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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella objects to a call during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Blue Jackets’ body-banging, shot-blocking, harassing defensive style frustrated the offensively gifted Tampa Bay Lightning in a stunning first-round playoff sweep last year. Now, after a long break and hurried training camp, the Blue Jackets will see if they can summon that kind of intensity again in a playoff situation. This time it is the Toronto Maple Leafs, another team that relies heavily on a cadre of goal-scoring stars to make the difference. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Clash of styles: Columbus, Toronto face off in short series

Jul. 28, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ body-banging, shot-blocking, harassing defensive style frustrated the offensively gifted Tampa Bay Lightning in a stunning first-round playoff sweep last year. After a long break and hurried training camp, the Blue Jackets now will see if they can summon that kind of intensity...

Minnesota Wild coach Dean Evason talks with goalie Devan Dubnyk before practice at the NHL hockey team's training camp Monday, July 13, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn., after a break in the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP)

NHL's training camps advantage for coaches hired midseason

Jul. 21, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Play a game, head for the airport. Take a day off, play another game. Squeeze in a practice when you can. The pace of a regular NHL season is challenging enough, but coaches who take over in the middle of a season are forced to play catch-up, making changes in meetings while mostly...