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Marleau scores OT winner for Sharks in win over Kings

Patrick Marleau
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According to TSN on Tuesday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Patrick Marleau of Aneroid, Saskatchewan scored the overtime winner as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Marleau notched the game winning goal at 6:20 of the extra period from Joe Pavelski and former Calgary Flame Scott Hannan.

It was Marleau's third goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Interestingly Marleau scored on the only shot the Sharks had in overtime, after the Kings had five shots on net on goaltender Antti Niemi.

Marleau, who had a goal and an assist, was one of two Canadian Olympic gold medalists to register a multi-point game in the contest. Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings notched two assists in the loss. Marleau and Doughty were teammates for Canada's gold medal winning hockey team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Marleau's assist came on a goal by Matt Nieto in the second period. According to CBC Sports, Nieto registered his first career playoff goal with his father in attendance. It was a very special moment for the native of Long Beach, California.

With the win, the Sharks now lead the Western Conference quarterfinal series 3-0. The Sharks are looking for revenge on the Kings, who beat San Jose in seven tough games last year.

Two other Canadian Olympic gold medalists with strong games on Tuesday night were New York Rangers. Martin St. Louis of Laval, Quebec had a goal and an assist and Rick Nash of Brampton, Ontario had two assists as the New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1.

St. Louis scored the game winning goal at 10:24 of the first period from Nash and defenseman Dan Girardi to put the Rangers up 2-0 at the time. St. Louis and Nash also assisted on Derek Stepan's opening goal for the Rangers at 3:54 of the first period. With the victory, the Rangers take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Nash and St. Louis each won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Nash also won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.