Latest Stanley Cup Playoffs News

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars with Victor Hedman (77) during overtime in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman wins Conn Smythe as playoff MVP

Sep. 29, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — When the Tampa Bay Lightning were still in Toronto, they enjoyed some fresh air outside at the football stadium inside the bubble. Victor Hedman kicked and made a 50-yard field goal, soccer style, perfectly splitting the uprights. Is there anything this guy can't do? Hedman did it...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat (18) hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Dallas Stars in Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bubble hockey champions: Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup

Sep. 29, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The joyful yells from the bench could be heard in the empty arena in the final seconds and the roar from players when Commissioner Gary Bettman called for Steven Stamkos to accept the Stanley Cup echoed even louder. The triumph of winning the NHL championship in a bubble was...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2012, file photo, National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr, center, is joined by players George Parros , left, and Kevin Westgath after meeting with NHL officials in New York. The NHL is rapidly approaching the finish line of completing the season and awarding the Stanley Cup after holding an expanded playoff in quarantined bubbles. Do not expect bubbles to be an option for the 2020-21 season. Fehr said exactly replicating the playoff quarantine environment is not something players are interested in doing for an entire season. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Bubble won't be back for full 2020-21 NHL season

Sep. 28, 2020 3:13 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The 64 days spent in the NHL playoff bubble feel like six months to Barclay Goodrow. “It’s tough,” the Tampa Bay Lightning forward said. “It’s been a grind.” It's a grind he and players won't do again next season. The league and Players'...

Dallas Stars right wing Corey Perry (10) is congratulated for his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second overtime in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Perry, Pavelski and Stars force Stanley Cup Game 6 vs Tampa

Sep. 27, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — More than a decade since Corey Perry won the Stanley Cup as a young player and years after Joe Pavelski fell two wins short, the greybeards aren't ready to leave the bubble and give up on another opportunity for a championship just yet. Pavelski tied it with 6:45 left in the...

Dallas Stars defenseman Andrej Sekera (5) is checked to the ice by Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) during the second overtime in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning miss out in OT for once and head to Game 6

Sep. 27, 2020 12:50 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning missed a chance for another overtime-clinching series victory, the kind they have enjoyed this entire postseason. They didn't get a power-play goal, either, so the Stanley Cup Final is going at least one more game. “I thought we played a good enough...

Dallas Stars center Mattias Janmark (13) chases Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) during the first period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Almost no travel in NHL playoffs benefits Lightning, Stars

Sep. 26, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars have been inside the NHL bubble in Edmonton for two months, staying in a hotel connected to the arena. Tampa Bay’s only trip since this unusual postseason began was traveling 1,700 miles from the East hub in Toronto before both conference finals and the...

Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin (35) makes a save as Tampa Bay Lightning's Barclay Goodrow (19) and Yanni Gourde (37) battle with Stars' Joel Kiviranta (25) and Denis Gurianov (34) during second-period NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

'Black Aces' in bubble have toughest job in NHL playoffs

Sep. 26, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — When Joel Kiviranta capped a hat trick by scoring the series-clinching goal in overtime in his playoff debut in the second round, the young Finn had one real desire. “I hope I get more games,” Kiviranta said. Kiviranta hasn't come out of the Dallas Stars lineup...

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars with Victor Hedman (77) during overtime in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Shattenkirk scores in OT, Lightning up 3-1, on verge of Cup

Sep. 26, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Kevin Shattenkirk will never forget having his contract bought out in the summer of 2019 and joining the Tampa Bay Lightning because he felt their core players had a similar chip on their shoulders after a shocking first-round exit. More than a year later, he created a moment to...

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) scores on Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin (35) during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Cracking Khudobin: How Lightning have solved Stars goalie

Sep. 24, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The goaltender known as “Dobby” has lost some of his magic in the Stanley Cup Final. After three rounds of dominant play put him in the playoff MVP mix, Anton Khudobin has allowed the Tampa Bay Lightning to score eight goals over the past two games to take a 2-1...

Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Another slow start undermines Stars in loss to Lightning

Sep. 24, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Another slow start doomed the Dallas Stars. Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final slipped away from the Western Conference champions in a hurry Wednesday night, with a suddenly vulnerable Anton Khudobin allowing two early goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning once again showing how difficult...