Big forward Dustin Byfuglien usually gives the Vancouver Canucks headaches.

He broke Vancouver’s back last night, scoring three goals, two on the power play, as the Chicago Blackhawks rolled to a convincing 5-2 victory over the Canucks to take a 2-1 lead in their NHL Western Conference semifinal.

“Sometimes it happens to a guy,” a grinning Byfuglien said after the game. “I have been trying to work hard and it finally paid off.”

Big and strong, Byfuglien parks himself in front of the net like a battleship. It would take a tugboat to move him.

“That’s my job to get position and make them work around me,” said Byfuglien, who had not scored a point in his eight previous playoff games this season.

“They have to worry about me going in and worry about getting hit. It’s part of the game.”

None of Byfuglien’s goals were pretty. His power-play goals came off rebounds during scrambles in front of Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo. He completed his hat trick on a play where he drove Luongo into his own net.

The Canucks argued for goaltender interference, but the goal stood.

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