Blackhawks honor gold medalists Kendall Coyne and Alex Rigsby at the United Center

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CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 11: Olympic gold medalists Kendall Coyne #26 and Alex Rigsby #33 of the US women's national hockey team skate on the ice to participate in the ceremonial puck drop prior to the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins at the United Center on March 11, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)

CHICAGO – It was a great day in a number of ways Sunday at the United Center.

After all, the Blackhawks scored one of the bigger wins of a sub-par season when they scored two goals in the final four minutes to knock off the Bruins 3-1.

For some, however, the best moment of the night came before the teams ever dropped the puck.

Team USA gold medalists Kendall Coyne and Alex Rigsby were honored before the game for their triumph during the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. It was the first gold medal for the United States Women’s Hockey team since 1998.

Coyne is an Oak Lawn native while Rigsby hails from Downers Grove, and each got a hero’s welcome from the crowd as they skated on the ice with uniforms, pads, and their gold medals around their neck. Both then participated in a ceremonial puck drop with the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and the Bruins’ Brian Gionta.

Both Coyne and Rigsby were appreciative of the opportunity by the Blackhawks on a once-in-a-lifetime morning at the United Center.