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Keith scores game winner as Blackhawks beat Kings

Duncan Keith
Duncan Keith
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According to the TSN website on Sunday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Duncan Keith of Winnipeg, Manitoba scored the game winning goal at 11:54 of the second period as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 in game one of the Western Conference Final. With the win, the Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead in the best out of seven series.

Keith scored his third goal of the postseason from Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger. Keith, who won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and again at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, delivered a hard slapshot from the point that beat Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. The goal put the Blackhawks up 2-1 at the time.

Then in the third period, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jonathan Toews of Winnipeg, Manitoba scored a key insurance goal for the Blackhawks with 3:50 left in the contest. Toews won a gold medal as well for Canada in men's hockey at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and again at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

The Blackhawks are going for their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship. They defeated the Boston Bruins in six games last season. With Sunday's win, they are seven wins away from achieving that goal.

Meanwhile, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens will be out for the remainder of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers after Kreider skated hard into Price during game one of the series on Saturday. Price, a goaltender, was the heart and soul for the Canadiens and it will be difficult for Montreal to bounce back and beat the New York Rangers now.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien will now go with rookie Dustin Tokarski, who has played a total of 10 National Hockey League regular season games, according to TSN. Tokarski gets the start over Peter Budaj, who was ineffective in coming into relief for Price in game one of the series.