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Vlasic has career playoff game as Sharks beat Kings

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According to Yahoo! Sports, for the first time in his career, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Marc-Edouard Vlasic of Montreal, Quebec recorded a multi-point game in the playoffs as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-3 on Thursday evening.

Vlasic, who was the first star, notched a goal and an assist for two points as the Sharks took a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference quarterfinal. Vlasic's first goal was with 3:31 left in the second period. It was a power play marker from Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture that put the Sharks up 5-0 at the time.

Vlasic's assist came earlier in the second period on a goal by Raffi Torres. Torres's marker was the game winning goal that put San Jose up 4-0 at the time. Other Sharks who registered a multi-point game on Thursday evening were Brent Burns and Hertl who had a goal and an assist each and James Sheppard with two assists. Meanwhile, Canadian Olympic gold medalists Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau of the Sharks each scored past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.

There was another Canadian Olympic gold medalist who registered a multi-point game Thursday evening. Martin St. Louis of Laval, Quebec registered two assists as the New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. St. Louis recorded two third period power play assists. The first came on a goal by Brad Richards that put the Rangers up 2-1 and then the second came on a goal by Derek Stepan that put the Rangers up 3-1.

In other news surrounding Canadian Olympic gold medalists in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Matt Duchene did not play Thursday night in Colorado's 5-4 overtime winner against the Minnesota Wild. Duchene, who led Colorado with 47 assists and 70 points, is out indefinitely with a knee injury according to TSN.

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