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Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon (29) and Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin (35) meet after Dallas won during overtime NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

One over Sid: MacKinnon wins Lady Byng for sportsmanship

Sep. 11, 2020 9:56 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Of course, Nathan MacKinnon wishes he were still playing for the Stanley Cup, but after learning he won another individual award, the Colorado forward found a silver lining. In the friendly rivalry between the two best hockey players from the Maritimes town of Cole Harbour, Nova...

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) makes the save as Chicago Blackhawks' Alex Nylander (92) and Oilers' Oscar Klefbom (77) battle for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press via AP)

Blackhawks advance after eliminating Oilers 3-1 in best-of-5

Aug. 7, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

Edmonton, Alberta (AP) — Brandon Saad, Matthew Highmore and Dominik Kubalik scored and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Edmonton 3-2 on Friday, knocking the Oilers out of the postseason tournament. The Blackhawks won the best-of-five qualifying series 3-1. Chicago advances to the round of 16. “We knew...

Chicago Blackhawks' Ryan Carpenter (22) and Matthew Highmore (36) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Blackhawks push Oilers to brink of elimination with 4-3 win

Aug. 6, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Matthew Highmore tied the score with 5:47 left in the third period, and Jonathan Toews got his second of the game 4 1/2 minutes later to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night for a 2-1 lead in their qualifying round series. “We...

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) makes a save against Chicago Blackhawks' Dominik Kubalik (8) during third-period NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Blackhawks stun Oilers 6-4 in series opener

Aug. 1, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Rookie winger Dominik Kubalik scored two goals and added three assists, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 6-4 win over the host Edmonton Oilers in the opener of their best-of-five qualifying round series on Saturday. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had two goals and one assist....

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2020, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford blocks a shot from Dallas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell (23) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas. Corey Crawford missed the start of training camp with the Blackhawks after he tested positive for COVID-19, leaving the veteran goaltender very little time to prepare for the high-scoring Edmonton Oilers. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

Goaltenders in spotlight for Blackhawks-Oilers series

Jul. 28, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

For all the offensive stars between the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers, big megawatt scorers like Patrick Kane and Connor McDavid, it is the goaltending that bears watching heading into their qualifying series. Corey Crawford missed the start of training camp with the Blackhawks after he tested positive...

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin watches an NHL hockey practice at the team practice facility in Brossard, Quebec on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Could NHL home-nation advantage end Canada's Cup drought?

Jul. 27, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

Ken Dryden became so accustomed to winning championships with the Montreal Canadiens the Hockey Hall of Fame goalie has difficulty assessing Canada’s Stanley Cup drought. “It is bizarre,” Dryden recently told The Associated Press by phone from his home in Toronto. “If you go back to...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020 file photo, Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago.  Crawford practiced Saturday, July 25,  after he missed the start of training camp because he tested positive for COVID-19. The 35-year-old said he was in quarantine at his place in Chicago.  (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Blackhawks goalie Crawford returns after positive virus test

Jul. 25, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford practiced Saturday after he missed the start of training camp following a positive COVID-19 test. The 35-year-old Crawford said he was in quarantine at his place in Chicago. “The first few days that I started feeling symptoms, that was the hardest," Crawford...

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon takes part in drills during an NHL hockey practice Monday, July 20, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Case in points: MacKinnon up for hat trick of awards for Avs

Jul. 23, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon believes this just may be the best edition of the Colorado Avalanche he’s seen over his tenure. Not surprising, his teammates feel the same about him. The proof is in the honors: The speedy All-Star forward is up for a hat trick of accolades, including the Hart Trophy...