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Pittsburgh Penguins' Kris Letang (58) lifts the puck over New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin for a shootout goal during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Penguins rally past Rangers for 4-3 shootout victory

Jan. 22, 2021 11:00 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Sullivan is impressed with his team's resiliency. The Pittsburgh Penguins coach would just prefer it if his players didn't rely on it so much. Kris Letang scored in the final round of a shootout, and Pittsburgh beat the New York Rangers 4-3 on Friday night for its third straight...

Dallas Stars goalies Jake Oettinger, left, and Anton Khudobin, right, listen to goaltending coach Jeff Reese, center, during NHL hockey practice in Dallas, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Stars finally set for delayed opener after COVID positives

Jan. 21, 2021 6:09 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars are finally set to open their season, more than 10 months after playing their last home game, nearly four months after losing the deciding Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final and a week after every other NHL team got back on the ice. The Stars' return comes after 17 players...

New Jersey Devils center Yegor Sharangovich (17) celebrates his game-winning overtime goal with right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) and defenseman P.K. Subban (76) as the Devils defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 in an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Egor Shrangovich's OT goal gives Devils 2-1 win over Bruins

Jan. 16, 2021 6:18 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Egor Sharangovich scored his first NHL goal in the final seconds of overtime to propel the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday. MacKenzie Blackwood made 27 saves and picked up his first victory of the season. Miles Wood also scored for the second...

FILE - Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin (35) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final in Edmonton, Alberta, in this Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, file photo. Khudobin signed a $10 million, three-year contract to stay with the Stars. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Stanley Cup finalists land in NHL's altered Central Division

Jan. 8, 2021 4:30 PM EST

The NHL's pandemic-altered divisions were set up based on geography in the hope that reducing travel will help the games go on. Each of the four divisions are stacked with talented teams in the professional sports league with perhaps the most parity on the planet. The Central Division, though, has some unusual...

A Liverpool fans with a Jurgen Klopp protective face mask applauds before the start of an English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday Dec. 27, 2020. (Stu Forster/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Oaklawn Park to allow limited attendance

Jan. 6, 2021 3:10 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Oaklawn Park in Arkansas plans to allow limited fans during its winter-spring horse racing meet that runs Jan. 22-May 1. Grandstand general admission won’t be allowed initially. Entry to the grandstand will be for guests...

FILE - Dallas Stars' Alexander Radulov (47), John Klingberg (3) and Joe Pavelski (16) celebrate a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period of an NHL hockey Western Conference playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta, in this Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, file photo. The Dallas Stars feel like they have something to prove after falling short in the Stanley Cup Final last season. The relish the opportunity for a better start this season and carry over the success they had in the NHL bubble. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Stars have 'something to prove' after Stanley Cup final run

Jan. 5, 2021 9:20 PM EST

Coach Rick Bowness, captain Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars were ready to get out of the NHL bubble after two months that ended in the franchise's first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 2000. They now relish the opportunity for better starts and finishes. “There’s just an air in the locker room...

Lightning embrace challenge of defending Stanley Cup title

Jan. 5, 2021 7:45 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Winning Stanley Cup championships in consecutive seasons is rare. The Tampa Bay Lightning are confident they can do it. Even without leading scorer Nikita Kucherov, who’ll miss the year after undergoing hip surgery. The Lightning are that talented with a highly skilled offense...

St. Louis Blues center Ryan O'Reilly (90) and Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (41) joke around after NHL hockey practice at the Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights, Mo., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.  (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Blues eager to restart another run after '20 disappointment

Jan. 5, 2021 6:30 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — New St. Louis Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly would like to rid himself of the bitter taste in his mouth. So would his teammates. The Blues’ defense of their first Stanley Cup championship came to an unceremonious end, losing in the first round of the NHL playoff bubble to the...

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) listens to head coach John Hynes during NHL hockey training camp Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Predators say it's time for more results, less conversation

Jan. 5, 2021 1:58 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators insist they understand it's time to stop talking about producing on the ice and just get it done. Since reaching the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, the Predators have talked a lot about how good they were only to have diminishing playoff returns. Now they are...

FILE - Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart reacts after New Jersey Devils' Taylor Hall missed the last shot of a shootout in an NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J., in this Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, file photo. The Flyers won 4-3. The Flyers are counting on 22-year-old goalie Carter Hart to lead them to the title. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Hart stopper: Flyers count on G Hart to lead them to Cup

Jan. 5, 2021 12:39 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carter Hart spent his offseason living more like a young adult forced to move back home because of the pandemic rather than a franchise-shifting goalie who could have lived a luxe life anywhere he pleased. The 22-year-old Hart lived with his parents in Alberta, Canada and he, like many...