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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2018, file photo, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie, left, knocks the puck away from Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver. Saad is part of the new-look Avalanche squad after being acquired in a trade from Chicago. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Sakic walking fine line in free agency as big deals loom

Oct. 12, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Joe Sakic's free agency wish list: Depth and more depth. That's no real surprise after Colorado's injury-riddled season. The tricky part for the Avalanche general manager is fortifying an already talent-rich roster in this time of a flat salary cap ($81.5 million) that could be extended. ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin bats the puck out of the air during the second period against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Western Conference final, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

NHL playoffs showcase Russia's goaltending renaissance

Sep. 17, 2020 11:33 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Nikolai Khabibulin wakes up in Yekaterinburg to watch NHL playoff highlights and beams with pride at the saves made by so many Russian goaltenders. For the first time, there were three Russian starting goaltenders in the conference finals, with Anton Khudobin of the Dallas Stars,...

Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6

Sep. 17, 2020 11:17 PM EDT
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6.
Dallas Stars' Blake Comeau (15) is stopped by Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner (90) as Golden Knights' Nicolas Roy (10) defends during first-period NHL Western Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stars wait inside bubble for Stanley Cup Final opponent

Sep. 16, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Blake Comeau and the Dallas Stars knew there would be the huge sacrifice of being away from their families once inside the NHL bubble, and those absences have only been amplified by monotonous gaps with little to do between playing games pretty much every other day. “We...

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...