Riding on the wings of a career-best performance by Dustin Byfuglien, the Blackhawks battled their way to a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference Semifinal with the Vancouver Canucks last night.
Byfuglien scored a hat trick for the Hawks, while providing a physical edge for his team against the rival Canucks.
Blackhawks' goalie Antti Niemi was superb, fending off numerous Vancouver scoring opportunities throughout the game. More importantly, Niemi gave the Canucks very few rebound opportunities; a welcome change from Niemi's rebound-prone performance this post-season.
With their 2-1 series lead, the Blackhawks will face the Canucks in Game 4, Friday night in Vancouver.
The "all or nothing" offense of the Chicago Cubs was in "nothing mode" once again Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, where the Cubs managed to score just two runs against the Pirates in a 4-2 loss.
Cubs' starter Ted Lilly gave up four earned runs in six innings, while surrendering nine hits and no walks. The Cubs' loss drops Lilly's record in 2010 to 1-2.
Aramis Ramirez was dropped to the sixth hole in the batting order for Wednesday's game. Ramirez drove in one run via sacrifice fly, but struck out representing the tying run in the ninth inning.
The Cubs have dropped the first two games of this three game series to the lowly Pirates, and look to rebound tonight as Randy Wells takes the hill against the Pirates' Brian Burres.
Game time is 6:06PM CT.
The White Sox managed to find some offense against the Royals Wednesday night, pounding out nine hits en route to a 9-2 win.
Sox starter Freddy Garcia battled for most of the game, surrendering ten hits, but limiting the Royals to just two runs. Much of Garcia's success stemmed from not allowing a single walk to Royals' hitters.
Andruw Jones and Alex Rios each homered for the Sox, and had three RBI respectively.
The Sox open a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at U.S. Cellular Field, where John Danks looks to improve upon his 3-0 record. Toronto sends the 2-1 Dana Eveland to the hill.
Game time is 7:10PM CT.
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