Stanley Cup Playoffs

A video message about racism is played before an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game between the Boston Bruins against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 29, 2020 - 5:05 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Before playoff hockey returned to its usual intensity, the NHL and its players took time Saturday to highlight racial injustice and the sport's role in confronting it. Players pushed to postpone two days worth of games to protest the police shooting of Black man Jacob Blake...
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Players prepare for a skate at the NHL hockey playoffs venue in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hopes players and fans take a step back to pause and reflect on racial justice issues as the NHL takes a second day off from second-round series action on Friday, before games resume on Saturday. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 28, 2020 - 6:20 pm
Braydon Coburn was polite but stern in declining to answer the question. A day after NHL players showed a united front, prompting the league to postpone two nights of playoff games to focus on racial injustice concerns, the veteran Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman wasn’t deviating from the message. “...
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FILE - This is a July 2, 2019, file photo showing Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon at a news conference in Sunrise, Fla. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has confirmed to The Associated Press that the league is investigating allegations made against former Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon for making racially insensitive comments. Daly, in an email on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, did not provide any details of the allegations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
August 28, 2020 - 3:09 pm
The NHL is investigating whether former Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon made racially insensitive comments during the team's two-week stay in the playoff hub city of Toronto. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the investigation to The Associated Press on Friday. In an email,...
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Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) has his helmet strap caught on his nose as a scuffle breaks out against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period of an NHL hockey Eastern Conference Stanley Cup first round playoff game in Toronto, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 27, 2020 - 6:33 pm
The NHL postponed two days of playoff games Thursday after withering criticism from Black players who said the league was slow to acknowledge the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. The joint decision to put off games Thursday and Friday was reached by the league and the NHL Players’...
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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins with teammates during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 27, 2020 - 12:08 am
TORONTO (AP) — Ondrej Palat, Mikhail Sergachev and Alex Killorn scored power-play goals Wednesday night to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 7-1 rout of the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of their second-round NHL playoff series. Killorn added a second goal and Yanni Gourde, Brayden Point and Nikita...
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Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Philippe Myers (5) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with teammates during overtime in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game against the New York Islanders in Toronto, Ontario, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 26, 2020 - 8:29 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Phillippe Myers scored 2:40 into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday, tying the second-round playoff series at a game apiece. The Islanders overcame a 3-0 first-period deficit, with Jean-Gabriel Pageau getting the tying goal...
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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) scores the winning goal on Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) during overtime of an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game in Toronto, Ontario, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 26, 2020 - 1:51 am
TORONTO (AP) — The pressure of overtime hardly fazes the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have been as resilient as any team in the NHL playoffs. Ondrej Palat scored less than five minutes into yet another extra period for the second-seeded Lightning, who beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday to even their...
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New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (3) levels Philadelphia Flyers center Derek Grant (38) during first-period NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game action in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 24, 2020 - 9:44 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 shots, Andy Greene scored his first playoff goal in a decade and the New York Islanders opened their second-round series with a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Monday night. The Islanders buzzed early in their first playoff meeting with the rival...
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Dallas Stars head coach Rick Bowness looks up to Dale Hawerchuk as he is honored before NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action against the Calgary Flames, in Edmonton, Alberta, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 24, 2020 - 10:53 am
The hotels might be posh, their amenities and service first rate, and yet life inside the NHL’s two playoff bubbles isn’t exactly glamorous. Having spent nearly a month cooped up at the tunnel-connected hotel-arena complex in Edmonton, Alberta, Rick Bowness acknowledged there’s times he’s had to...
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Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner (90) makes the save on Vancouver Canucks' Jake Virtanen (18) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey playoff second-round series Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta.. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 24, 2020 - 3:06 am
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Robin Lehner recorded his first career playoff shutout and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 Sunday night in the first game of their second round playoff series. The 29-year-old Lehner, who is playing for his fifth NHL team, turned aside 26 shots. “I...
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