Ending Corey Crawford’s 58 game-starting streak in playoffs since 2011, goal-tender Scott Darling has earned a call from Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville for game 4 by virtue of his decent outing in the 4-2 win against the Nashville Predators in game 3 last Sunday. Game 4 is scheduled on Tuesday.
Earlier, Crawford struggled in the first two games for the best of seven series and let in six goals in game 2.
Crawford took part in an optional skate on Monday in an attempt to improve his game, projected positive vibes in his comments and cited how the situation was tough for him, though he is happy about Darling’s success.
“Not going to lie, it was pretty frustrating at first,” Crawford said. “I want to be in the net and I want to play … but that’s not my job right now. Right now my job is to battle hard in practice, be positive in the room and encourage the guys.”
Darling executed 35 saves against the predators that convinced the coach to stick to him for game 4.
“It’s tough to make a change when you like everything about the game, and he’s played so well and very deserving,” Quenneville told reporters Monday. “I think it was an easy choice.”