NHL Hockey

Physical Stars take Game 1 of Cup finals

(AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Dallas Stars players on the bench yelled at their teammates, "Hit 'em!" They did, over and over, the body checks and the shouts easily heard throughout an arena left empty because of the pandemic for this most unusual Stanley Cup Final.

The well-rested Stars came out and hammered the banged-up Tampa Bay Lightning, taking it to them for two periods and relying on goaltender Anton Khudobin to close the door in the third to win 4-1 Saturday night for a 1-0 lead. By the time the talented Lightning got rolling, it was too late.

"I don't even know if you need to take a shower after the first two periods," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "They came out, they were skating and I think we probably dipped our toes in the water a little bit and watched them skate around for a bit."

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