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Canadian Olympic gold medallsts help Sharks attack Kings

Patrick Marleau
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According to TSN, the San Jose Sharks hammered the Los Angeles Kings 7-2 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference quarterfinal series. The Sharks scored seven unanswered goals after the Kings opened the scoring with two first period goals.

Canadian Olympic gold medalists were prominent in the Sharks attack. Patrick Marleau of Aneroid, Saskatchewan, a gold medalist from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, registered a goal and an assist. Marleau's goal, his second of the postseason, put the Sharks up 4-2 at the time. Meanwhile, Dan Boyle of Ottawa, Ontario registered two assists and Joe Thornton of London, Ontario scored a goal. Boyle and Thornton each won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

Another Canadian Olympic gold medalist had a multi-point game in a winning result for his team on Sunday. Edmonton native Jarome Iginla of the Boston Bruins had two assists in Boston's 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. With the victory, the Bruins tied the Red Wings at one game apiece in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Iginla won a gold medal for Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

Meanwhile Canadian Olympic gold medalist Brent Seabrook of the Chicago Blackhawks has been suspended three games for his hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Backes in game two of their Western Conference quarterfinal series on Saturday according to the Canadian Press. Seabrook got his elbow up on Backes, who seemed very wheezy after the hit.

Seabrook's penalty was costly for Chicago. Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game tying goal on the power play with seven seconds left in regulation before Barret Jackman scored the overtime winner for the Blues. With the win, St. Louis leads Chicago 2-0 in the series.

Seabrook, who won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, will be missed significantly in Chicago's lineup offensively and defensively. The native of Richmond, British Columbia had four points in two games to lead the Blackhawks in scoring. Game three is Monday night in Chicago.

Another Canadian Olympic gold medalist will not be playing Monday. According to Craig Custance of ESPN, Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche might miss the entire first round of the Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Minnesota Wild with a knee injury he suffered in March.

Luckily, for the Avalanche who are leading the Wild 2-0 in the series, the Avalanche line of Paul Stastny, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog has been electrifying. They have 17 points as a unit in only two games. Game three of the series is tonight in Minnesota.