The Chicago Blackhawks were fortunate to be included in the NHL’s 24-team restart as a 12-seed, and they’re making the most of the opportunity so far.

The Blackhawks and the fifth-seeded Edmonton Oilers entered Game 3 of the Qualifying Round with the series tied 1-1. Edmonton had a 3-2 lead with under six minutes remaining, when a Matthew Highmore deflection found the net to tie the game.

And with just over a minute to go, Jonathan Toews was credited with the go-ahead goal on a deflection.


The Blackhawks were able to hold off the Oilers in the final minute and hang on for a 4-3 victory to take a 2-1 series lead.

Toews — Chicago’s longtime captain and a three-time Stanley Cup champion — has scored two goals in each Blackhawks victory in the series (Chicago had a 6-4 win in Game 1). The game-winner is his 11th playoff game-winning goal, tying him with Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull, and teammate Patrick Kane for the most playoff  playoff game-winning goals in Blackhawks history.

So, the Blackhawks now get two chances — if Game 5 is necessary — to pull off the upset in the best-of-five-series. Game 4 will be Friday night at 6:45 p.m. ET.

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