Tuesday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago, watch the Blackhawks take on the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of the 2010 Western Conference finals.
Two of the Hawks' top playoff performers in 2010 would keep it going for Game 3 in San Jose.
Dustin Byfuglien scored in overtime to give Chicago a 3-0 series lead and bring the team incredibly close to the Stanley Cup Final. The Blackhawks hadn't been to the big dance since 1992.
Patrick Sharp stayed hot by scoring a power play goal in the second period.
Another player who regularly checked in during the 2010 postseason, Dave Bolland, scored in the third period.
Bolland's goal came on a breakaway and put Chicago ahead 2-1, but Patrick Marleau tied it up with 4:23 left in regulation to force overtime.
Byfuglien scored his seventh goal of the playoffs 12:24 into overtime for the 3-2 victory.
Antti Niemi had a stellar 44-save game for the Blackhawks, with five stops in overtime. Niemi and Chicago's penalty kill held San Jose to just one goal in six power play attempts, including the Hawks stopping all three in the third period.
Jonathan Toews grabbed two assists in Game 3, giving him a point in 12 straight playoff games and setting a Blackhawks record. Stan Mikita had an 11-game streak in 1962.
The Hawks were set for the Sharks to visit the United Center for Game 4.
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Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and goalie Malcolm Subban participated in a By the Hand Club event for Kids in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side Thursday.
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Per ChicagoBears.com, the event was coordinated by Bears outside linebacker Sam Acho. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and receiver Allen Robinson also took part in the function, along with Cubs players Jason Heyward and Jason Kipnis and the Bulls' Ryan Arcidiacono and Max Strus.
The pro athletes spoke with children and representatives from the By the Hand Club, BUILD and the Westside Health Authority. Chicago police officers also joined to help form "healing circles."
The group then took a bus tour of the neighborhood led by Alderman Emma Mitts and a youth leader from the By the Hand Club. Congressman Danny Davis also spoke to the group.
The By the Hand Club for Kids is an after-school program whose mission is "helping children who live in under-resourced neighborhoods have an abundant life."
BUILD — Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership — an organization focusing on gang intervention, violence prevention and youth development, strives "to engage at-risk youth in schools and on the streets to help them realize their potential and contribute to our communities."
The Westside Health Authority provides services, promotes wellness and development, and encourages and enables growth, engagement and positive change. Its mission is "to use the capacity of local residents to improve the health and well-being of the community."
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