Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Rookie Scott Darling will start in net for the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal matchup with the Nashville Predators.
Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville noted that the decision for a switch in between the pipes was performance-based after starter Corey Crawford allowed six goals on 35 shots in Game 2 on Friday.
Darling, who relieved Crawford in the series opener, turned aside all 42 shots fired his way in 67:44 for an eventual double-overtime victory. It was the longest relief appearance in a playoff game without allowing a goal in NHL history.
The 26-year-old netminder was 9-4-0 with a .936 save percentage, a 1.94 goals- against average and one shutout over 14 appearances during the regular season.