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Carolina Hurricanes goaltender James Reimer (47) makes a save on a shot from Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) as Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74) looks on during first-period NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

DeBrusk, Bruins rally in 3rd to beat Hurricanes 4-3

Aug. 17, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Jake DeBrusk, Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins quickly went from trailing by two goals to overwhelming the Carolina Hurricanes with a dominating third period. DeBrusk scored twice while the Bruins scored four straight goals to rally and beat the Hurricanes 4-3 on Monday to take a 3-1 lead...

Boston Bruins' Brandon Carlo (25) congratulates goaltender Jaroslav Halak as teammates celebrate their victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff game in Toronto on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020.  (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Rask-less Bruins top Hurricanes 3-1, take 2-1 lead in series

Aug. 15, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Boston Bruins, shortly after waking up Saturday to face the Carolina Hurricanes, found out goaltender Tuukka Rask was opting out of the NHL playoffs to be with his family. While the defending Eastern Conference champions are supporting their teammate at least publicly, they're focusing...

An NHL logo is shown as Washington Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) skates prior to NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey action against the New York Islanders in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. The NHL is providing its playoff teams a few tastes of home in their respective hub cities. Teams are hearing their pre-game warm-up music, goal songs and national anthem performers. Crowd noise is being piped in and new camera angles have been added for a TV audience. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

NHL provides playoff hub teams a few tastes of `home'

Aug. 15, 2020 2:45 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — There’s no ear-splitting cannon booming from the stands in Columbus every time the Blue Jackets score. Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers mascot, isn’t parading through the arena. No one's firing up any sirens in Las Vegas. As much as NHL chief of events and entertainment Steve...

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) reacts with teammates Brad Marchand (63) Torey Krug (47) and Brandon Carlo (25) after scoring the game-winning goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second overtime period of an NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff game in Toronto on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bergeron scores in 2nd OT, Bruins beat Hurricanes in Game 1

Aug. 12, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — After being told to come back the next morning because another game lasted five overtimes, the Boston Bruins didn't want to repeat history so quickly. “We talked about trying to end this before the fifth overtime,” Patrice Bergeron said. Bergeron accomplished that by scoring...

Minnesota Wild's Ryan Hartman (38) and Vancouver Canucks' Jake Virtanen (18) fight during the first period of an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press via AP)

Puncher's chance: Fighting is up during unique NHL playoffs

Aug. 8, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

The Toronto Maple Leafs' season was hanging by a thread from one of Jason Spezza's gloves when he dropped them to the ice to fight Dean Kukan. “I just tried to spark the guys, just trying to show some desperation and have some push-back,” Spezza said after Toronto's emotional comeback victory...

New York Rangers' Ryan Strome (16) fights with Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Williams during the first period in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Drop the puck for summer hockey: NHL playoffs get under way

Aug. 1, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Players watching the opening minutes of the first NHL game in several months marveled at the familiar feeling from half a continent away. “Not necessarily laughing but just (noticing) how intense it was right away,” Vancouver's Tyler Toffoli said. If the first game is any...

Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho (20) celebrates his goal with teammates Sami Vatanen (45), Andrei Svechnikov (37) and Justin Williams (14) during the second period against the New York Rangers in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Aho leads Hurricanes to 3-2 win over Rangers in NHL's return

Aug. 1, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Hockey's back, and Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour couldn't be more impressed with how Carolina ushered in its return after 4 1/2 months of waiting. Brady Skjei set the tone with a big hit on New York Rangers' Jesper Fast in the opening minute. Jaccob Slavin scored on Carolina's first shot...