Apr 19, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) reacts after the Hawks win game three of the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Nashville Predators 4-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks have announced today that Scott Darling will start Game four against the Nashville Predators. Darling will make his second consecutive start and is 2-0 in his young playoff career. Darling has allowed two goals in 2hours and 44 minutes of ice time. That is an impressive resume only two games into his young NHL postseason career. If you factor in that everything Darling has gone through to get to this moment, you realize he is not going to let this moment get away.
Things have never been easy for Darling. He has earned every opportunity that he has gotten in his young NHL career. Darling was drafted in sixth round of the 2007 NHL entry draft by the Phoenix Coyotes. He never appeared in a game for Phoenix. Darling has played for fourteen teams in nine different leagues. He played in the NAHL, EJHL, USHL, H-EAST, PSHL, ECHL, CHL, AHL, and the NHL. The road to the NHL has not been easy for Darling, he literally had to fight for his hockey life on numerous occasions. That might be the reason why Darling is so poised during games. He has no fear, he has faced the fear of not being hockey anymore and he has won.
In his first season in the NHL, he went 9-4 with .936 save percentage and 1.94 goals against average. Darling proved it during the regular season and now he is proving himself during the playoffs.
Despite the rampant rumors of a goalie controversy, the Blackhawks goalie remain supportive of each other. Corey Crawford to his credit has been very supportive of Darling. Crawford said “how can you feel good for him?”Crawford is being a good teammate with that statement and is supporting a fellow goalie.
Some in the media believe that Crawford will get another chance at the Blackhawks net these playoffs. CSN analyst Jamal Mayers went as far to say that the Blackhawks will not win the Stanley Cup without Crawford. Others believe that Crawford will be a salary cap causality in the off-season. That the Blackhawks will have to move on from Crawford. My logic is how can they return to a guy after he lost the team’s confidence?
It’s official, Darling will get another shot in net. Coach Quenneville is showing that he can at least adapt on the goalie side of things. Now if he can only switch up the defense.