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Panthers aim to even Cup Final vs. Vegas

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Despite losing Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Florida Panthers aren't ready to hit the panic button.

Far from it, in fact.

"It's just one game," forward Anthony Duclair said Sunday. "For us, we've been here before. Learn from (Saturday) night, watch a little video and just have fun."


Experienced Maurice, Cassidy square off

LAS VEGAS (AP) The joy Paul Maurice felt on the morning of the start of the Stanley Cup Final was also tinged with sadness. The veteran coach knew there were only at most seven more games left to play.

He had developed a greater appreciation for this moment with the Florida Panthers, 21 removed from his first trip to the final. Bruce Cassidy felt the same way being back as coach of the Vegas Golden Knights three years after falling one win short with Boston.


Theodore finds rhythm at right time

LAS VEGAS (AP) Without a goal all playoffs, Shea Theodore found the net just when the Vegas Golden Knights needed it.

With Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final tied at 1 midway through the second period, Theodore took a pass at one side of the blue line, skated to the other side, circled back to dangle Florida Panthers forward Anthony Duclair and move into the slot before firing a wrist shot past Sergei Bobrovsky.


Panthers not about to panic over loss

LAS VEGAS (AP) Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice might have been channeling his inner Aaron Rodgers when he told the assembled media Saturday night to "breathe."

The Panthers had minutes earlier lost Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final 5-2 to the Vegas Golden Knights, giving up three goals in the third period.


Bettman: NHL still committed to Arizona

LAS VEGAS (AP) Commissioner Gary Bettman says the NHL is still committed to Arizona after Tempe voters rejected a referendum for a Coyotes arena.

Bettman said the team is looking at other areas around Phoenix for a long-term home.


Bedard 1st to sweep CHL awards

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia (AP) Connor Bedard became the first player in Canadian Hockey League history to sweep the Player of the Year, Top Prospect and Top Scorer awards Saturday night at the Memorial Cup.

Expected to be selected first overall in the NHL draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, the 17-year-old Regina Pats star had 71 goals and 72 assists in 57 regular-season games in the Western Hockey League. He added 10 goals and 10 assists in a seven-game first-round playoff loss Saskatoon.


Eichel making most of 1st postseason

LAS VEGAS (AP) Jack Eichel didn't know what to expect when the NHL playoffs began in April.

He just knew he was eager to experience the postseason for the first time in his eight-year career - and what a time it's been for him. Eichel is a major reason why the Vegas Golden Knights are in the Stanley Cup Final.


Patrick Kane has surgery, out 4-6 months

Patrick Kane underwent hip resurfacing surgery Thursday and is expected to miss four to six months.

Agent Pat Brisson confirmed Kane's operation in a text message to The Associated Press. The extended absence appears to rule out Kane for an NHL training camp but means he may be able to return early in the regular season.


Pens hire Dubas as hockey ops president

PITTSBURGH (AP) Kyle Dubas wanted to take a breath and take a break after being fired as the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Then the Pittsburgh Penguins called.


TNT readies for first Stanley Cup Final

Turner Sports has had its share of significant sports events. The Stanley Cup Final, though, will be the first time a champion from one of North America's four major pro sports will air on TNT.

Saturday's Game 1 between the Florida Panthers and Vegas Golden Knights also marks the first time since 1994 the final will be entirely on cable.

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