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Wed Nov 5, 2014 7:35pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a four-year, $23 million contract extension Wednesday.

The deal begins with the 2015-16 season and runs through the 2018-19 campaign, and has an average annual value of $5.75 million.

Fleury, 29, is off to one of the best starts of his career, posting a 7-2 record, 1.89 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and a league-leading (tied) three shutouts in nine starts. He had back-to-back shutouts in his previous two starts for the first time in his career.

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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson was suspended three games without pay Wednesday for an illegal hit to the head of Carolina Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty.

Johnson was given a two-minute minor penalty at 7:31 of the third period for an illegal check to the head of Tlusty, who left the game and did not return. Carolina won the game 4-2.

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The Detroit Red Wings released a statement Tuesday from the Howe family regarding the much-improved condition of hockey legend Gordie Howe after he suffered a major stroke Oct. 26.

"The Howe family is pleased to report that over the past week Mr. Hockey has been recovering at a remarkable rate, including his speech, and his ability to walk with the assistance of a walker," the statement read.   Continued...

Nov 1, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a save as Buffalo Sabres left wing Marcus Foligno (82) looks for a rebound during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports