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Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) works against Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad (20) during the second period of an NHL hockey playoff game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP)

McDavid's hat trick propels Oilers past Blackhawks 6-3

Aug. 4, 2020 2:12 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid recorded his first playoff hat trick to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, tying their best-of-five qualifying series at one game apiece. McDavid scored 19 seconds into the game, then off an electrifying solo rush just past the...

Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jason Zucker (16) scores past Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) as Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry (26) look on during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game  Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Crosby leads Penguins past Canadiens 3-1; Series tied 1-1

Aug. 4, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Any remnants of the Montreal Canadiens’ feel-good glow from their series-opening overtime win over Pittsburgh were quickly dashed Monday night. The fifth-seeded Penguins took advantage of a flat offensive effort from the Canadiens for a 3-1 victory that tied the best-of-five series at...

Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop (30) is hit by Vegas Golden Knights' William Carrier (28) during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Golden Knights rally for 5-3 round-robin win over Stars

Aug. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Will Carrier scored the tiebreaker with 5:12 left in the game, Robin Lehner had 24 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Dallas Stars 5-3 in Western Conference round-robin play on Monday. Carrier backhanded a rebound off the back wall through his legs to beat goaltender Ben...

Dallas Stars' Jason Dickinson (18), Tyler Seguin (91) and Vegas Golden Knights' Ryan Reaves (75) and goalie Robin Lehner (90) take a knee for Black Lives Matter prior to an NHL hockey playoff game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stars, Knights players kneel in support of social justice

Aug. 3, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Players from the Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars knelt on the ice before their game Monday to support Black Lives Matter and other social causes. Dallas forward Tyler Sequin and Jason Dickinson knelt alongside Vegas forward Ryan Reaves and goaltender Robin Lehner during the...

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) and right wing Tom Wilson (43) team up to take Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) into the boards during the first period  of an NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Kucherov, Lightning beat Capitals in East round-robin play

Aug. 3, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Nikita Kucherov scored a goal in the first period and the winner in the shootout to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Monday in Eastern Conference round-robin play. The teams played 5 minutes of 3-on-3 overtime before going to a shootout because the games for...

New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) checks Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) into the boards during the first period of an NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Penalties aplenty are common theme early in NHL playoffs

Aug. 3, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

The morning after Phillip Danault's first career three-penalty game, agitating Montreal teammate Brendan Gallagher turned to him and joked, “I'm rubbing off on you.” Judging from the first few days of the NHL's restart, it looks as if Gallagher is rubbing off on a lot of players. Referees' arms must...

Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) scores his third goal of the game past New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) as defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) tries to help out durng the third period of an NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Svechnikov's hat trick leads Hurricanes past Rangers 4-1

Aug. 3, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Andrei Svechnikov kept on the attack, both in skating with a physical edge and continuing to fire pucks at the net. Now he has a franchise first and the Carolina Hurricanes are a win away from a sweep. The 20-year-old scored three times for the first postseason hat trick in franchise...

FILE - In this June 9, 2010, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel lifts the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime to win Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals in Philadelphia. The former NHL defenseman is drawing upon the lifelong challenges he faced in dealing with dyslexia to help others(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Stanley Cup winner shares dark moments confronting dyslexia

Aug. 3, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

Tears streamed down Brent Sopel’s face as he watched himself on screen, summoning the courage to detail the darkest moments of his lifelong struggles with dyslexia. The stinging memories of being taunted by classmates. The empty feelings of worthlessness that drained Sopel even while winning the Stanley...

Minnesota Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek (14), Mikko Koivu (9), Jared Spurgeon (46), Ryan Suter (20) and Ryan Hartman (38) celebrate Spurgeon's goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Spurgeon scores 2, Stalock gets shutout as Wild top Canucks

Aug. 3, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jared Spurgeon scored twice and Alex Stalock stopped 28 shots to get his his first career postseason win, leading the Minnesota Wild in a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of their qualifying series Sunday night. Kevin Fiala also scored — one of Minnesota's two...

Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson (13) celebrates his goal as Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly (44) skates nearby during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game in Toronto, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Korpisalo shuts out Maple Leafs 2-0 in first playoff start

Aug. 2, 2020 11:38 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Joonas Korpisalo stopped 28 shots in his first playoff start, Cam Atkinson scored early in the third period and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 on Sunday night in Game 1 of their best-of-five qualifying round series. Korpisalo, who got the nod over rookie Elvis...