The Blackhawks will have to wait until Sunday to find out their opponent in the second round.
With host Detroit getting a goal early overtime from Henrik Zetterberg on Friday to beat the Ducks 4-3 in Game 6 of that series, it sets up a seventh and deciding game Sunday night in Anaheim.
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If Detroit wins, the top-seeded Hawks get the seventh-seeded Red Wings in the second round. If Anaheim wins, it would set up a second-round meeting between the Hawks and No. 6 seed San Jose.
"It doesn't matter who it's going to be, it's going to be a tough opponent, we can expect that much," Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "We'll just prepare ourselves as best we can for the second round."
Patrick Sharp echoed what Toews said.
"Whoever we face it's going to be a tough matchup," Sharp said. "It's going to be a tough second round. Hopefully we can raise our level."
Toews thinks the Hawks need to jump on whomever they play and take advantage of having home ice.
"We need to know going into the next series we can't wait," Toews said. "We need to jump all over them and use home ice to our advantage right off the bat and not wait one minute to maybe have another team surprise us.
"We have to be the ones that go out there and dictate the energy and momentum of the series right off the hop. We put ourselves in a good position. We've got to use this rest and this time to our advantage here."
Apparently Jonathan Toews' monster season wasn't good enough for some media voters.
Toews was not among the three finalists announced Friday for the Hart Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's most valuable player.
Instead, Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby, Washington right wing Alex Ovechkin and Islanders center John Tavares got the majority of votes from members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
Although he missed the final 12 games of the regular season because of a broken jaw, Crosby still finished fourth in scoring with 56 points. He was plus-26.
Ovechkin scored 32 goals in 48 games, including 23 in his final 23 contests, to become the first three-time winner of the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's goal-scoring leader. He also finished third in the league in points with 56, first in power-play goals with 16 and first in power-play points with 27.
Tavares ranked third in the NHL with 28 goals.
Toews finished with 23 goals, 48 points and was plus-28 and was thought to be a lock for the final three for the Hart.
"I'm honored that you guys would even say that," Toews told reporters after Thursday's 5-1 win over Minnesota that eliminated the Wild. "I think there's another guy across the room there (Patrick Kane) that deserves it just as much, probably more.
"To have two guys in the talks like that it always shows you have a great supporting cast. It's an honor, but you don't get to that point unless your team has success like we did this year."
Kane led the Hawks in scoring with 55 points.
The real story:
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom suffered a sports hernia in the warm-up prior to Game 1, forcing him to miss the entire series.