The Chicago Blackhawks received yet another fantastic performance from goaltender Scott Darling in Game 3 as they took a 2-1 series lead over the Nashville Predators with a 4-2 victory.
The Blackhawks have announced that they will ride the hot hand and give Darling another start in the net.
The Blackhawks have had somewhat of a goalie controversy since the usually reliable Corey Crawford has struggled immensely in this year’s playoffs.
He allowed three goals in Game 1 before being benched, and Darling shut the Predators down after entering the game while the Blackhawks roared back from a 3-0 deficit to win in double overtime.
Crawford broke the camel’s back in Game 2 though when he allowed six goals in a loss, and Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville decided to roll with Darling in the next game.
Darling validated Quenneville’s vote of confidence by holding the Predators to two goals and making 35 saves.
The Blackhawks will host the Predators in their next game as they look to put the Predators on the brink of elimination.