Stanley Cup Playoffs

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, San Jose Sharks interim coach Bob Boughner watches during an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks, in San Jose, Calif. The San Jose Sharks have retained Bob Boughner as their coach, removing the interim tag to make him the ninth full-time head coach in franchise history. The Sharks finalized their coaching staffs at the NHL and AHL levels Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
September 22, 2020 - 3:50 pm
The San Jose Sharks saw enough from Bob Boughner behind their bench last season to be confident he's the coach to lead them back to the top. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson formally retained Boughner as San Jose's coach Tuesday, removing the interim tag to make him the ninth full-time head coach...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) breaks up a pass intended for Montreal Canadiens center Nick Suzuki (14) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Tampa, Fla. This is a Stanley Cup matchup for all of those who like their games to be a bit defensive. The Dallas Stars and the Lightning, two of the league's southernmost teams playing for the title in a bubble at the NHL's most northern arena in Edmonton, both have defensemen who provide plenty of points. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
September 18, 2020 - 6:54 pm
This was already going to be an unusual Stanley Cup, and it now has a matchup for all of those who like their games to be a bit defensive. The Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, two of the league's southernmost teams playing for the title in a bubble in the NHL's northernmost arena in Edmonton,...
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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) celebrates with Ondrej Palat (18) after his goal against the New York Islanders during the first period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference final, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 17, 2020 - 11:21 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Anthony Cirelli scored in overtime to send the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final with a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday night. Cirelli returned in the third after injuring his right knee in the second...
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Members of the Dallas Stars pose with the Clarence Campbell Bowl, awarded to the NHL's Western Conference champions, after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in overtime NHL Western Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 15, 2020 - 5:58 am
The Dallas Stars were mired in a six-game losing streak when the season was paused for 4 1/2 months because of the coronavirus pandemic, and have been outscored and outshot since getting inside the NHL bubble. Yet now they are one of only three teams still playing, already set for their first...
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Dallas Stars' Corey Perry (10) reacts as the puck goes in past Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner (90) on a goal by Denis Gurianov during overtime NHL Western Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 15, 2020 - 12:52 am
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jamie Benn and Dallas enjoyed the moment so much that the relative silence was pretty much an afterthought. The Stars are going to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years. “I've been in a couple rinks where we've clinched to go to the finals, and it erupts,"...
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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)
September 13, 2020 - 7:37 pm
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 after...
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Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin (35) makes a save against the Vegas Golden Knights as Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (2) slides into the crease during second-period NHL Western Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 13, 2020 - 12:04 am
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Anton Khudobin gloved the puck out of the air on Shea Theodore's shot at the most intense moment of the game like it was part of a leisurely morning practice. “I just tried to find the puck and react to it,” Khudobin said with the same nonchalance. “I don’t know if it’s...
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Dallas Stars' Alexander Radulov (47) celebrate his overtime goal against the Vegas Golden Knights with Joe Pavelski (16) in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Western Conference final, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Stars won 3-2. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 11, 2020 - 12:16 am
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The entire Dallas Stars bench was yelling out to Joe Pavelski about what to do with the puck after a broken play in front of them only seconds into overtime. Pavelski delivered, with a cross-ice pass to a breaking Alexander Radulov, who scored 31 seconds into overtime on a...
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New York Islanders center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) celebrates with goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game action in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 10, 2020 - 4:52 am
Joe Pavelski was the captain of a team that went to the Western Conference finals last season, playing opposite Patrick Maroon’s team that went on to win the Stanley Cup. Chandler Stephenson won a Stanley Cup title two seasons ago with the Washington Capitals, the team he was still playing with at...
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Vegas Golden Knights' Mark Stone (61) and Paul Stastny (26) celebrate a goal against Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin (35) during the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Western Conference final, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 08, 2020 - 11:04 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Paul Stastny scored to end a lengthy goal drought by Vegas forwards, Robin Lehner stopped all 24 shots he faced for his fourth shutout of the playoffs and the Golden Knights rediscovered their winning ways and beat the Dallas Stars 3-0 Tuesday in Game 2 of the Western...
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