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Hawks Rewind: 2010 Blackhawks close in on Stanley Cup Final

Hawks Rewind: 2010 Blackhawks close in on Stanley Cup Final

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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Hawks Rewind: Game 4 of 2010 Western Conference Semifinals

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Hawks Rewind: Game 4 of 2010 Western Conference Semifinals

Sunday night at 7 p.m. during another "Hawks Rewind," Blackhawks fans will be privy to another must re-watch.

Sunday's Hawks classic is 2010's Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Hawks took a 2-1 series lead after Dustin Byfuglien exploded on goalie Roberto Luongo and Vancouver with a hat trick and debilitating physicality in Game 3.

Game 4 of the series can be looked back at as the height of the Blackhawks-Canucks rivalry. 

Vancouver was looking to even the series in not just wins, but in physical play and scoring on home ice. Unfortunately for them, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and his team would find another gear.

Toews finished Game 4 with three power-play goals for the hat trick plus two assists to help the Hawks to a 7-4 victory and 3-1 series lead.

Chicago kept up the rough stuff, too. Byfuglien went hard to the net again and remained in Luongo's kitchen for long stretches, creating an effective screen to help the Hawks go 4-for-8 on the power play. He also drew consecutive cross-checking penalties from defenseman Shane O'Brien.

Patrick Sharp scored a power-play goal in the second period, and Thomas Kopecky and Dave Bolland added goals in the third. 

Antti Niemi made 26 saves, while Luongo stopped 27.

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Marian Hossa remembers special 2010 playoff game, which re-airs tonight at 7

Marian Hossa remembers special 2010 playoff game, which re-airs tonight at 7

Blackhawks fans got a pleasant surprise on Saturday afternoon when legendary three-time Stanley Cup champion Marian Hossa had a special message about a certain 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff game.

The video was posted on the organization's Twitter and other social media accounts.

"Hi Blackhawks fans, Big Hoss here. I miss you guys," Hossa said. "I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and taking care of each other in these difficult times.

"Do you guys remember this game?"

Hossa turned to show a computer screen with Game 5 of the 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Nashville Predators (which will re-air on NBC Sports Chicago Saturday night at 7 p.m. ) on pause.

"Well, I definitely do remember. I remember a few things I want to share with you,” Hossa said. "First, at the end of the game, one of the greatest games, up and down games, I got a five-minute penalty, and I go to the penalty box. I feel shame. I’m sweating bullets for five minutes. 

“But good things happened. Patrick Kane scoring [with] 13 seconds left in the game. We pulled the goalie and he tied the game up. It's 4-4. We go to the dressing room, and I'm sitting quiet in the corner of the dressing room, and I'm hoping we can kill another four minutes of my penalty. [Penalty kill] did an excellent job, and I'm jumping. 

"We kill the penalty. I’m jumping on the ice. We can watch it together. Here's Bolland in the corner, and Dave Bolland did an excellent job passing to Brent Sopel, and you can see me coming in the corner from the penalty box in front of the net."

Hossa plays the sequence on the monitor and pauses it right before his goal.

"Puck is coming to me and what'll I have to do? Just put it in the net,” he said.

He lets the play resume to show his goal and iconic celebration down on both knees, pumping his arms.

"One of the most amazing feelings in my career, still get the chills, and we win the game,” Hossa said. "We go to Nashville (Game 6). We win the game there. We go to round two, round three, Stanley Cup Finals. We win the Stanley Cup for the Chicago Blackhawks. Being in the Stanley Cup Finals three times in a row, finally winning my first one, it was the best feeling as a hockey player. 

"So I want to share with you this moment, and when I remember these feelings, those memories, it's just amazing. And where were you when I scored the overtime winner? Well, I hope to see you guys soon. It was a pleasure. Ciao, ciao."

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