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Lightning one period from winning Cup

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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning lead the Dallas Stars 2-0 after two periods in Game 6 of the final Monday night and are 20 minutes away from winning the Stanley Cup.

The a're on the verge of the second championship in franchise history in almost a poetic display of what got them to this point. New star Brayden Point scored a power-play goal in the first with assists from longtime standouts Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman, key trade deadline addition Blake Coleman killed a penalty and scored on an odd-man rush in the second, and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy did his job in net.

Tampa Bay is outshooting Dallas 22-8 after two and looks poised to finish the job against a worn down opponent missing five regular players.


NHL, NHLPA to discuss 2020-21 season

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The 64 days spent in the NHL playoff bubble feel like six months to Barclay Goodrow.

"It's tough," the Tampa Bay Lightning forward said. "It's been a grind."


Blackhawks acquire F Pirri from Vegas

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks acquired Brandon Pirri in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday, reuniting the forward with his first NHL team.

The Blackhawks sent Dylan Sikura to Vegas for the 29-year-old Pirri, who split last season between the Golden Knights and Chicago of the American Hockey League. The forward had two assists in 16 games with Vegas, and 15 goals and 20 assists in 38 games with Chicago.


Rangers trade D Staal, pick to Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings acquired defenseman Marc Staal and a second-round draft pick from the New York Rangers for future considerations Saturday.

The draft pick is in 2021. The 33-year-old Staal had two goals and nine assists in 52 games this past season. He has played his whole 13-season NHL career so far with the Rangers.


Habs sign D Petry to 4-year, $25M deal

MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens on Friday signed defenseman Jeff Petry to a four-year extension at an average of $6.25 million a year.

The 32-year-old Petry had 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists) in 71 games last season. Petry was Montreal's hits leader and led all Canadiens defensemen in takeaways. He added two game-winning goals and an assist in 10 playoff games.


Wings sign Gagner to 1-year extension

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Sam Gagner to a one-year contract extension Saturday.

The Red Wings acquired Gagner on Feb. 24 in a trade with Edmonton. He played six games for Detroit.


Senators put Ryan on waivers for buyout

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Bobby Ryan was placed on waivers by the Ottawa Senators on Friday for the purpose of a buyout.

Ryan won the Masterton Trophy, the NHL's award for perseverance, on Sept. 7 after publicly sharing his battle with alcohol issues. The 33-year-old forward entered the NHL/NHL Players' Assistance program on Nov. 20 to get help for his addiction issues.


Maple Leafs hire MacLean as assistant

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired former Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean as an assistant coach.

MacLean led the Senators to a 114-90-35 record and a pair of playoff appearances. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year in 2013 after being a finalist for the honor in 2012.


Penguins trade F Hornqvist to Panthers

PITTSBURGH (AP) Patric Hornqvist's grit helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win a pair of Stanley Cups. To keep their championship window opened, they decided it was time to move on without him.

The Penguins traded the 33-year-old forward to Florida on Thursday in exchange for Mike Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour.


Sabres sign F Lazar to 2-year contract

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres signed forward Curtis Lazar to a two-year, $1.6 million contract Thursday.

Lazar was a restricted free agent, who split last season between the NHL and the American Hockey League. He had five goals and five assists in 38 games with the Sabres.