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|Blackhaws Beat Sharks in Opening Game of West Finals
|SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Dustin Byfuglien scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:45 remaining in regulation, Antti Niemi made 44 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks extended their road dominance in the playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in the opener of the Western Conference final on Sunday.
Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks, who improved to 6-1 on the road this postseason and snapped a streak of four straight losses in series openers.
The last two of those came at home in the first two rounds, but the Blackhawks opened this series where they feel most comfortable _ on the road.
Rookie Jason Demers scored the lone goal for San Jose, which fell to 0-4 at home all-time in two trips to the conference final.
Game 2 will be played Tuesday night in San Jose.
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