For the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 2015, the Blackhawks have won a playoff series.
The 12th-seeded Hawks beat the fifth-seeded Oilers 3-2 on Friday to win their best series of five qualifying rounds, three games to one.
Jonathan Toews stole the puck from Ethan Bear and gave Dominik Kubalik 11:30 to play to give the Hawks a head start.
Corey Crawford easily put on his best performance since coming back from COVID-19, making a number of fantastic saves to ward off the Oilers’ desperate pushes in the second and third periods. He finished with 43 saves.
This is the first Hawks Series victory since defeating the Lightning in the championship round in 2015. They lost in the first round to the Blues in 2016 and the Predators in 2017, and had not qualified since. .
The Hawks will now advance to the official first round of the 2020 NHL playoffs and face the No.1 seed – to be determined by the winner of Saturday’s Avalanche-Golden Knights – in a classic best-of-seven series.
This story will be updated.