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(The Sports Xchange) - Center Jean Beliveau, an all-time NHL great who totaled 1,219 points in 1,125 games, all with the Montreal Canadiens, died Tuesday at age 83.

Beliveau joined the Canadiens for his first NHL game on Dec. 16, 1950, at the age of 19. His 20-season career was highlighted by 10 Stanley Cup Championships.

Months after announcing his retirement, Beliveau's No. 4 was retired by the Canadiens and in 1972, the Hockey Hall of Fame waived its three-year waiting period to immediately induct him.

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The Los Angeles Kings reached agreement Wednesday with defenseman Alec Martinez on a six-year contract extension.

Martinez capped a strong 2013-14 season in June by scoring the winning goal during overtime in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The 27-year-old finished the regular season with a career-best 11 goals and 22 points in 61 games. He added five goals and 10 points in 24 playoff games.

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The NHL suspended Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo for two games without pay for his hit on New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr during a game Tuesday.

The NHL Department of Player safety said in its ruling that Bortuzzo delivered a "late, violent hit" at 17:57 of the second period in the Penguins' 1-0 win and that Jagr was defenseless.   Continued...

 
Los Angeles Kings' Alec Martinez (L) celebrates with goaltender Jonathan Quick after they defeated the Vancouver Canucks in a penalty shootout during their NHL game in Los Angeles, California, January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson