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The Blackhawks would've been happy with one win in San Jose, but they got two going back to Chicago and built on that momentum by knocking off the Sharks 3-2 in overtime to go up 3-0 in the Western Conference Final. Here are three things we noticed in the win:
1. Dustin Byfuglien's heroics
As tight as the first two games were, the Blackhawks faced their first real adversity of the series in Game 3 when they went up 2-1 late in the third period and gave up the tying goal 2:32 later as the Sharks forced overtime.
But then Big Buff did what he did best.
With 7:36 remaining in overtime, Byfuglien buried a pass in the slot, going top shelf before Evgeni Nabokov even realized where the puck was. And then Byfuglien celebrated the only way he knows how.
2. Dave Bolland was a force
Speaking of the game-winning overtime goal, what an incredible pass by Bolland to set that up. The Rat had an incredible third period and overtime, scoring the go-ahead goal with 6:55 left in regulation by getting past a couple of Sharks defenders and juking Nabokov.
3. A negated early goal
The Sharks were in a virtual must-win situation going into Game 3 after dropping their first two contests at home, and they thought they struck first in the opening 1:51 with a power-play goal. But after further review, the officials ruled that Joe Pavelski kicked the puck into the net and the call was overturned.
The Sharks scored the game's first goal anyways, but it didn't come until the 3:58 mark of the second period. You wonder how much life the negated goal would've given them and how it would've changed the complexion of the game had it counted.
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