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The Chicago Blackhawks will start Scott Darling instead of Corey Crawford for Game 3 against the Nashville Predators.

Many believe that it was a mistake for Joel Quenneville to go with Crawford over Darling in Game 2's 6-2 loss, especially after Darling's perfect relief appearance. Every playoff game probably qualifies for the biggest of the young goalie's career at this point.
Apr 18 - 3:05 PM

Don't be surprised if Antoine Vermette draws back into the Chicago lineup for Game 3 against the Predators Sunday.

He has been a healthy scratch for the first two games of the series but may get a chance to suit up as the Hawks need a spark for Game 3 after falling flat in a 6-2 loss to Nashville Friday night.
Apr 18 - 11:32 AM

Don't be surprised if Scott Darling got the start in goal for the Blackhawks Sunday in Game 3 of the team's best-of-seven series against Nashville.

Corey Crawford has been just awful over four-plus periods allowing nine goals, while Darling was brilliant in relief in Game 1 stopping 42 shots to give the Hawks the comeback win in overtime. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville has not officially made up his mind as to who his starter will be. But he will take an awful lot of heat if he starts Crawford and the Hawks don't win Game 3.
Apr 18 - 11:27 AM

Andrew Shaw had a full night with 12 PIMs and an assist during Chicago's 6-2 loss to Nashville in Game Two of the series on Friday night.

Shaw had the secondary helper on Patrick Sharp's tally late in the first, and was penalized twice. The first was a roughing penalty with a trio of others at the 20:00 mark of the first, and he'd later pick up a 10 minute misconduct with 43 seconds remaining in the game. It was merely the refs trying to keep the game from getting out of hand. Lastly, he also led all skaters with five hits and added a block and a takeaway over 15:13 of work.
Apr 18 - 1:23 AM

Patrick Kane scored his first goal of the playoffs with too many men on ice that was not called. Unfortunately, the Blackhawks would fall to the Predators in Game Two on Friday night, 6-2.

Kane does what Kane does when given the whole offensive zone to work with, shoots and ties the game at two. He also led the team with six shots and two takeaways over 17:06 of ice time. His clavicle seems healed.
Apr 18 - 1:19 AM

Patrick Sharp scored for the second straight game during Friday's Game Two loss to Nashville by the score of 6-2.

Sharp started the play by man-handling a trio of Predators by Pekka Rinne's net, dug out the puck from behind the net and gave a backhand pass to Niklas Hjalmarsson. Sharp then snuck out from behind Rinne's right, the blind side, took the pass, did a 360 and popped the water bottle to tie it at one. It was amazing. Sharp now leads the team with two goals.
Apr 18 - 1:15 AM

Corey Crawford had his second straight horrendous game, allowing six goals on 35 shots. Nashville would go on to take Game Two handily, 6-2 on Friday night.

Crawford has now surrendered nine goals on 47 shots in just four periods of play to open the first round series against Nashville. While it'd be accurate to say that his defense hasn't supported Crawford enough, the buck stops with him. And the Blackhawks are lucky the series is only tied at one.
Apr 18 - 1:08 AM

Andrew Desjardins, Michael Paliotta, and Antti Raanta are each expected to sit out Friday's Game Two against the Nashville Predators.

Coach Quenneville has already noted that there won't be any lineup changes from Game One, which includes benching trade deadline acquisition Antoine Vermette. But should Desjardins find his way into the lineup, he could provide quality tough guy stats even as a spot-start.
Apr 17 - 8:06 PM

Backup goalie Scott Darling will return to the bench for the start of Friday's Game 2.

He was excellent in relief of Corey Crawford to help the Blackhawks win Game 1 in double overtime, but Crawford will get the start on Friday night against Nashville. "Commend him on playing a great game and doing everything he could to get us the win," coach Joel Quenneville said. "It's a great situation knowing that you have a goaltender like that ready to come in and help and play. It says a little bit about both guys, that we have a lot of trust in them ... but Corey is going." Darling stopped 42 shots after he entered the game in the second period and he set a Stanley Cup playoffs record for most time without allowing a goal in a relief appearance, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Apr 17 - 10:39 AM

Antoine Vermette will probably be a healthy scratch again in Game 2 versus Nashville.

Coach Joel Quenneville said it's "not likely, but something we'll look at" when he was asked if there would be changes to the lineup going into Friday's match. He joined David Rundblad, Andrew Desjardins, Kyle Cumiskey, Daniel Carcillo, Michael Paliotta and Antti Raanta as the team scratches.
Apr 17 - 10:33 AM

Chicago's power play got a lift in Game 1 with the return of Patrick Kane to the lineup.

The Blackhawks scored twice on six opportunities against Nashville and Kane had assists on both goals. Chicago had seven goals on 52 chances during Kane's 21-game absence due to a broken clavicle. Coach Joel Quenneville was glad to have him back. "(Kane) saves a lot of those loose puck battles and sustains a lot of presence in the offensive zone," said the Hawks bench boss. "He can open up other areas, too, if they want to keep a closer eye on him."
Apr 17 - 10:30 AM

Corey Crawford will start in Game 2 against Nashville after he was pulled Wednesday night.

He surrendered three goals on 12 shots in the first period and was replaced by Scott Darling at the start of the second. Darling turned aside all 42 shots he faced and Chicago rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win the game in double overtime. However, coach Joel Quenneville will go back to his number one netminder on Friday night.
Apr 16 - 12:55 PM

Marian Hossa contributed two helpers in Chicago's Game 1 double overtime win against Nashville.

He also tied Patrick Sharp for the team lead for six shots. Dating back to the regular season, Hossa hasn't scored in his past seven games, but if he keeps shooting the way he did in Game 1 then that won't last much longer.
Apr 16 - 12:46 PM

Jonathan Toews registered a goal and added two assists in Chicago's 4-3 double overtime win over Nashville to open the playoffs.

He had the game-tying goal after the Blackhawks fell behind 3-0 after the first period. Toews also had an assist on Duncan Keith's game winner and another on a goal by Niklas Hjalmarsson to get Chicago on the board. It was a great start to the postseason for the Hawks' captain.
Apr 16 - 12:39 PM

Patrick Kane recorded a pair of assists in his first game back from a broken clavicle.

He had the primary helper on power-play goals by Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews. His efforts brought Chicago back from a 3-0 deficit to a 4-3 double overtime victory in Game 1 against Nashville. Kane also had four shots and 23:08 of ice time in his first game since Feb. 24.
Apr 16 - 12:30 PM


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