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Tampa Bay Lighting's Victor Hedman carries the Stanley Cup while skating around Amalie Arena, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Lightning lift Stanley Cup in capping NHL's marathon season

Sep. 30, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh was preparing to answer one last question regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup championship when teammates Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn crashed the room, putting an abrupt and celebratory end to the news conference. “Who’s next? Next question,”...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Pat Maroon (14) reacts as the puck goes in past Dallas Stars' goalie Anton Khudobin (35) on a shot from Lightning's Blake Coleman (not shown) during second-period NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Maroon becomes back-to-back Cup winner with Blues, Lightning

Sep. 29, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Patrick Maroon didn't get the chance this time to lower the Stanley Cup so that his son, Anthony, could kiss it before lifting it again over his shoulders. Anthony stayed home in the U.S., as did fiancée Francesca as Maroon celebrated with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Pat Maroon (14) watches the puck go in past Dallas Stars' goalie Anton Khudobin (35) on a shot from Lightning's Blake Coleman (not shown) during second-period NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Veteran Dallas Stars come up short of Stanley Cup title

Sep. 29, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

All those wily, old veterans couldn't get the Dallas Stars another Stanley Cup championship. Rick Bowness is the 65-year-old interim head coach who has been behind NHL benches in parts of five different decades. Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry are the veteran forwards in their mid-30s who spent their entire careers...

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars with Victor Hedman (77) during overtime in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman wins Conn Smythe as playoff MVP

Sep. 29, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — When the Tampa Bay Lightning were still in Toronto, they enjoyed some fresh air outside at the football stadium inside the bubble. Victor Hedman kicked and made a 50-yard field goal, soccer style, perfectly splitting the uprights. Is there anything this guy can't do? Hedman did it...

Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4) checks Tampa Bay Lightning center Carter Verhaeghe (23) during the second period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stanley Cup Notebook: Same routine with chance to clinch Cup

Sep. 29, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said the daily routine remained unchanged, even on the day when his team had an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup. “It's come to the rink, it’s do media, go over what happened the previous day,” Cooper said Monday before Game 6. ...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat (18) hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Dallas Stars in Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bubble hockey champions: Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup

Sep. 29, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The joyful yells from the bench could be heard in the empty arena in the final seconds and the roar from players when Commissioner Gary Bettman called for Steven Stamkos to accept the Stanley Cup echoed even louder. The triumph of winning the NHL championship in a bubble was...

Dallas Stars right wing Corey Perry (10) celebrates his goal against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) with Joel Kiviranta (25) during the second overtime in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Plucky Stars, leading Lightning confident going into Game 6

Sep. 27, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — After a very un-Dallas Stars-like first overtime period in which they sat back and let the Tampa Bay Lightning take it to them, players and coaches in the locker room had a very distinct message. “We’ve got to play to win, let's go at them, let’s get back on...

Dallas Stars right wing Corey Perry (10) is congratulated for his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second overtime in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Perry, Pavelski and Stars force Stanley Cup Game 6 vs Tampa

Sep. 27, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — More than a decade since Corey Perry won the Stanley Cup as a young player and years after Joe Pavelski fell two wins short, the greybeards aren't ready to leave the bubble and give up on another opportunity for a championship just yet. Pavelski tied it with 6:45 left in the...

Dallas Stars defenseman Andrej Sekera (5) is checked to the ice by Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) during the second overtime in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning miss out in OT for once and head to Game 6

Sep. 27, 2020 12:50 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning missed a chance for another overtime-clinching series victory, the kind they have enjoyed this entire postseason. They didn't get a power-play goal, either, so the Stanley Cup Final is going at least one more game. “I thought we played a good enough...

Dallas Stars center Mattias Janmark (13) chases Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) during the first period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Almost no travel in NHL playoffs benefits Lightning, Stars

Sep. 26, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars have been inside the NHL bubble in Edmonton for two months, staying in a hotel connected to the arena. Tampa Bay’s only trip since this unusual postseason began was traveling 1,700 miles from the East hub in Toronto before both conference finals and the...