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Keith has career playoff game as Blackhawks eliminate Blues

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According to Yahoo! Sports, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks tied a career high with three assists and four points on Sunday as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-1 in game six of the Western Conference quarterfinals. With the win, the Blackhawks won the series 4-2.

Keith, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, won a gold medal for Canada in men's hockey at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. He recorded his first assist on a goal by Bryan Bickell in the first period, and then added primary assists on goals by Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews in the third period. Toews's goal at the forty-four second mark of the third period was the game winning goal.

Keith's goal, his second of the playoffs, came with 2:55 left in the third period and put Chicago up 5-1. The goal put the game completely out of reach for the Blues, who were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs despite having 111 regular season points.

Keith was not the only Canadian Olympic gold medalist to contribute to Chicago's outstanding offensive attack. Keith's defensive partner Brent Seabrook also had two assists, while Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp each scored a goal. Keith and Toews have won two Olympic Gold medals, while Sharp and Seabrook each have one.

The Blackhawks will now play the winner of the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild in the Central Division Final. The Avalanche lead the series 3-2 with game six in Minnesota on Monday night.

Meanwhile, the Anaheim Ducks eliminated the Dallas Stars with a 5-4 victory on Sunday. Canadian Olympic gold medalist Corey Perry registered two assists. The Ducks were actually trailing 4-2 with 2:10 left in the third period, when the Ducks scored two dramatic goals to tie the game before winning it in overtime on a goal by Nick Bonino.

Perry's two assists came on the Duck goals in the final minutes of the third period. First Perry set up Bonino, for the first of his two goals on Sunday, and then he registered an assist on a goal by Devante Smith-Pelly with 24 seconds left in the third period.

The Ducks will now play either the Los Angeles Kings or San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division Final. The Sharks currently lead the Kings 3-2 with game six tonight in Los Angeles.

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