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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...

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...

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...

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...

Arizona Coyotes' goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) is scored on as Colorado Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog (92) and Mikko Rantanen (96) celebrate during the third period of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Edmonton, Ontario, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Avalanche score 3 third-period goals to beat Coyotes 3-0

Aug. 12, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Colorado dominated well into the third period with nothing to show for it. All that firepower and the Avalanche could not solve Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper. Once they broke through, an avalanche of goals followed, giving Colorado a hard-earned win to open the Stanley Cup playoffs....

Colorado Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen (96) tries to get the puck past Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner (90) during the third period of an NHL Stanley Cup qualifying round game in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

First-round back-to-backs favor NHL teams with 2 top goalies

Aug. 12, 2020 2:19 AM EDT

After a season of splitting goaltending duties to keep them rested for the playoffs, Bruce Cassidy knew several months off had cut into that well-planned advantage for the Boston Bruins. With the back-to-back in his first-round series against Carolina set for Games 5 and 6 more than a week away, Cassidy figured...

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner (90) makes a save as Zach Whitecloud (2) defends during the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lehner, Golden Knights shut down Blackhawks 4-1 in opener

Aug. 12, 2020 2:02 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Robin Lehner had more trouble with one of his skates than he did with his former team. Reilly Smith, Shea Theodore and the Vegas Golden Knights took good care of their goaltender Tuesday night. Theodore and William Carrier scored 2:17 apart midway through the second period, Lehner...

Calgary Flames' Rasmus Andersson (4) celebrates a goal against the Dallas Stars during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Dube scores twice as Flames beat Stars 3-2 in Game 1

Aug. 11, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Rasmus Andersson snapped a tie after Dillon Dube scored twice in the first period for the confident Calgary Flames, who beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 in Game 1 of their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series Tuesday. “It feels good. You can feel the chemistry in the...

FILE - In this Nov., 5, 2019, file photo, Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson (40), of Sweden, skates with the puck while being watched by St. Louis Blues' Ryan O'Reilly (90) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia. If there's a polar opposite to the St. Louis Blues in terms of makeup and style, they'll face it in the Vancouver Canucks. The defending Stanley Cup champion Blues are big, heavy and not afraid to bruise their way through the playoffs. Vancouver relies more on speed and skill and has a fraction of the postseason experience. The first-round series between the teams will be decided by which team can dictate its preferred method of play. The Canucks hope to get star forward Elias Pettersson going and he's embracing the challenge of matching up against St. Louis center Ryan O'Reilly.(Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Polar opposites: Big, tough Blues face small, quick Canucks

Aug. 11, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

Hockey is trending to look like the Vancouver Canucks, with smaller players and more skill, speed and offense. That didn't stop the big, heavy St. Louis Blues from bruising their way to the Stanley Cup last season and to the top of the Western Conference when the NHL season halted in March. When Vancouver and...