The Chicago Blackhawks currently have a 3-2 series lead over the Nashville Predators, and they have discovered a gem in goaltender Scott Darling.
He has stepped up for them after their previous starter, Corey Crawford, struggled by allowing nine goals in the Blackhawks’ first two games.
Darling’s status as the Blackhawks’ starter came into question after he struggled in a Game 5 loss, as he allowed four goals on 28 shots.
The Blackhawks lost the game, 5-2, but head coach Joel Quenneville said that Darling will remain the starter as he has performed well prior to Game 5.
Darling only allowed four goals on 131 shots prior to Game 5, and the Blackhawks seem to desire continuing to ride the hot hand as they look to eliminate the Predators.
The Blackhawks will face the Predators in Game 6 on Saturday as they hope to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.
Their next opponent will be the winner of the St. Louis Blues-Minnesota Wild series, which is currently tied at 2-2.