoff game in Toronto, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Hart, Farabee help Flyers beat Canadiens in Game 1

Aug. 13, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Carter Hart made 27 saves, Joel Farabee scored 16 seconds after Montreal tied it, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Canadiens 2-1 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Ivan Provorov also scored for the Flyers. Shea Weber scored for the Canadiens, and Carey...

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)

Penguins fire 3 assistants following quick playoff exit

Aug. 12, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins had a specific vision last summer when they examined the rubble of a first-round sweep at the hands of the New York Islanders. General manager Jim Rutherford, coach Mike Sullivan and his staff then spent the offseason revamping a team it believed would be good...

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...

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in an NHL hockey playoff game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Toronto. The Maple Leafs were eliminated from the playoffs. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Familiarity breeds respect among NHL East playoff teams

Aug. 10, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper took exception to the Columbus Blue Jackets being referred to as “a blue-collar” team. “Is that a positive or a negative?” Cooper said Monday, a day before his Eastern Conference second-seeded Lightning open the first round of the NHL...

Vancouver Canucks players celebrate a goal against the Minnesota Wild 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)

'Wild' NHL playoffs move into next stage with final 16 teams

Aug. 9, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

Derek Stepan gave some words of advice to his Arizona Coyotes teammates not used to the bright lights of playoff hockey. “It’s the best time of the year to be playing,” he said. The time of year is different than usual, but the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs haven't lost any of their luster or...

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Nicolas Aube-Kubel (62) scores on Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the first period of an NHL hockey playoff game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Flyers clinch top seed in East with 4-1 win over Lightning

Aug. 8, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Rookie Nicolas Aube-Kubel scored twice, and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Saturday night to clinch the Eastern Conference’s top seed through the playoffs. The Lightning not only dropped the game in completing preliminary round-robin play with a 2-1...