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Behind Enemy Lines: Central Division Olympic Results

By JoHannah Lowder

The NHL Central Division players left the 2014 Olympics with quite a haul, raking in 24 goals, 37 assists, 9 gold medals, 6 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals. If the 7 teams were ranked according to points and medals won in Sochi, here’s what it would look like.

1. Chicago Blackhawks, 4 goals, 11 assists, 3 gold medals, 3 silver medals

The Blackhawks have 4 goals and 11 assists, thanks to Patrick Kane (4A), Jonathan Toews (1G, 2A), Duncan Keith (1A), Patrick Sharp (1G), Johnny Oduya (1A), Marian Hossa (2G, 1A), and Michal Handzus (2A). They also have 3 gold medals and 3 silver medals from the Canadians and Swedes.

2. St. Louis Blues, 6 goals, 13 assists, 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals

The Blues scored the most points with 15 from 8 players from 4 different countries. David Backes had 3 goals and 1 assist, Kevin Shattenkirk had 3 assists, and T.J. Oshie was credited with 1 goal after scoring 4 times in a shootout against Russia. Oshie also had 3 assists. Jay Bouwmeester, Alex Pietrangelo, and Vladimir Tarasenko all scored 1 assist each. Patrik Berglund scored 1 goal and 1 assist while Alex Steen scored 1 goal and 2 assists. Bouwmeester and Pietrangelo won gold medals for the Blues, and Berglund and Steen brought home a couple of gold medals.

3. Colorado Avalanche, 2 goals, 0 assists, 1 gold medal, 1 silver medal

The Avalanche take third place because of their gold medal courtesy of Matt Duchene and silver medal courtesy of Gabriel Landeskog. Neither of those players scored any points for their respective countries, but Paul Stastny put up 2 goals for the United States.

4. Dallas Stars, 3 goals, 1 gold medal, 1 bronze medal

The captain Jamie Benn scored 2 goals and won a gold medal for the Stars while goaltender Kari Lehtonen played twice and earned a bronze medal. Valeri Nichushkin also scored a goal to give the Stars 3 goals in the Olympics.

5. Nashville Predators, 3 goals, 3 assists, 1 gold medal

The Predators have their captain to thank for everything that they accomplished in Sochi. Shea Weber scored 3 goals and 3 assists and earned a gold medal for team Canada.

6. Minnesota Wild, 4 goals, 7 assists, 1 bronze medal

The Wild saw a goal from Zach Parise and 3 assists from Ryan Suter, but most of their haul came from Mikael Granlund who scored 3 goals and 4 assists and won the bronze medal for his team.

7. Winnipeg Jets, 2 goals, 3 assists, 1 bronze medal

The Jets round out the Central Division with Blake Wheeler scoring an assist and Ollie Jokinen scoring 2 goals and 2 assists and a bronze medal.

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