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Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, rear watches during the third period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bruins' Bruce Cassidy wins NHL coach of the year honors

Sep. 9, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

Bruce Cassidy's wife and kids enjoyed his NHL coach of the year honors more than he did. Cassidy went back to coaching. More than a week since his Boston Bruins were eliminated from the playoffs, Cassidy spent time Wednesday after learning he won the Jack Adams Award watching the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York...

Ice crews work at the NHL playoffs venue in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hopes players and fans take a step back to pause and reflect on racial justice issues as the NHL takes a second day off from second-round series action on Friday, before games resume on Saturday. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Panthers hire Blue Jackets' Bill Zito as general manager

Sep. 2, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

The Florida Panthers spent three weeks searching for a general manager, and it didn’t take long for them to suspect that Bill Zito was the best candidate. The more they searched, the more convinced they got. Zito was announced Tuesday as the new Panthers’ general manager, coming to Florida after...

NHL fines Tortorella $25,000 for conduct in media session

Aug. 25, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella has been fined $25,000 for his conduct during a media session after his team was eliminated from the playoffs, the NHL said Tuesday. Following the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Game 5 victory over the Blue Jackets, Tortorella ended his video...

The Columbus Blue Jackets are seen on their bench after losing 5-4 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in an Eastern Conference Stanley Cup first round playoff game in Toronto, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

In need of scoring help, Blue Jackets could be ready to deal

Aug. 21, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets played through a rash of injuries to put together another respectable season and earn a franchise-record fourth straight playoff appearance. But they’re going to need some help -- specifically, some goal-scoring help — and likely will have to go...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal during overtime of an NHL hockey Eastern Conference Stanley Cup first round playoff game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Toronto, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Tampa won 5-4. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning redeem themselves, oust Blue Jackets in 5 games

Aug. 20, 2020 3:16 AM EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning are confident they’re constructed for a deep run in the NHL playoffs. The league’s highest scoring team retooled its roster in the wake of a stunning first-round loss to Columbus in 2019, feeling it needed to get tougher and more defensive-minded to contend for a Stanley Cup...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) is embraced by teammates to celebrate his game-winning goal during overtime of Eastern Conference Stanley Cup first round playoff game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Toronto, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.(Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

Point's OT winner lifts Lightning over Jackets 5-4 in Game 5

Aug. 19, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated Columbus from the Stanley Cup playoffs in five games on Wednesday, rallying from a two-goal, third-period deficit before beating the Blue Jackets 5-4 on Brayden Point's goal 5:12 into overtime. Point also delivered the winner in Game 1 of the best-of-seven...

Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson (13) scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) as Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) helps out during the second period of NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup first round playoff hockey action in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning, Bruins, Avalanche, Flyers eye clinching series

Aug. 18, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

One victory away from advancing in the NHL playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers feel a sense of urgency to finish the task as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter that the teams, up 3-1 in their respective first-round series, could have up to three...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde (37) is congratulated on his goal by defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) and center Blake Coleman (20) after scoring against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period of NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup first round playoff hockey action in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning win 2-1, put Blue Jackets on brink of elimination

Aug. 17, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy had 28 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Monday to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series. Barclay Goodrow and Yanni Gourde each had a goal and an assist as the Lightning pushed the Blue Jackets to the verge of...

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) makes a stop as Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) and Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner (38) look for a rebound during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning beat Blue Jackets to take 2-1 series lead

Aug. 15, 2020 11:19 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 16 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series. Alex Killorn, Brayden Point and Victor Hedman scored, and the Lightning held off a 6-on-5 push late by the Blue Jackets,...

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...