The Blackhawks were 36.4 seconds away from clinching their first division title since the 1992-93 season Saturday when Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datysuk scored to force overtime against the Nashville Predators.
The Hawks needed the Predators, who eventually won in overtime, to prevail in regulation to clinch their first Central Division title.
The Hawks can win the division crown by earning at least a point Sunday against the Calgary Flames or if the rival Red Wings lose to the Philadelphia Flyers (earlier game).
The Hawks have 103 points to the Red Wings’ 96. They eliminated the Predators (98 points) from Central Division contention with their 2-1 shootout victory over New Jersey Devils on Friday.
The Hawks have five games remaining, the Red Wings four and the Predators two.
The Hawks last won the division in 1992-93 when it was still called the Norris. But after that they tanked in the playoffs getting swept by the St. Louis Blues in the opening round.