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Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat (53) celebrates his goal as he is followed by St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo (27) during overtime in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canucks beat Blues 4-3 in OT to take 2-0 series lead

Aug. 14, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Bo Horvat scored on a breakaway at 5:55 of overtime Friday night to give the Vancouver Canucks a 4-3 victory over the defending champion St. Louis Blues and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference series. Horvat took a stretch pass from Quinn Hughes and chipped the puck through Jordan...

New York Islanders centre Brock Nelson (29) scores on Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) during the second period of an NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup hockey playoff game in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Islanders play Trotz hockey, take 2-0 series lead on Caps

Aug. 14, 2020 10:55 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Brock Nelson scored the go-ahead goal on a second-period breakaway 15 seconds after Alex Ovechkin tied it, and the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series. Barry Trotz's Islanders played his trademark structured,...

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) makes a save as Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) closes in with Jackets defenseman David Savard (58) looking on during third-period of NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup first round playoff hockey game action in Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning confident they'll rebound against Blue Jackets

Aug. 14, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

Resilience is one of the keys to success in the NHL playoffs. The seventh-seeded Columbus Blue Jackets exhibited it in rebounding from a five-overtime loss its first-round series against Tampa Bay. Now, it’s the second-seeded Lightning’s turn to answer the challenge of moving on from a disappointing...

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) makes save as Philadelphia Flyers centre Kevin Hayes (13) looks on during the second period of an NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup hockey playoff game in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tatar, Kotkaniemi scores twice, Canadiens rout Flyers 5-0

Aug. 14, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Montreal won this playoff game for its absent coach. Kirk Muller and the rest of the Canadiens just had to dedicate the Game 2 victory to Claude Julien. “To Claude, I’m sure you’re listening, this win’s for you,” Muller said. Tomas Tatar and Jesperi...

Colorado Avalanche' J.T. Compher (37), Tyson Jost (17) and Andre Burakovsky (95) celebrate a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of a first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Burakovsky scores late, Avalanche beat Coyotes 3-2

Aug. 14, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche expected a big push from Arizona after the Coyotes spent most of Game 1 on their heels. Colorado withstood the early blows, counter punched with a couple of goals and delivered the late knockout shot to take a commanding lead in the series. Andre Burakovsky...

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....

Calgary Flames goalie Cam Talbot (39) makes the save on Dallas Stars' Corey Perry (10) as Stars' Radek Faksa (12) tries to get the rebound during the second period of a first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series in Edmonton, Alberta, on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stars get late goal for 5-4 win over Flames to even series

Aug. 14, 2020 2:23 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Miro Heiskanen set the tone early for the Stars when on the ice with their top line. Corey Perry and Jamie Oleksiak made sure Dallas got a series-evening win without needing overtime. Oleksiak scored with 40 seconds left in regulation on a nifty pass from Perry as the Stars caught...

Carolina Hurricanes' Dougie Hamilton (19) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins with teammates Martin Necas (88), Andrei Svechnikov (37) and Vincent Trocheck (16) during the third period of an NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup hockey playoff game in Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Hamilton helps Carolina beat Boston 3-2, tie series 1-1

Aug. 14, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — This is what Dougie Hamilton was hoping for while he waited out the pandemic shutdown that put the NHL season on hold, and then waited some more after injuring himself in practice when the Hurricanes returned to the ice. The Carolina defenseman scored the game-winner with 11:30 left in the...

Vegas Golden Knights' William Carrier (28) and Chicago Blackhawks' Connor Murphy (5) battle as Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) looks for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Smith scores in OT, Vegas takes 2-0 series lead on Chicago

Aug. 13, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Even though Reilly Smith called it a lucky bounce, a whole lot more than luck is working right now for the Vegas Golden Knights. Smith scored in overtime, Robin Lehner made 22 saves and the Golden Knights beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday to take a 2-0 lead in the...

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...