Alec Martinez became a hockey folk hero with his two playoff-series-winning overtime goals last summer. The Los Angeles Kings want him around for six more seasons to make some new memories.

The club agreed to a six-year, $24 million contract extension Wednesday with Martinez, the defenseman whose overtime goal won the Stanley Cup for the Kings in June.

Hopeful on Howe

Gordie Howe's family was hopeful the hockey great would be out of the hospital before the end of the night Wednesday after he was treated for dehydration.

In a statement released by the Detroit Red Wings, Howe's family said he was having difficulty eating solid foods and has been unable to walk for more than three weeks, but his mental awareness was improving.

The 86-year-old Howe suffered what his children called a serious stroke in late October. He has been staying at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas.

Canadiens fall

Jason Zucker and Jason Pominville scored improbable goals to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in St. Paul, Minn.

All Montreal players wore No. 4 on their helmets in honor of the late Jean Beliveau.

- Associated Press