According to TSN on Friday, Canadian Olympic gold medalists Brent Seabrook and Patrick Sharp had multi-point games as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-2 in game one of the Central Division final of the 2014 National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoffs. Seabrook and Sharp each notched two assists.
Seabrook, a native of Richmond, British Columbia, who won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, recorded his first assist on the power play in the first period as left winger Bryan Bickell opened the scoring with this third goal of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. Seabrook and Sharp then recorded assists on Patrick Kane's game winning goal that broke a 2-2 tie at 8:22 of the third period.
Sharp, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, who won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, then recorded a second assist on an insurance goal by Kane, who put the Blackhawks up 4-2 with 3:13 left in the third period. For Sharp, he now has three points in two games after not registering a point in his first five playoff games.
Seabrook meanwhile has had an excellent postseason. Even though he was suspended three games in the Western Conference quarterfinal for a hit on David Backes of the St. Louis Blues, Seabrook has eight points in the playoff to date (two goals and six assists), and is tied with Kane and Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jonathan Toews for the most points by a Chicago Blackhawk player in the postseason.
The Blackhawks will now play the Wild in game two of the Central Division final on Sunday afternoon. Game time is 1 p.m. and can be seen on TSN in Canada and NBC in the United States. In other action Friday, Derick Brassard scored the overtime winner as the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 to take a 1-0 lead in the Atlantic Divison final.