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Calgary Flames goalie Cam Talbot (39) makes the save on Dallas Stars' Corey Perry (10) as Stars' Radek Faksa (12) tries to get the rebound during the second period of a first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series in Edmonton, Alberta, on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stars get late goal for 5-4 win over Flames to even series

Aug. 14, 2020 2:23 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Miro Heiskanen set the tone early for the Stars when on the ice with their top line. Corey Perry and Jamie Oleksiak made sure Dallas got a series-evening win without needing overtime. Oleksiak scored with 40 seconds left in regulation on a nifty pass from Perry as the Stars caught...

Carolina Hurricanes' Dougie Hamilton (19) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins with teammates Martin Necas (88), Andrei Svechnikov (37) and Vincent Trocheck (16) during the third period of an NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup hockey playoff game in Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Hamilton helps Carolina beat Boston 3-2, tie series 1-1

Aug. 14, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — This is what Dougie Hamilton was hoping for while he waited out the pandemic shutdown that put the NHL season on hold, and then waited some more after injuring himself in practice when the Hurricanes returned to the ice. The Carolina defenseman scored the game-winner with 11:30 left in the...

Vegas Golden Knights' William Carrier (28) and Chicago Blackhawks' Connor Murphy (5) battle as Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) looks for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Smith scores in OT, Vegas takes 2-0 series lead on Chicago

Aug. 13, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Even though Reilly Smith called it a lucky bounce, a whole lot more than luck is working right now for the Vegas Golden Knights. Smith scored in overtime, Robin Lehner made 22 saves and the Golden Knights beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday to take a 2-0 lead in the...

St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington reacts after giving up a goal to the Vancouver Canucks during the third period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Past 2 champions Capitals, Blues struggle to start playoffs

Aug. 13, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

Hours after the Washington Capitals were sunk by allowing four consecutive goals, St. Louis coach Craig Berube saw his Blues lose confidence after falling behind in their Game 1. It shouldn't be that easy for the last two Stanley Cup winners to fall apart, but the Capitals now have to come back in their series...

Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) is congratulated by teammates Gustav Nyquist (14) and Pierre-Luc Dubois (18) after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during first-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)

Korpisalo, Blue Jackets win 3-1, tie series with Lightning

Aug. 13, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Two days after making an NHL-record 85 saves in a five-overtime loss, Joonas Korpisalo stopped 36 more shots to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Thursday to even the series at a game apiece. Ryan Murray and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in the first period for...

The Nashville Predators warm-up before taking on the Arizona Coyotes during NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

GM calls Preds' series loss unacceptable, promises changes

Aug. 13, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NHL's winningest general manager is not happy with the Nashville Predators' diminishing returns, and David Poile made it clear Thursday that change is coming. “Bottom line, this is unacceptable,” Poile said in a video conference call. “And this is how we...

FILE - Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien gives instructions during NHL hockey practice in Brossard, Quebec, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin says coach Claude Julien was experiencing chest pains Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 and was taken by ambulance to a Toronto hospital. Bergevin confirmed it was not COVID-19 related. The 60-year-old coach is not expected to be back behind the bench for the rest of the team's first-round series against Philadelphia. Associate coach Kirk Muller will take over Julien's role in an interim basis. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadiens coach Claude Julien hospitalized with chest pains

Aug. 13, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien experienced chest pains Wednesday night, was taken by ambulance to a Toronto hospital and is expected to be out the remainder of his team's first-round playoff series. General manager Marc Bergevin explained Julien's absence from practice Thursday and confirmed the situation...

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2019, file photo, Carolina Hurricanes' head coach Rod Brind'Amour reacts to a call during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C. Brind’Amour wasn’t going to risk another $25,000 fine from the NHL. The Hurricanes coach provided a short, four-word answer, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, when asked if he had anything more to add a day after being fined for calling the league “a joke” in criticizing an officials' ruling on a goal challenge.(AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)

Hurricanes coach Brind'Amour 'moving on' after fined by NHL

Aug. 13, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Rod Brind’Amour wasn’t going to risk another $25,000 fine from the NHL. The Carolina Hurricanes coach provided a short, four-word answer, Thursday, when asked if he had anything more to add a day after being fined for calling the league “a joke” in criticizing an...

Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) makes a save as St. Louis Blues' Brayden Schenn (10) jumps during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Horvat scores twice, Canucks beat Blues 5-2 in series opener

Aug. 13, 2020 2:40 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Bo Horvat scored twice and the Vancouver Canucks beat the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Wednesday in the opening game of their best-of-seven first-round series. J.T. Miller, Elias Pettersson and Troy Stecher also scored for Vancouver. David Perron and Jaden...

Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (11) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

George, Leonard lead Clippers past Nuggets for No. 2 seed

Aug. 13, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Paul George scored 27 points, Kawhi Leonard had 26 and the Los Angeles Clippers wrapped up the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 124-111 victory over the third-seeded Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. The Clippers will face seventh-seeded Dallas when the...