Corey Crawford will be back in net when the Chicago Blackhawks play the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Friday night, coach Joel Quenneville announced after Thursday's practice.
Crawford was pulled after the first period in Game 1 on Wednesday night after allowing three goals on 12 shots. Scott Darling played the rest of the way, stopping all 42 shots he saw in the Blackhawks' 4-3 double-overtime victory to take a 1-0 series lead.
Crawford was 32-20-5 in 57 games in the regular season and has plenty of playoff experience, while Darling posted a 9-4-0 record in 14 games during his rookie season. Darling is just the second goaltender in NHL history to win his playoff debut while allowing no goals and playing more than 60 minutes, joining Normie Smith of the Detroit Red Wings, who did it in 1936.
Q on starting Corey Crawford: "It’s kind of a no-brainer." #Blackhawks— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 16, 2015
Q on Crawford: "Probably tougher to pull him out last night. He’s our starting goalie, he’s been our strength all year long." #Blackhawks— Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN) April 16, 2015
There's no goaltender controversy here, just incredible depth.