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'Hawks to the Cup!



    'Hawks to the Cup!
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    SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 16: Chicago Blackhawks fans react after Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Chicago Blackhawks scores the game-winning goal against the San Jose Sharks in Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 16, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    Boom goes the Stanley Cup-o-mite!

    The Blackhawks swept the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final Sunday in Chicago, winning 4-2.

    The 'Hawks now go on to compete for the Stanley Cup, while the Sharks take a long plane ride home to the South Bay.

    The Blackhawks can thank a big goal by Big Buff for their big win.

    Dustin Byfuglien scored his third go-ahead goal, converting on a third-period power play.  The 257-pound Byfuglien was parked in front of the net with 7 seconds left on the power play. He took a nice pass from Patrick Kane and knocked the puck past Evgeni Nabokov to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead at 14:05 of the final period.

    Kris Versteeg added an empty-net goal with 42 seconds left, and the fans at the United Center erupted, littering the ice with souvenir towels.