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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo, New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) celebrates his shutout win and series victory with teammates Mathew Barzal (13) and Jordan Eberle (7) after defeating the Washington Capitals in an NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is focused on keeping his team intact by believing there's internal room for improvement after New York made its deepest playoff run in 27 years.  (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lamoriello juggles keeping Isles intact and signing Barzal

Sep. 29, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is hoping he can keep his roster mostly intact while knowing he still must re-sign star forward Mathew Barzal, despite having limited room under the NHL’s flat salary cap. In saying he’s exploring every possible option, Lamoriello on Tuesday wouldn’t...

Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate a win over the New York Islanders during 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)

Cirelli scores in OT, Lighting beat Isles to reach Cup Final

Sep. 18, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Five years after socially distancing from the Prince of Wales Trophy and losing in the Stanley Cup Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning got their hands on and arms around it to embrace their Eastern Conference championship. Anthony Cirelli scored in overtime and Tampa Bay beat the New...

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save on New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) during overtime in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning face adversity and Islanders in East final Game 6

Sep. 16, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jon Cooper might have reacted differently five years ago to losing in double overtime in Tampa Bay's first chance to move on to the Stanley Cup Final, sulking with his head down and kicking the nearest soda can. That's not his or his team's reaction now. Sure, the Lightning didn't...

New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) celebrates after scoring on Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the second overtime in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Isles stay alive: Eberle seals 2-1 2OT win over Lightning

Sep. 16, 2020 1:55 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Islanders forward Jordan Eberle knew exactly what to do upon seeing teammate and captain Anders Lee pounce on the loose puck once Tampa Bay’s Kevin Shattenkirk whiffed on his shot from the right point. Eberle raced up the middle, drove to the net and converted Lee’s...

Dallas Stars players celebrate their overtime win over the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Western Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stars overcame major stumbles to reach Stanley Cup Final

Sep. 15, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Inside a lounge at the JW Marriott usually reserved for their meals and meetings, the Dallas Stars enjoyed a moment. It wasn't an all-out party because they are still four wins away from winning the Stanley Cup. It was a low-key celebration of reaching the final, a significant...

FILE - Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette answers questions during a news conference Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Washington Capitals hired Peter Laviolette, who won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, as coach on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, FIle)

Capitals hire Stanley Cup-winning coach Peter Laviolette

Sep. 15, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

Peter Laviolette sees the Washington Capitals as another opportunity to take a team to the Stanley Cup Final and try to win it all again. The Capitals see Laviolette as the experienced, steady hand who can help them contend for another title in what could be the final few years of their championship window. ...

Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate their victory over the New York Islanders following NHL Eastern Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Top players have Lightning on verge of first final since '15

Sep. 14, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning reached the Stanley Cup Final, Andrei Vasilevskiy was a rookie goalie who played when starter Ben Bishop was injured, the “Triplets” line of Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov led the offense and defenseman Victor...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Brayden Point (21) celebrates his goal against New York Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov (40) during the third period of an NHL Eastern Conference final playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Quick-strike Lightning beat Islanders, on verge of final

Sep. 13, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — While the New York Islanders were celebrating Brock Nelson scoring the first goal of the game, Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde was steaming about giving it up. Coach Jon Cooper decided to keep him on the ice for some redemption. “I’m not really happy out there...

New York Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov (40) and teammate Ryan Pulock (6) celebrate the team's win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Islanders have played Lightning tough since Game 1 rout

Sep. 12, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

The New York Islanders are gaining confidence in their series with Tampa Bay. Coach Barry Trotz understands this is still an uphill battle. “We're going to get their best game tomorrow, and we've got to have our best game,” Trotz said Saturday. “You're in a position to get it to a...

New York Islanders' Brock Nelson (29) celebrates his goal on Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the third period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nelson, Varlamov help Islanders beat Lightning 5-3 in Game 3

Sep. 12, 2020 12:31 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Coach Barry Trotz never questioned his New York Islanders' resolve. Brock Nelson broke a tie with 3:25 left, Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves and the Islanders the kept the Tampa Bay Lightning from taking a three-game lead in the NHL's Eastern Conference final with a 5-3 victory in...