Sun May 23 08:00pm EDT
Prior to his hat trick in Game 3 against the Vancouver Canucks, Byfuglien had scored once in his previous 27 games. He now has five goals in his last five games with three of them of the game-winning variety. Byfuglien's power-play tally with 5:55 remaining in the third period capped a Blackhawks comeback and sealed the Western Conference finals with a 4-2 win and a sweep of the San Jose Sharks.
Down 2-0 midway through the second period, Seabrook started the Chicago rally scoring his third goal of the playoffs after a lengthy review. He also finished a plus-two and logged a second-best 25:34 of ice time.
If this was Marleau's last game in a Sharks jersey, he went out with a bang. San Jose scored seven goals in its series with Chicago, five of them coming from Marleau's stick. His eighth goal of the playoffs came shorthanded and put the Sharks up 2-0, a lead that would fall before the second period ended.
Honorable Mention: Duncan Keith(notes) took a puck to the mouth and lost seven teeth. That didn't keep him off the ice long as he led all players in ice time with 29:02 ... Niemi made 16 saves for his league-leading 12th win of the playoffs ... Kris Versteeg(notes) finished plus-three and his empty-net goal started the party at United Center ... Dave Bolland(notes) annoyed Joe Thornton(notes) all series long and his work behind the San Joe net led to his tying goal in the second period ... Jonathan Toews(notes) assisted on Byfuglien's winner to extend his playoff points streak to 13 games. He has points in all but two Blackhawks games this postseason.
Dishonorable Mention: The questionable slashing call on Dany Heatley(notes) was the power play that allowed Byfuglien's game-winning goal ... Joe Pavelski(notes) went 3-for-12 in faceoffs with none coming in the offensive or defensive zones ... The Sharks managed just three shots on Niemi in the final period.
Conn Smythe Watch: 1. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks; 2. Dustin Byfuglien, Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Danny Briere(notes), Philadelphia Flyers; 4. Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens; 5. Antti Niemi(notes), Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Patrick Kane(notes), Chicago Blackhawks; 7. Simon Gagne(notes), Philadelphia Flyers; 8. Michael Leighton(notes), Philadelphia Flyers; 9. Mike Richards(notes), Philadelphia Flyers; 10. Claude Giroux(notes), Philadelphia Flyers