Number 1: 2015 Western Conference Final versus the Anaheim Ducks
This series was one of the best back and fourth playoff matchups during the 2015 championship run. After a dominating performance on home ice from the Ducks in game 1, the Hawks needed to tie the series at 1 before heading back to Chicago.
Enter Andrew Shaw in double overtime of game 2. Shaw did a good job using his head (literally and figuratively) and knocked in the puck for what Hawks fans hoped was the game winning goal. Unfortunately, that goal was disallowed because Shaw used a soccer-style header to score the goal, so the teams played on and the game reached triple overtime. Marcus Kruger proved to be the hero for the Hawks, as he sent Blackhawks fans to bed well into the morning in Chicago which tied the series at one game a piece.
The Ducks came back to win game 3 in Chicago to take a 2-1 series lead. A wild game four toyed with the nerves of Blackhawks fans as the game went into overtime. The Ducks were one goal away from taking a pivotal 3-1 series lead, but enter trade deadline acquisition Antoinne Vermette. He tied the series at two before both teams headed out west for game 5.
The Ducks yet again took the series lead as they defeated the Hawks on their home ice 5-4 in overtime. The Blackhawks faced a familiar must win situation in Chicago for game 6. Games 6 and 7 might have been the most fun playoff games to watch as a Blackhawks fan.
The Hawks left absolutely no doubt in both game 6 and 7 as they dominated the Ducks in every facet of the game. They won game 6 by a score of 5-2 and game 7 by a score of 5-3. After lots of nail biting and teeth chattering games for Hawks fans, these games were a nice confidence boost especially knowing the Stanley Cup Final was up next.