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Penguins Recall Goaltender Matt Murray and Forwards Conor Sheary and Kevin Porter

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Matt Murray and forwards Conor Sheary and Kevin Porter from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Kris Letang and Beau Bennett have been placed on injured reserve.

Murray, 21, has compiled impressive totals again this season, posting a 12-4 record, a 1.84 goals-against average, a .938 save percentage and four shutouts in 17 games.

The reigning AHL goaltender and rookie of the year, Murray ranks first (tied) in the league in shutouts, second in save percentage, third in goals-against average and fourth in victories.

Last season, the 6-foot-4, 178-pound Murray was first in the AHL in goals-against average (1.58), save percentage (.941) and shutouts (12), earning him spots on the AHL First-Team All-Star and All-Rookie squads. His 25 wins were tied for fifth-most in the league.

A third-round (83rd overall) draft pick by the Penguins in 2012, Murray has played in 58 career AHL games, going 37-15-3 with 16 shutouts. He’s averaged a shutout once every 3.6 AHL games.

Sheary, 23, currently ranks tied for fourth in the AHL scoring race alongside teammate Dominik Simon with 25 points (6G-19A) in 24 games. Their 25 points lead WBS.

A Melrose, Massachusetts native, Sheary has scored four of his six goals in his past eight games. He also has points in seven of his last nine contests.

Sheary was WBS’ leading scorer last season both in the regular season (20G-25A-45PTS) and during the playoffs (5G-7A-12PTS). In two seasons with WBS, he’s been a point-per-game performer during the postseason with 23 points (11G-12A) in 23 games.

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Sheary originally joined the Penguins’ organization on an amateur tryout contract in 2014, then played last year on an AHL deal. He signed his first NHL contract this July.

Porter, 29, will be making his second stint in Pittsburgh this year. He notched one assist in eight games earlier in the season. During that span, he ranked third among team forwards with an average of 1:42 shorthanded minutes, as the Penguins killed off 24 of 26 shorthanded chances while he was in Pittsburgh.

The Detroit, Michigan native has five goals, four assists and nine points with a plus-11 in 16 AHL games with WBS this year.

Porter, who stands 5-foot-11, 191 pounds, has played 214 career NHL games with Arizona, Colorado, Buffalo and Pittsburgh, totaling 29 goals, 27 assists and 56 points.

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