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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn, bottom, and center Tyler Johnson (9) work for the puck against Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) and defenseman Philippe Myers (5) during the second period of an NHL hockey playoff game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning face Blue Jackets in 1st-round NHL playoff rematch

Aug. 10, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — As if forward Alex Killorn and the Tampa Bay Lightning needed yet another reminder of last year’s monumental playoff collapse in preparing to open the first round Tuesday. The ever-stingy, John Tortorella-coached Columbus Blue Jackets are standing in their way once again in the...

Calgary Flames' Mark Giordano (5) celebrates an empty-net goal with teammates against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period of an NHL qualifying round game, in Edmonton, Alberta, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (Jason Franson=/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stars need more scoring in series against Flames

Aug. 10, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

Coach Rick Bowness is encouraged by the scoring chances the Dallas Stars had in their most recent game. Now they have to get some more of those pucks in the net. While Dallas scored only four goals combined in its three round-robin games among the Western Conference's top four seeds, the Calgary Flames averaged...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2020, file photo, Canada's Alexis Lafreniere shoots during the team's practice at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The New York Rangers won the second phase of the NHL draft lottery, giving them a shot at selecting Lafreniere. The Rangers were among eight teams that lost in the qualifying round of the playoffs with a chance to claim quite a consolation prize Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Rangers win NHL draft lottery, shot at Lafreniere

Aug. 10, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

The New York Rangers got a timely assist with their rebuilding efforts. New York won the second phase of the NHL draft lottery, giving the franchise a shot at selecting winger Alexis Lafreniere. “Luck is on our side," Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton acknowledged Monday night. “We’re...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo, Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Sergei Zubov, Hayley Wickenheiser, Jim Rutherford, Vaclav Nedomansky and Guy Carbonneau flip pucks in the air during a ceremony in Toronto. The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction because of the pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place Nov. 16 in Toronto.
(Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

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Aug. 10, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said colleges should continue trying to find ways to have a college football season that would protect player health in the coronavirus pandemic. “I defer to the position of the college football...

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in an NHL hockey playoff game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Toronto. The Maple Leafs were eliminated from the playoffs. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Familiarity breeds respect among NHL East playoff teams

Aug. 10, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper took exception to the Columbus Blue Jackets being referred to as “a blue-collar” team. “Is that a positive or a negative?” Cooper said Monday, a day before his Eastern Conference second-seeded Lightning open the first round of the NHL...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2019, file photo, Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty (67) skates against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Las Vegas. The Vegas Golden Knights think they are primed for another deep playoff run, especially with Max Pacioretty set to return after missing round-robin play with a minor injury. Standing in their way are Jonathan Toews and the resurgent Chicago Blackhawks. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Pacioretty, Golden Knights to take on resurgent Blackhawks

Aug. 10, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

Max Pacioretty used some weights and a stationary bike to work out in his room during his quarantine period inside the NHL bubble in Edmonton. He rejoined the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday and skated with the team the past couple of days. He's ready to go. Well as ready as he can be to step right into the NHL...

St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo (27) and Vegas Golden Knights' Nick Cousins (21) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey playoff game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press via AP)

'Heavy lifting:' West is big, tough, deep and wide open

Aug. 10, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

The top of the Western Conference features the defending Stanley Cup champion, a 2018 finalist with even more talent and an MVP front-runner. Good luck picking a favorite. The Vegas Golden Knights earned the top seed in the West by winning all three of their games in a round-robin tournament against the Colorado...

Minnesota Wild goalie Alex Stalock (32) makes the save on Vancouver Canucks' Brandon Sutter (20) as Wild's Jared Spurgeon (46) defends during the third period of an NHL hockey qualifying round game, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Offseason goals for Wild topped by goaltending improvement

Aug. 10, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

The Minnesota Wild returned home from the Western Conference bubble with regret, dismay and another postseason defeat. Despite the spark that was on display after the change in head coaches up until the pandemic put the sport on a four-plus-month pause, their performance in the qualifying round against Vancouver...

Washington Capitals defenseman Martin Fehervary (42) defends against Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) as the play approaches Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) in the net during third-period NHL hockey Stanley Cup qualifying round game action in Toronto, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

So-called 'preseason' over, Bruins prepare for Hurricanes

Aug. 10, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Hockey’s best record in the regular season. Winless in the seeding round. The Boston Bruins don’t know what the NHL playoffs hold but, coach Bruce Cassidy says, “They can’t come soon enough.” The Bruins earned the Presidents’ Trophy with 100...

Nashville Predators and the Arizona Coyotes shake hands following overtime in an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press via AP)

Predators remain confident despite early postseason exit

Aug. 10, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are pretty confident considering their season came to its earliest end since missing the 2014 postseason when Barry Trotz was allowed to leave. The Predators insist they liked how they played despite losing their best-of-five qualifying series to Arizona in...