A Full Guide to the 2021 NHL Playoffs

The playoffs open on Saturday with Game 1 between the Capitals and Bruins, one of the eight first-round matchups. Things look a little different this year.

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What Is Lightning Coach Jon Cooper’s ‘Special Sauce?’

Cooper, the Tampa Bay Lightning coach, won the 2020 Stanley Cup to add to his enviable trophy case. One key to his success, a former boss said, is that he keeps learning.

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Could Tampa Bay Be the New Titletown?

The success of the Buccaneers, Lightning and Rays — pro sports punch lines turned finals contestants — is a run that rivals past glory years in Boston, New York or Los Angeles.

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N.H.L. Enters Another Abbreviated Season

Tampa Bay will try to defend its title without one of its stars, and the Seattle expansion draft after the season will affect teams’ personnel decisions.

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Stanley Cup Tradition May Be Derailed by Pandemic Safety Concerns

The Lightning have held a parade and a stadium celebration, albeit with limited capacity. But each player getting a day with the trophy, a rite since 1995, is uncertain.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Win Stanley Cup in Pandemic ‘Bubble’

The Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars, four games to two, to win their second championship, in a season upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hockey Needs Viewers. It Should Not Glorify Pain and Violence to Get Them.

A promotional video posted by the N.H.L. that glorified pain showed a disturbing embrace of violence by the league. The post has since been deleted.

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Stars Beat Lightning in Double Overtime to Force Game 6

Corey Perry’s goal gave Dallas a 3-2 victory and stopped Tampa Bay from clinching its second Stanley Cup.

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Lightning Have Championship in Sights After Winning Third Straight Game

Kevin Shattenkirk scored on the power play in overtime to give Tampa Bay a 5-4 win and a lead of three games to one over Dallas.

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The Lightning Gain Stamkos, and the Lead

The Tampa Bay captain played less than three minutes, but scored in a 5-2 win over Dallas in Game 3.

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He Has Worked With Both Stanley Cup Coaches. Who Is He Rooting For?

George Gwozdecky, a former Lightning assistant, once worked with Tampa Bay’s coach, Jon Cooper, and Dallas’s, Rick Bowness.

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Dallas Gets Goals From Unlikely Sources in Win Over Lightning

Defensemen Joel Hanley and Jamie Oleksiak each scored in the Stars’ 4-1 win, as Dallas took a 1-0 lead in the series over Tampa Bay.

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Dallas Has Rallied and Tampa Bay Has Cruised. Now They’ll Collide.

The Stars have made a habit of coming from behind, while the Lightning have played only one six-game series.

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The Last Islanders Team to Advance This Far Sees a Little of Itself

As happened in 1993, the timely help of role players lifted the franchise to the conference finals. But behind in the series, 2-0, to Tampa Bay, these Islanders risk suffering the same fate.

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N.H.L. Conference Finals Begin After Hectic Second Round

Three teams won Game 7s to advance. Dallas and Vegas start the action with Game 1 on Sunday night in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Islanders Defeat Flyers and Head to Conference Finals for First Time Since 1993

The Islanders shut out the Flyers, 4-0, in Game 7 of their playoff series and now face the Tampa Bay Lightning to decide who goes to the Stanley Cup finals.

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In a Pair of ‘Hubs,’ the N.H.L. Postseason Has Been Anything but Neutral

Fighting has made a comeback, rest is more important than ever and players are hiding injuries from opponents staying in the same hotel. “It’s been nasty from the beginning,” said one TV analyst.

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