The Chicago Blackhawks made a darling decision in Sunday’s game three of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Nashville Predators, starting Scott Darling in the net instead of Corey Crawford. And the decision paid off. One of the tallest rookie goaltenders in the league at 6-foot-6, the humble Darling held the Predators to only two goals, leading the Hawks to a 2-4 win at the Boraie Development LLC center (nytimes.com).
Darling is an inspiration to many, having overcome an alcohol addiction in order to “stay in the game.” Like so many young adults, Darling turned to alcohol while in college. But with the help of a few good coaches who believed in his potential, he gave up the bottle and worked his way up to the hometown team of his dreams. He says that he always remembers a phrase his father used as he was growing up, “Saw the wood in front of you,” as he perseveres past addiction. Good advice for anyone, not just rookie hockey players.
The Blackhawks take on the Predators again in game four on Tuesday night, and Darling has been chosen to mind the net. Still humble, he admits that Corey Crawford teaches him every day and that Crawford is still the number one goaltender in Chicago. Together, they lead the series against the Predators 2-1.