Hawks Take 3-0 Lead on Sharks

Big Buff scores the game winner in OT

Saturday, May 22, 2010  |  Updated 8:45 AM CDT
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Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Chicago Blackhawks greets the fans after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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The Chicago Blackhawks are one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1992, after a 3-2 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks on Friday gave them a 3-0 lead in the NHL Western Conference finals.

Dustin Byfuglien scored his seventh goal of this postseason 12:24 into overtime Friday, meaning the Blackhawks can finish the sweep and make the finals with a victory Sunday.

Byfuglien went straight down the middle and took a nice pass from Dave Bolland, who was behind the net, to beat Evgeni Nabokov and set off a deafening roar from the crowd of 22,311.

Bolland scored on a breakaway to put Chicago ahead 2-1 in the third period, but San Jose's Patrick Marleau answered with a rebound goal with 4:23 left in regulation to tie it and force overtime.

Marleau also scored in the second period on a power play, giving him four goals in two games. Patrick Sharp had a man-advantage goal for Chicago.

Antti Niemi had 44 saves for the Blackhawks, stopping five shots in overtime, including one on Devin Setoguchi from the right circle. Nabokov finished with 35 saves and had blocked Patrick Kane earlier in overtime.

San Jose coach Todd McLellan shifted his lines to try to shake up the Sharks' offense that managed just three goals in the first two games at home. Setoguchi and Logan Couture were paired with star Joe Thornton to start the game, replacing Dany Heatley and Marleau.

Toews' two assists gave him a point in 12 straight playoff games, setting a club record he had shared with Hall of Famer Stan Mikita, who had an 11-game streak in 1962. Toews has 25 points in this year's playoffs.

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