The Blackhawks are one win away from advancing following a come-from-behind win over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night, 4-3.
Chicago led at the first intermission, but trailed at the second and saw goals from Matthew Highmore and Jonathan Toews in the final five minutes of regulation to steal the win in Edmonton and take a 2-1 series lead. They'll have the chance to close out the best-of-five series on Friday night in Game 4.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jonathan Toews took first-star honors with the game's first goal and the game-winner goal with 76 seconds to play in regulation.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: With the win, Corey Crawford became the 20th goalie in NHL history to reach 50 career playoff wins
UP NEXT: Chicago and Edmonton meet in the first elimination game of the series as Game 4 gets underway on Friday at 5:45 p.m. CT
For the first time in the series, the opening five minutes elapsed without a goal and the Blackhawks found twine first.
Patrick Kane sent a cross-zone diagonal feed to the point for Olli Maatta, who scored his second in as many games with a slap shot that eluded Mikko Koskinen in goal with the help of a Kirby Dach screen out from at 9:06 of the first period.
Edmonton answered less than 40 seconds, capitalizing on a Blackhawks turnover behind their own net. Tyler Ennis scooped up the loose puck and quickly put it out front for a Leon Draisaitl finish at 9:42 of the opening frame, tying the game 1-1.
The special teams on either side took over for much of the remaining period, the Blackhawks earning a brief 5-on-4 power play, killing off a minor and then finishing up the opening frame with a 5-on-3 advantage. It was there that Jonathan Toews found the goal, seeing a Dach centering feed deflect off his skate and past Koskinen with just under five seconds left in the period for a 2-1 lead heading into the locker room.
Draisaitl scored his second of the night off another Blackhawks miscue in their own end as Matthew Highmore fanned on a pass in transition early in the middle frame. The league's leading scorer picked up the loose puck and a few seconds later popped home the rebound on a Matt Benning shot from the point at 4:07 of the second period.
Connor McDavid scored on a rebound of his own in the dying seconds of the second period on the power play, putting a backhander over a sprawling Corey Crawford at 19:52 of the fram for a 3-2 Oilers lead.
Late in the third with the Blackhawks trailing, Highmore made good for his earlier mishap notching his first career playoff goal to equalize at 14:12 of the third. On a quick-moving feed from Maatta, Slater Koekkoek ripped a one-timer that Highmore tipped past Koskinen to tie the game, 3-3.
More traffic in front and a shot from the point put Chicago ahead for good as Connor Murphy fired a one-timer towards a Jonathan Toews screen that deflected off the captain and past Koskinen for the game-winning goal at 18:44.