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Bruins extend D McAvoy for 8 years, $76M

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BOSTON (AP) Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy has big plans for his newfound money after signing an eight-year, $76 million contract extension.

"I might go get my dog a handful of bones," he said Friday after agreeing to the deal that could keep him in Boston through 2030.

"It's such a whirlwind," he said. "Now I just get to do what I love, which is play hockey, and there's no stress around that. Just getting to come to work every day and do what I love."


Bertuzzi nets 4 but Tampa rallies in OT

DETROIT (AP) Ondrej Palat scored with 2:17 left in overtime, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 7-6 comeback victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

Tyler Bertuzzi scored a career-high four goals, including three in the second period, to help the Red Wings take a three-goal lead three times.


Kraken beat Predators for 1st victory

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Seattle Kraken wound up having to wait longer to play their first regular-season game on home ice than they did their first victory.

Brandon Tanev scored his second goal into an empty net with 1:21 left, and the Kraken beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night for the first victory in the expansion franchise's second game.


Kopitar has 3 goals, 2 assists in win

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings are hoping that some of their young players step to the forefront to help end a three-year postseason drought. But on opening night, it was the veteran standouts from the franchise's two Stanley Cup title runs that led the way.

Anze Kopitar had the Kings' third hat trick in an opener and two assists, and Drew Doughty added a goal and three assists in Los Angeles' 6-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.


Tkachuk, Sens agree to 7 years, $57.5M

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Brady Tkachuk and the Ottawa Senators agreed to a seven-year, $57.5 million contract Thursday.

The Senators made the announcement in the morning, hours before Ottawa's home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tkachuk arrived at Canadian Tire Centre during the first period and was shown on the big screen flashing his trademark Frank the Tank shimmy during a television timeout.


Jackets rip Coyotes in Larsen's debut

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Oliver Bjorkstrand had two goals and two assists, Max Domi added a goal and two assists and the Columbus Blue Jackets made Brad Larsen a winner in his coaching debut with an 8-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

Alexandre Texier, Boone Jenner, Jake Bean, Zach Werenski and Gus Nyquist also scored for Columbus. Vladislav Gavrikov, Jakub Voracek and Jack Roslevic had two assists apiece as 13 Columbus players earned points in the opener.


Forsberg stops 46 as Sens hold off Leafs

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Anton Forsberg made a career-high 46 saves and the Ottawa Senators scored three times in the first period in a season-opening 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Playing hours after the Senators signed Brady Tkachuk to a seven-year contract extension, Tyler Ennis had a goal and an assist and Chris Tierney and Alex Formenton also scored. Forsberg started in goal with Matt Murray fighting a cold.


Svechnikov powers 'Canes past Islanders

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour felt good about the way his new-look roster played together on the opening night of the season. The familiar faces from three straight playoff appearances - led by Andrei Svechnikov - were pretty sharp, too.

Svechnikov had two goals and an assist to help the Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 6-3 on Thursday night in a matchup of Eastern Conference playoff contenders.


Panthers rally, down Penguins in OT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Aaron Ekblad had the simplest assessment of how opening night went for the Florida Panthers.

"Comeback `Cats," he said.


Stars top Rangers on Heiskanen's OT goal

NEW YORK (AP) Miro Heiskanen scored 1:38 into overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Thursday night to spoil coach Gerard Gallant's home debut at Madison Square Garden.

Heiskanen, who also had an assist, took a lead pass from Jamie Benn, swooped in on goalie Igor Shesterkin and buried a high shot to give the Stars a victory in their first game of the season.

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