Coach Joel Quenneville announced on Thursday afternoon that he is going back to his starting goalie for Game 2 of their Western Conference playoff series against the Nashville Predators after pulling him 20 minutes into their Game 1 win.
A lot of hockey experts suggested that they would start, Scott Darling in Game 2 given the fact that he stopped all 42 shots he faced and became “the feel-good story,” of night one of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Scott Darling is the 1st goalie to win a game in relief in his playoff debut since Steve Shields on April 21, 1997.
Personally, as amazing as the story was last night. I support Quenneville’s decision to start Corey Crawford. This is the man that went to war for your team on a nightly basis. Without his brilliance you may not be where you are. The last thing the Chicago Blackhawks want is a goaltending controversy after night one of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Quenneville said on Thursday that the decision to go back to Crawford was an easy one because he has been the Blackhawks’ strength all season. And he’s not wrong. In 56 regular season appearances Crawford recorded a .924 save percentage, sixth best in the NHL, for a Blackhawks team that allowed the second fewest goals in the NHL even though they allowed the 22nd most shots per game (30.2).