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Vegas Golden Knights’ Shea Theodore (27) is checked by Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Toffoli (73) during second period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Lehner makes 32 saves, Vegas blanks Vancouver 3-0 in NHL playoff clash

Golden Knights lead Canucks 2-1 in best-of-seven series

Vegas Golden Knights’ Shea Theodore (27) is checked by Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Toffoli (73) during second period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vegas Golden Knights’ Max Pacioretty (67) and Vancouver Canucks’ Tanner Pearson (70) battle for the puck during second period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

NHL to postpone Thursday, Friday games amid protests over racial injustice

Reports say move was led by the Vancouver Canucks

Vegas Golden Knights’ Max Pacioretty (67) and Vancouver Canucks’ Tanner Pearson (70) battle for the puck during second period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vegas Golden Knights’ goalie Robin Lehner (90) makes the save as Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson (40) jumps and Nate Schmidt (88) defends during first period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

NHL playoffs: Pettersson, Toffoli have 3 points apiece as Canucks dump Golden Knights 5-2

Best-of-seven second-round series between Vancouver and Vegas tied at 1-1

Vegas Golden Knights’ goalie Robin Lehner (90) makes the save as Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson (40) jumps and Nate Schmidt (88) defends during first period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates during first period NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey action against the Tampa Bay Lightning, in Toronto, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Bubble fatigue cited as mental challenge during NHL playoffs

The NHL scheduled the second round of the playoffs to open before the first round was complete

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates during first period NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey action against the Tampa Bay Lightning, in Toronto, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Vegas Golden Knights’ Nick Cousins (21) and Vancouver Canucks’ Brock Boeser (6) get tangled up during second period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Golden Knights crush Canucks 5-0 to take Game 1 of NHL playoff series

Lehner gets shutout as Vegas proves too much for Vancouver

Vegas Golden Knights’ Nick Cousins (21) and Vancouver Canucks’ Brock Boeser (6) get tangled up during second period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) makes the save on St. Louis Blues’ Jaden Schwartz (17) during first period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) makes the save on St. Louis Blues’ Jaden Schwartz (17) during first period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Motte (64) celebrates a goal against the St. Louis Blues during first period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Motte (64) celebrates a goal against the St. Louis Blues during first period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) makes the save as St. Louis Blues’ Jaden Schwartz (17) screens during second period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) makes the save as St. Louis Blues’ Jaden Schwartz (17) screens during second period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) makes the save on St. Louis Blues’ Brayden Schenn (10) during third period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Blues edge Canucks 3-2 in OT to climb back into NHL playoff series

Vancouver leads best-of-7 series 2-1; Game 4 Monday

Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) makes the save on St. Louis Blues’ Brayden Schenn (10) during third period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Edmonton, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vancouver Canucks’ Zack MacEwen (71) and St. Louis Blues’ Zach Sanford (12) fight during the second period of a first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series in Edmonton, on Friday August 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

Vancouver Canucks’ Zack MacEwen (71) and St. Louis Blues’ Zach Sanford (12) fight during the second period of a first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series in Edmonton, on Friday August 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Duncan-born Philadelphia Flyers goalie coach Kim Dillabaugh works with Carter Hart during a practice session. (Philadelphia Flyers photo)

Cowichan’s Dillabaugh checks in from the NHL bubble in Toronto

Flyers’ Duncan-born goalie coach weighs in on hockey restart

Duncan-born Philadelphia Flyers goalie coach Kim Dillabaugh works with Carter Hart during a practice session. (Philadelphia Flyers photo)
Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) makes the save as St. Louis Blues’ Brayden Schenn (10) jumps during the second period of a first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series in Edmonton, on Wednesday August 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) makes the save as St. Louis Blues’ Brayden Schenn (10) jumps during the second period of a first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series in Edmonton, on Wednesday August 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
FILE - In this Nov., 5, 2019, file photo, Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson (40), of Sweden, skates with the puck while being watched by St. Louis Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly (90) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia. If there’s a polar opposite to the St. Louis Blues in terms of makeup and style, they’ll face it in the Vancouver Canucks. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Polar opposites: Big, tough Blues face small, quick Canucks

Canucks earned their spot in the round of 16 by beating the Minnesota Wild in the best-of-five qualifying round

FILE - In this Nov., 5, 2019, file photo, Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson (40), of Sweden, skates with the puck while being watched by St. Louis Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly (90) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia. If there’s a polar opposite to the St. Louis Blues in terms of makeup and style, they’ll face it in the Vancouver Canucks. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
Vancouver Canucks players celebrate the win over the Minnesota Wild during overtime NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Friday August 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vancouver Canucks players celebrate the win over the Minnesota Wild during overtime NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Friday August 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
(The Associated Press)

Rangers win 2nd phase of NHL draft lottery for right to choose Alexis Lafreniere

New York had a 1/8 shot — or 12.5 per cent — of grabbing the top pick

(The Associated Press)
(The Canadian Press)

Second phase of NHL draft lottery set for Monday

Each club eliminated from qualifying round has a 12.5 per cent shot at the No. 1 pick

(The Canadian Press)
Vancouver Canucks players celebrate the win over the Minnesota Wild during overtime NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Friday August 7, 2020. The Canucks will take on the St. Louis Blues in first-round playoff action. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

NHL playoffs: Canucks to meet St. Louis Blues in Round 1

Vancouver takes on defending champs beginning Wednesday

Vancouver Canucks players celebrate the win over the Minnesota Wild during overtime NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Friday August 7, 2020. The Canucks will take on the St. Louis Blues in first-round playoff action. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Minnesota Wild’s Jordan Greenway (18) is pushed over by Vancouver Canucks’ Christopher Tanev (8) as Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) looks for the shot during second period NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Friday August 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Minnesota Wild’s Jordan Greenway (18) is pushed over by Vancouver Canucks’ Christopher Tanev (8) as Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) looks for the shot during second period NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Friday August 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Minnesota Wild goalie Alex Stalock (32) is crashed into by Vancouver Canucks’ Loui Eriksson (21) during second period NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton on Thursday, August 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Canucks blank Wild 3-0, take series lead in penalty-filled NHL qualifying clash

Jacob Markstrom stops 27 shots to lead Vancouver past Minnesota

Minnesota Wild goalie Alex Stalock (32) is crashed into by Vancouver Canucks’ Loui Eriksson (21) during second period NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton on Thursday, August 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at a lab in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The NHL says the laboratories hired to conduct daily COVID-19 tests on players in Edmonton and Toronto keep their supply chains separate from the public’s to ensure never the twain shall meet. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

NHL and its labs say COVID-19 testing doesn’t overlap with public’s

Roughly 1,500 samples are collected and analysed daily in each city

Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at a lab in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The NHL says the laboratories hired to conduct daily COVID-19 tests on players in Edmonton and Toronto keep their supply chains separate from the public’s to ensure never the twain shall meet. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck