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Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) makes the save as Chicago Blackhawks' Alex Nylander (92) and Oilers' Oscar Klefbom (77) battle for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press via AP)

Blackhawks advance after eliminating Oilers 3-1 in best-of-5

Aug. 7, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

Edmonton, Alberta (AP) — Brandon Saad, Matthew Highmore and Dominik Kubalik scored and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Edmonton 3-2 on Friday, knocking the Oilers out of the postseason tournament. The Blackhawks won the best-of-five qualifying series 3-1. Chicago advances to the round of 16. “We knew...

Montreal Canadiens left wing Artturi Lehkonen (62) celebrates his game and series winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammates Shea Weber (6) and Paul Byron (41) during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadiens stun Penguins 2-0 to win qualifying round series

Aug. 7, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins entered their qualifying round matchup against Montreal healthy but wary. Optimistic but guarded. While they'd shown plenty of grit during a regular season that featured extended absences by high-profile names on their star-laden roster, in a short series facing a...

Arizona Coyotes' Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Coyotes advance with 4-3 overtime win over Predators

Aug. 7, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes got a reprieve when the postseason was expanded for the NHL's restarted season, only to face the distraction of their general manager resigning right before leaving for Edmonton. More adversity hit when Nashville sent Game 4 of the Stanley Cup qualifier series...

New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Islanders advance with 5-1 win over Panthers

Aug. 7, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The New York Islanders like to rely on defenseman Ryan Pulock's blistering point shot to help generate offense. On Friday, they advanced to the first round of the NHL playoffs courtesy of Pulock using his stick to make a clutch defensive play and secure a preliminary round series-clinching...

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) makes the save against Chicago Blackhawks' Kirby Dach (77) during second-period NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Summer hockey is looking like a very young man's game

Aug. 7, 2020 4:29 AM EDT

After making his playoff debut at age 19 and winning the Stanley Cup at 20, Brandon Saad knows all about the value of youth in the NHL postseason. He looks at 18-year-old Kirby Dach and 19-year-old Adam Boqvist now and is glad to have them as Chicago Blackhawks teammates. “To be that young and to be able...

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) comes far out of his net to play the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Kasperi Kapanen (24) chases during the second period of an NHL hockey playoff game  Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Dubois caps hat trick in OT, Blue Jackets put Leafs on brink

Aug. 7, 2020 2:23 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Pierre-Luc Dubois got his third goal of the game 18:24 into overtime, finishing the Columbus Blue Jackets comeback from three goals down to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Thursday night and take a 2-1 lead in their playoff qualifying series. Dubois got the winner on a rush after...

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) stays out of the way as Pittsburgh Penguins' Conor Sheary (43) chases Canadiens' Brett Kulak (77) during first period NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Toronto on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Not just Price is right: Canadiens have Penguins on brink

Aug. 7, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

It seemed like any hope the Montreal Canadiens had of beating the Pittsburgh Penguins rested on the shoulders of goaltender Carey Price. Price has shouldered a big load in net, but he's not the only reason the high-powered Penguins are on the brink of elimination, down 2-1 in the best-of-five qualifying round...

Minnesota Wild's Jared Spurgeon (46) kneels as Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat (53), Brock Boeser (6) and Elias Pettersson (40) celebrate a goal during second-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Boeser, Pettersson help Canucks top Wild 3-0 for series lead

Aug. 6, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Brock Boeser and Elias Petterson each had a power-play goal and an assist, Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves for his first postseason shutout, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 to take a 2-1 lead Thursday in their best-of-five qualifier series. Antoine Roussel and...

Colorado Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz (39) makes the save against the Dallas Stars during first period NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Grubauer, Francouz make strong cases to start in net for Avs

Aug. 6, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

Jared Bednar intends to ride the hot goaltender throughout the playoffs. The only thing: Which one? The Colorado Avalanche coach has a goalie situation of the good variety with Pavel Francouz and Phlipp Grubauer presenting strong cases to be the the No. 1 goaltender. Grubauer’s case: Not only the starter...

Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin (35) is scored on by Colorado Avalanche's Vladislav Namestnikov (90) during second period NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Rookie Makar, Avs cruise to 4-0 round-robin win over Stars

Aug. 5, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — High-scoring rookie defenseman Cale Makar connected on an early power-play goal, 30-year-old Pavel Francouz recorded a shutout in his postseason debut and the Colorado Avalanche cruised to a 4-0 round-robin win over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night. Joonas Donskoi, Vladislav...