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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, San Jose Sharks interim coach Bob Boughner watches during an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks, in San Jose, Calif. The San Jose Sharks have retained Bob Boughner as their coach, removing the interim tag to make him the ninth full-time head coach in franchise history. The Sharks finalized their coaching staffs at the NHL and AHL levels Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Sharks retain Bob Boughner as coach, removing interim tag

Sep. 22, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

The San Jose Sharks saw enough from Bob Boughner behind their bench last season to be confident he's the coach to lead them back to the top. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson formally retained Boughner as San Jose's coach Tuesday, removing the interim tag to make him the ninth full-time head coach in franchise...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl (29) skates against the Vegas Golden Knights during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Las Vegas. Draisaitl has won the Hart Trophy as MVP after leading the NHL in scoring. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Oilers' Draisaitl is first German to win Hart as NHL MVP

Sep. 21, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Stanley Cup Final is in Edmonton, and Oilers star Leon Draisaitl made history Monday night. Only it had more to do with his home country than his home arena. Draisaitl became the first German player to win the Hart Trophy as MVP after leading the league in scoring with 110...

Coyotes tab Armstrong as next general manager

Sep. 17, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have hired St. Louis assistant GM Bill Armstrong as their next general manager. Armstrong arrives in the desert after spending the past two seasons as the Blues' assistant GM and director of amateur scouting. He replaces John Chayka, who resigned on the eve of...

Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights players shake hands after Dallas won in overtime NHL Western Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

How did this happen? Vegas grapples with 5-game series loss

Sep. 15, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Peter DeBoer didn't prepare a speech to give his Vegas Golden Knights in the event they lost Game 5 of the Western Conference final to end their run in the NHL bubble, because he didn't think they'd lose. After they did, in stinging fashion blowing a two-goal lead and giving up a...

Members of the Dallas Stars pose with the Clarence Campbell Bowl, awarded to the NHL's Western Conference champions, after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in overtime NHL Western Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stars in Stanley Cup Final after being outscored and outshot

Sep. 15, 2020 5:58 AM EDT

The Dallas Stars were mired in a six-game losing streak when the season was paused for 4 1/2 months because of the coronavirus pandemic, and have been outscored and outshot since getting inside the NHL bubble. Yet now they are one of only three teams still playing, already set for their first Stanley Cup Final...

Dallas Stars' Corey Perry (10) reacts as the puck goes in past Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner (90) on a goal by Denis Gurianov during overtime NHL Western Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stars on to Stanley Cup Final after 3-2 OT win over Vegas

Sep. 15, 2020 12:52 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jamie Benn and Dallas enjoyed the moment so much that the relative silence was pretty much an afterthought. The Stars are going to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years. “I've been in a couple rinks where we've clinched to go to the finals, and it erupts,"...

Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin makes a save on Vegas Golden Knights' Reilly Smith (19) during the first period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Western Conference final, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Surging Stars on cusp of first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years

Sep. 13, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

The Dallas Stars were fourth in the Western Conference when the NHL season paused for the pandemic. Dallas hovered under the radar in the postseason bubble, particularly after losing two of three round-robin games. Given little chance against Colorado in the second round of the playoffs, the Stars pushed the...

Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin (35) makes a save against the Vegas Golden Knights as Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (2) slides into the crease during second-period NHL Western Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Khudobin, Stars beat Knights to take 3-1 lead in West final

Sep. 13, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Anton Khudobin gloved the puck out of the air on Shea Theodore's shot at the most intense moment of the game like it was part of a leisurely morning practice. “I just tried to find the puck and react to it,” Khudobin said with the same nonchalance. “I...

LA Kings re-sign D Sean Walker for 4 years, $10.6 million

Sep. 11, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Sean Walker to a four-year, $10.6 million contract extension. The Kings announced the deal Friday with Walker, who was due to be a restricted free agent. Walker is a former undrafted free agent who has played his way into an important...

The puck hits the post as Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner watches during the first period of Game 3 of the team's NHL hockey Western Conference final against the Dallas Stars, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lehner locked up? Maybe not, but Stars' Khudobin locked in

Sep. 11, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Robin Lehner is the man in net for the Vegas Golden Knights. But for how long? Lehner denied a report that he'd agreed to a five-year contract extension to remain with Vegas beyond this season instead of testing free agency. He bristled at the distraction Friday while in the...