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Penguins give G Murray 3-year extension

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray raises the Stanley Cup after Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, June 12, 2016. The Penguins won 3-1 to win the series 4-2. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images via AP, Pool)

PITTSBURGH (AP) Matt Murray's breakout performance in last year's Stanley Cup playoffs earned the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender a hefty raise.

The 22-year-old and the team agreed to a three-year extension beginning next season that will pay Murray $3.75 million per season.

Murray helped the Penguins to the franchise's fourth championship last spring after taking over for injured Marc-Andre Fleury then held onto the job once Fleury returned from a concussion. Murray went 15-6 with a 2.08 goals against average and a .923 save percentage in the postseason. He would have been a restricted free agent at the end of this season. The new deal will keep him in the fold through 2020.


NHL, NHLPA create program for ex-players

The NHL and NHLPA have launched a program designed to help players plan their post-hockey careers long before they hang up their skates.

The Core Development Program will give players avenues to further their education, network and find out what jobs they may be suited for, such as finance and broadcasting. League and NHL Players Association officials say the program announced Thursday targets young players, not just those in the twilight of their careers.


Laine nets 3 to rally Jets from 4-0 hole

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Rookie Patrik Laine got the last laugh in his anticipated showdown with Auston Matthews, then cracked a joke or two after.

Laine completed a hat trick 2:40 into overtime, helping the Winnipeg Jets overcome a four-goal deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Wednesday night.


Howard saves 32 as Wings top Rangers 2-1

NEW YORK (AP) Jimmy Howard's coach couldn't stop raving about the goaltender's performance.

"Jimmy stole the game," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said of Howard, whose 32-save effort led the Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. "Jimmy had one of the best performances I've seen out of any goalie at any level."


Pens, Sharks set to meet in Cup rematch

PITTSBURGH (AP) The stakes are nowhere near the same: hockey immortality versus two points in the standings in the second week of a long season.

Still, the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins expect the atmosphere to be a little more heated than the usual NHL October product when they meet Thursday night barely four months removed from Pittsburgh's six-game victory in the Stanley Cup Final.


Bergeron expected to make debut Thursday

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins won twice and lost once during their season-opening trip despite missing center Patrice Bergeron because of a lower-body injury.

When they host the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden in their home opener Thursday night, the Bruins are expected to have their scoring leader back.


Coyotes recall Peters with Smith hurt

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have recalled goalie Justin Peters from the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL to serve as an emergency backup after starter Mike Smith injured his left leg.

Smith was injured in Tuesday night's game against Ottawa when he twisted to stop a shot and landed awkwardly on his left leg. He had to be helped from the ice and coach Dave Tippett said Wednesday that Smith is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and the team is awaiting test results.


Isles recall D Pulock on emergency basis

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders recalled defenseman Ryan Pulock on an emergency basis Wednesday from Bridegeport of the American Hockey League.

The 22-year-old Pulock had an assist and a plus-2 rating in Bridgeport's first two games of the season. Last season, He had two goals and two assists in 15 games with the Islanders last season and seven goals and 17 assists in 51 games with the Sound Tigers.


Hossa's 500th goal helps Blackhawks win

CHICAGO (AP) Marian Hossa was almost headed for an awkward celebration of his 500th career goal. Then the Chicago Blackhawks put together one final push, making sure it was a sweet night for their accomplished winger.

Artem Anisimov snapped a third-period tie with his first goal of the season and then had an empty-netter with 45 seconds left, helping the Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4 on Tuesday.


Tampa ties it late, beats Panthers in SO

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning overcame an unusual call that went against them and remained undefeated.

Brayden Point scored the game-winning goal in the sixth round of a shootout, and the Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Tuesday night.

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