Watch the 2010 Blackhawks take on the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the 2010 Western Conference Final on NBC Sports Chicago at 7 p.m on Thursday.
Spoiler alert! — Do we need those after 10 years? — Up 3-0 in the 2010 Western Conference Final against the Sharks, the Blackhawks had a chance to complete the sweep on home ice at the United Center and reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1992.
The Hawks would score four unanswered goals to do just that.
After trailing 2-0, Brent Seabrook got things going with a goal at 13:15 of the second period.
Dave Bolland tied it 2-2 with his fifth postseason marker at 18:38 of the second. Then, Dustin Byfuglien continued his postseason dominance scoring a power-play goal with seven seconds left on the man advantage off a Patrick Kane pass to give Chicago a 3-2 lead at 14:05 of the third period. It was his third go-ahead-goal of the Western Conference Final.
Kris Versteeg scored an empty-net goal with 42 seconds remaining in regulation for the 4-2 final score and the Blackhawks clinched a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in front of roaring fans at the UC.
Antti Niemi only had to make 16 saves in the contest.
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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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