Chicago Blackhawks players salute their fans after their 4-2 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference finals Sunday, May 23, 2010 in Chicago. The Blackhawks swept the series 4-0. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh
San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov can't save a shot by Chicago Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook during second period hockey action in Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference finals, Sunday, May 23, 2010, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Blackhawks are in the Stanley Cup finals, thanks to another big goal by Big Buff.
Dustin Byfuglien scored his third go-ahead goal of the Western Conference finals, converting on a third-period power play Sunday as Chicago rallied to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2, completing a four-game sweep that sends the Blackhawks to the finals for the first time since 1992.
The 257-pound Byfuglien was parked in front of the net with 7 seconds left on the power play. He took a nice pass from Patrick Kane and knocked the puck past Evgeni Nabokov to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead at 14:05 of the final period.
Kris Versteeg added an empty-net goal with 42 seconds left, and the red-clad fans at the United Center erupted, littering the ice with souvenir towels.
Logan Couture scored in the first period for the regular-season Western Conference champion Sharks and Patrick Marleau had a short-handed goal in the second as San Jose built 2-0 lead.
But Brent Seabrook scored after a video replay reversed an initial on-ice ruling of no goal. Dave Bolland then tied the game at 2-2 with a goal at 18:38 of the second.
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