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Blackhawks a Win Away from Return to Stanley Cup Finals
CHICAGO (AP) -- Dustin Byfuglien scored 12:24 into overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 Friday night to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

The Blackhawks can earn their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals since 1992 with a victory Sunday at the United Center.

Byfuglien went straight down the middle and took a nice pass from Dave Bolland, who was behind the net, to beat Evgeni Nabokov and set off a deafening roar.

Bolland scored on a breakaway to put Chicago ahead 2-1 in the third period, but Patrick Marleau answered with a rebound goal with 4:23 left in regulation to tie it and force overtime.

Marleau also scored in the second period on a power play, giving him four goals in two games. Patrick Sharp had a man-advantage goal for the Blackhawks.

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