3. Scott Darling in Game Four of the First Round
Apr 23, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) makes a save on a shot by Nashville Predators left winger James Neal (18) during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Darling was already a wonderful story. A Lemont native who struggled in the minors and with alcohol got an unlikely shot with the Hawks and he solidified the backup goaltender position.
He got his first taste of playoff hockey in Game One of the first round against the Nashville Predators when he came into the game in relief of Corey Crawford, and put up what Coach Q would call “one of the greatest relief performances you’ll ever see”, when he lead the Hawks(who were down 3-0 at the stat of the 2nd period) to a 4-3 double OT victory, stopping all 42 shots that he faced.
He couldn’t possibly top that, could he?
(arguably)Yes he could!
In Game Four, Darling got the start. He played a total of 100 minutes and 59 seconds in the triple overtime thriller. He stopped 52 of the 54 shots he faced and the Hawks got the victory and put Nashville on the brink of elimination.