Drop the puck for some summer hockey: Playoffs get under way

The Edmonton Oilers and the Chicago Blackhawks circle for the national anthem before an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Jaccob Slavin (74) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammate Sebastian Aho (20) during the first period in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO — Players watching the opening minutes of the first NHL game in several months marveled at the familiar feeling from half a continent away.