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|Blackhawks on Verge of Cup
|CHICAGO (AP) -- It's been 49 years since the Chicago Blackhawks drank from the Stanley Cup, longer than any of the NHL's "original six" teams. They can order the champagne after taking a three-games-to-two lead over the Philadelphia Flyers in the finals.
Dustin Byfuglien had two goals and two assists as the Hawks downed the Flyers 7-4.
Brent Seabrook and Kris Versteeg each had a goal and an assist while the Blackhawks were scoring three times in a six-minute span of the first period to take a 3-0 lead. Byfuglien set up a pair of first-period tallies before his ninth goal of the playoffs put the Blackhawks ahead 5-2 with 4:15 left in the middle stanza.
Patrick Sharp iced the victory by scoring with under four minutes to play.
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette pulled starting goaltender Michael Leighton in favor of Brian Boucher to start the second period, but Philly never got closer than two goals the rest of the way.
Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen, James van Riemsdyk and Simon Gagne provided the Flyers' goals.
Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane also scored for the Hawks, who can close out the series Wednesday at Philadelphia.
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