Canadian Olympic gold medalist Shea Weber of Sicamous, British Columbia is known for his defensive presence. On Wednesday, he had a remarkable game offensively.
Weber had one goal and two assists for three points as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 from Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario. He was one of three Canadians on the Canadiens to have a multi-point game. The others were Paul Byron of Ottawa, Ontario, and Ben Chiarot of Hamilton, Ontario. Byron had one goal and one assist for two points, while Chiarot had two assists. Weber, who is the Canadiens captain, won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
The Canadiens now lead the Penguins two games to one in the best of five series. It is one of eight Stanley Cup Playoff qualifiers currently taking place in Canada.
In other action, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jonathan Toews of Winnipeg, Manitoba scored two goals as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in game three of their series. Toews’ second goal was the game-winning goal with 1:16 left in the third period to break a 3-3 tie. Like Weber, Toews won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Meanwhile, Matthew Highmore of Halifax, Nova Scotia registered his first two career playoff points as he had one goal and one assist for Chicago. The Blackhawks lead the Oilers two games to one.
Two other Canadians also had a multi-point game on Wednesday. Taylor Hall of Calgary, Alberta and Mike Hoffman of Kitchener, Ontario each had one goal and one assist for two points. Hall had his multi-point game for the Arizona Coyotes in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators. With the win, Arizona leads the series two games to one. Hoffman had his multi-point game for the Florida Panthers in a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. With the win there, the Panthers prevented elimination, but still trail two games to one to New York.