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2010 Hawks Rewind: 3 things we noticed in Blackhawks' Game 3 win over Sharks

2010 Hawks Rewind: 3 things we noticed in Blackhawks' Game 3 win over Sharks

In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the 2010 Stanley Cup team, NBC Sports Chicago is re-airing each of the Blackhawks' 16 postseason wins from the run that ended a 49-year championship drought. You can join the conversation using #HawksRewind on social media.

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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Blackhawks' Alex Nylander and brother William providing meals for essential workers

Blackhawks' Alex Nylander and brother William providing meals for essential workers

During this time of a global pandemic where healthcare workers risk their well-being to keep us safe, and essential works do the same to keep business operating, many teams and athletes have stepped up to do their part and assist their local heroes. Count the Nylander brothers, Alex of the Blackhawks and William of the Maple Leafs, as the latest to chip in for the cause.

Alex and William have partnered up with local restaurants of Stockholm and Toronto to help feed frontline workers and those in need.



“We have partnered with some of our favorite restaurants so that healthy meals can be prepared and delivered to frontline heroes and others in need,” said William. “In Chicago, we are supporting local food banks," added Alex.

As Alex and William both prepare for the NHL’s postseason, the brothers hope to continue to provide and deliver meals to frontline workers and those in need while bringing awareness to COVID-19 in the process.

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Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan skating in Ottawa a positive sign for Hawks

Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan skating in Ottawa a positive sign for Hawks

The NHL has yet to formally enter Phase 2 of their Return To Play protocol, where players can take part in voluntary practices and workouts in small groups at team facilities, but with gradual reopenings across North America, players are slowly ramping up on-ice activities if rinks are allowing them to. 

One of the players that could give the Blackhawks a boost in the 24-team format is Calvin de Haan, who has returned to on-ice activity in Ottawa.

 

de Haan is a native of Carp, Ontario, just outside of Ottawa, and took to the ice just a couple days after the NHL announced its Return To Play plan officially. The 29-year old defenseman was placed on long-term injured reserve after sustaining another shoulder injury in December, forcing him to miss the remainder of the regular season. 



de Haan skated along with Islanders forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Ceci and Riley Brace, who plays professionally in Switzerland. Earlier in the day, Flyers star Claude Giroux also took the ice at the Minto Skating Centre in Ottawa. 

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The NHL hopes to officially enter Phase 2 in early June while reports say the NHL will not begin Phase 3 of the Return To Play plan until at least July 10.

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