According to TSN, two Canadian Olympic gold medalists scored the game winning goals for their respective teams in National Hockey League playoff action on Monday night. Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars each scored the game winning goal to help the Blackhawks and Stars get back into their Western Conference quaterfinal series.
Toews scored his first goal of the 2014 National Hockey League postseason at 4:10 of the first period from Sheldon Brookbank and Duncan Keith. The early goal for the Blackhawks was enough and was the only goal in the contest until Marcus Kruger scored an empty net goal with 20 seconds remaining in the third period to give Chicago a 2-0 victory. With the win, the Blackhawks won their first game of the series, but still trail 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference quarterfinals.
Game four of the Blues/Blackhawks series is slated for Wednesday night. Note the start time is 7:30 p.m. mountain. It is an hour later than most games that come from Chicago.
Benn meanwhile scored his game winning goal also in the first period. With 35 seconds left, Benn put the Dallas Stars up 1-0 from former Edmonton Oiler captain Shawn Horcoff and Trevor Daley. It was Benn's second goal of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Valeri Nichushkin added a second period goal and Ryan Garbutt added a third period goal for Dallas in a 3-0 shutout victory. The Stars now trail the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in the Western Conference quarterfinal series with game four slated for Dallas on Wednesday evening.
Benn and Toews each won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Toews also won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Monday evening will also be remembered for three shutouts. Kari Lehtonen made 37 saves in Dallas's 3-0 win over Anaheim. Corey Crawford made 34 saves in Chicago's 2-0 win over St. Louis. Also Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves in Minnesota's 1-0 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche. With the win, the Wild won their first playoff game of the series, but still trail the Avalanche two games to one.