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Pens ink Malkin to $76 mil. extension

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Russian center Evgeni Malkin has agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension worth $76 million with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the club announced Thursday.

The deal begins with the 2014-15 campaign and runs through the end of the 2021-22 season. Malkin is set to make $9.5 million for each of the eight seasons under the new deal.

Pittsburgh was swept out of this season’s playoffs by Boston in the Eastern Conference final earlier this month after having the best record in the East during the regular season.

The 26-year-old from Magnitogorsk won the NHL scoring title in 2012 and 2009, and along with Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr are the only Penguins to have taken the Art Ross Trophy as scoring king in multiple seasons.

Last year, Malkin scored 50 goals and was named the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. In 2009, he helped the Penguins win their third Stanley Cup title and was named the Most Valuable Player of the NHL playoffs.

Malkin, a two-time Olympian for Russia, sparked his homeland to the world title in 2012 and was named Most Valuable Player of the World Championships.

Malkin, the second pick of the 2004 NHL Draft, played this season for his hometown Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League while the NHL was shut down during a lockout, scoring 23 goals in 37 games before the dispute was settled and he returned to the Penguins.

Short night for Hossa

CHICAGO
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Long after the celebration was over, Marian Hossa finally made it home and managed to fall asleep around 3 a.m. The Chicago star woke up a few hours later, roused by a noisy neighbor.

“I think my neighbor decided he was going to drill in the morning. That was really unpleasant,” Hossa said Thursday. “You know, hopefully, he is going to get the message for next time, he won’t drill. Feel a little tired today.”

It’s OK, Marian. Everyone was a little tired after a rousing start to the Stanley Cup finals.

Chicago and Boston played three overtimes Wednesday night in the fifth-longest game in the history of the NHL’s marquee series. It finally came to an end — at the stroke of midnight, no less — when Andrew Shaw deflected Dave Bolland’s shot into the goal to give the Blackhawks the victory.

It was a deflating outcome for the Bruins, who also lost important forward Nathan Horton to an injury during the first overtime, while the Blackhawks seemed relieved that they didn’t have to sit on such a heartbreaking loss for two days before Game 2 on Saturday night.