Moment 9: Dustin Byfuglien scores the Game 3 OT winner in the 2009-10 Western Conference finals
After dispatching the Predators and then the Vancouver Canucks, the Blackhawks had won the first two games on the road in the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks.
This was four postseason wins in a row for the ’Hawks and they were looking for five in a row. The Sharks had narrowly lost both Games 1 (2-1) and 2 (4-2). This game was heading to overtime after Patrick Marleau scored his second goal of the game in the third period.
Byfuglien would capitalize on a great shift by the Blackhawks putting the game winner past Evgeni Nabokov.
These playoffs were Byfuglien’s coming out party with the Blackhawks. He had scored in the first two games of the Sharks series. It was his fourth goal in four games. The Blackhawks would finish off the Sharks in four games, propelling them to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1992.
Byfuglien would finish the playoffs with 11 goals and 5 assists. This was the second Western Conference finals appearance in a row for the Blackhawks. Byfuglien would be traded in the offseason as part of the salary cap purge.