The Chicago Blackhawks found an insanely unique way to make a 3-1 deficit disappear.

It seemed as if the Hawks were left for dead and headed for a disappointing loss to the abysmal Colorado Avalanche. Then, essentially the blink of an eye or a trip to the bathroom, the game was turned on its head. And it all started with a gift from the referees.

Duncan Keith sent a knuckle puck from the left point that re-directed off of Jonathan Toews’ stick and snuck past Avalanche goalie Jeremy Smith. It appeared to be a 3-2 game.

However, it appeared as if Toews was offside before Richard Panik entered the puck into the zone. Colorado challenged it, but the call was (inexplicably) upheld.

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You tell me if this is offsides or not:

The call was upheld, the Blackhawks probably thanked the hockey gods and the score was 3-2.

That’s when the nuttiness at the United Center began.

Seventeen seconds later (cough cough, 2013 Stanley Cup Final Game 6) Panik roofed a rebound from the royal road to tie the game at three.

Seventeen seconds later (no this isn’t a typo), Artemi Panarin took the lead with a turnaround wrister that Smith got a piece of, but not enough to prevent it from skipping across the goal line.

Jonathan Toews put the cherry on top of a whimsical third period with his second goal of the game and 20th goal of the season to put the Hawks up 5-3.

Chicago went from down 3-1 nearly halfway through the third period to a last-place team to up comfortably by two goals in a matter of 3:02. They scored three goals in 34 seconds and won the game 6-3.

Word to the rest of the NHL: Don’t sleep on this Hawks team.