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Darling to start in goal in Game 3

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks

Goalie Scott Darling will start for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Nashville Predators on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, TVA Sports, SN).

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said the decision was performance-based. Darling relieved starter Corey Crawford in Game 1 after Crawford allowed three goals on 12 shots, and Darling stopped 42 shots in the Blackhawks' 4-3 double-overtime victory.

Darling played 67:44 in Game 1, the longest relief appearance in a Stanley Cup Playoff game without allowing a goal, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Crawford started Game 2 on Friday and allowed six goals on 35 shots. The Blackhawks lost 6-2 and the Predators evened the best-of-7 series 1-1.

Blackhawks goaltending coach Jimmy Waite informed Crawford he will not start; Quenneville said he will speak to Crawford on Sunday morning.

Darling backed up Crawford during the regular season, starting 13 games with a 9-4-0 record, a .936 save percentage and a 1.94 goals-against average.

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