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The Wraparound: Pens force Game Seven, get replay help; Sabres' McCormick in Hip tribute

Happy birthday, Matt Murray. You get to play a Game Seven.

You'll also get to play in the World Cup of Hockey.

Murray made 28 saves Tuesday night as Pittsburgh avoided elimination with a 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay. The series is tied, 3-3, with Game Seven set for Thursday in Pittsburgh.

"He's a real hard competitor, and I think one of his biggest strengths is just his ability to stay in the moment and not get overwhelmed by the circumstances surrounding him," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "He controls what he can. I think he has a calming influence on the group."

Not bad for some who was 21 years old Tuesday and 22 on Wednesday.

His age has placed him on Team North America for the World Cup this fall. Originally viewed as the backup to Anaheim's John Gibson, Murray has almost certainly played his way into the starting lineup for Jack Eichel's team.


The outcome could have been different for the Lightning if not for the much-debated coach's challenge. Jonathan Drouin blew the roof of the Tampa arena with 5:12 gone in the first period, giving the home team a 1-0 lead. It was erased by millimeters.

"It was a huge moment in the game," Sullivan said. "Our video guy saw it and it was close, but he felt as though it was offside, and it was close enough that we certainly wanted to challenge it. It was a great call by him.

"If they get the first goal, it lights up the building, and all of a sudden, momentum gets difficult."


The Sharks will try for their first appearance in the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night when they host St. Louis (9 p.m., NBCSN).

"You think it's really close but it's not," forward Logan Couture said in the San Jose Mercury News. "The last one is going to be the toughest one to win."

The Blues will attempt to force Game Seven at home Friday. They went to a deciding game in the first two rounds before beating Chicago and Dallas.


Hockey fans and Canadian rockers The Tragically Hip have announced their summer tour.

Tributes have poured out to the band since Tuesday's stunning announcement that lead singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer. This one includes Sabres forward Cody McCormick and every goal he's scored in the NHL.




The Buffalo News' annual Road to the NHL Draft, featuring profiles of 30 players in 30 days, will begin online Wednesday afternoon and in Thursday's paper.

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