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Dallas Stars' Joel Kiviranta (25) celebrates his goal with teammates right wing Corey Perry (10) and Dallas Stars left wing Roope Hintz (24) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during second-period NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Unlikely scorers for Stars again to win Stanley Cup opener

Sep. 19, 2020 11:19 PM EDT

Joel Hanley had never scored a goal in the NHL until Game 1 of the Stanley Cup for the Dallas Stars. Just another unlikely scorer this postseason for the Stars, like rookie Joel Kiviranta. “That’s how you win in the playoffs. You rely on your top-end guys to get you some offense or get you some...

The Dallas Stars celebrate their win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

'Hit 'em!' Stars hammer Tampa 4-1 to open Stanley Cup Final

Sep. 19, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Dallas Stars players on the bench yelled at their teammates, “Hit ’em!” They did, over and over, the body checks and the shouts easily heard throughout an arena left empty because of the pandemic for this most unusual Stanley Cup Final. The well-rested Stars...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn (17) warms up before taking on the Dallas Stars during NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bettman: Next NHL season could start in December or January

Sep. 19, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Gary Bettman will take his first sigh of relief in months when he presents the Stanley Cup. “Maybe I’ll get a full night sleep,” the NHL Commissioner said. Maybe one, and then the work begins on next season. Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly had more...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2015, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, right, talks to assistant coach Rick Bowness during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Tampa, Fla. For the first time in NHL history, a coach is facing a former assistant in the Stanley Cup Final. Dallas Stars interim coach Bowness worked five years as an assistant under Cooper with the Lightning. They parted ways in 2008 and are now facing off in a series of old school vs. new school coaches. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Lightning's Cooper vs. Stars' Bowness is NHL coaching first

Sep. 19, 2020 3:28 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Two nights after the Dallas Stars advanced to the Stanley Cup Final, their coaching staff was seated at a table for dinner in the NHL bubble right next to their counterparts from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lightning coach Jon Cooper got to chat with former assistant Rick Bowness, who...

Lightning's Stamkos ruled out for start of Stanley Cup Final

Sep. 18, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

Captain Steven Stamkos is out, Brayden Point is hurting and Anthony Cirelli is hobbling, too. The Tampa Bay Lightning enter the Stanley Cup Final against the Dallas Stars with several key players dealing with injuries the team somehow was able to withstand during an impressive run to the Eastern Conference...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Wild's Mikko Koivu, of Finland, celebrates after scoring as teammate Jason Zucker, right, watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, in St. Louis. Koivu's extraordinary career with the Minnesota Wild is over. General manager Bill Guerin said Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, the team will not resign the 37-year-old Finn, whose contract is expiring.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Wild captain Koivu's long run comes to an end in Minnesota

Sep. 18, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikko Koivu's extraordinary career with the Minnesota Wild is over. General manager Bill Guerin said Friday the team will not resign the 37-year-old Finn, whose contract is expiring. Koivu is the only full-time captain the club has had — he was appointed in 2009 after the role...

FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) breaks up a pass intended for Montreal Canadiens center Nick Suzuki (14) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tampa, Fla. This is a Stanley Cup matchup for all of those who like their games to be a bit defensive. The Dallas Stars and the Lightning, two of the league's southernmost teams playing for the title in a bubble at the NHL's most northern arena in Edmonton, both have defensemen who provide plenty of points. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Stanley Cup: Stars and Lightning turn defense into offense

Sep. 18, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

This was already going to be an unusual Stanley Cup, and it now has a matchup for all of those who like their games to be a bit defensive. The Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, two of the league's southernmost teams playing for the title in a bubble in the NHL's northernmost arena in Edmonton, have...

Penguins re-sign F Jared McCann to 2-year deal

Sep. 18, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jared McCann is sticking with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team announced Friday it has re-signed the 24-year-old forward to a two-year contract that runs through the 2021-22 season. The deal carries an average annual value of $2.94 million. McCann tied a career high with 35 points during...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, right, backhandsa shot past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, left, for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas. Two of the southernmost teams in the NHL are meeting in the Stanley Cup Final in the great white north. The Stars and the Lightning are facing off in the bubble in Edmonton, Alberta, starting with Game 1 Saturday. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin, File)

Stars, Lightning meet in nontraditional Stanley Cup Final

Sep. 18, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The leaves are starting to change color around the NHL playoff bubble, and, at most, seven games remain before the Stanley Cup is handed out. On Saturday night, two of the league's southernmost teams begin a Stanley Cup Final like none other in the great white north when the Dallas...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Victor Hedman (77) picks up the Prince of Wales trophy after the Lightning defeated the New York Islanders in overtime in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning put past behind in advancing to Stanley Cup Final

Sep. 18, 2020 3:36 AM EDT

Jon Cooper experienced difficulty in finding the right words. Emotionally spent following a 2-1 overtime Eastern Conference final series-clinching win over the New York Islanders, the usually articulate Tampa Bay Lightning coach searched putting into perspective what it meant to be returning to the Stanley Cup...