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Blackhawks turn back to Darling in goal

CHICAGO -- After Game 1, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said it was a "no brainer" for him to stick with Corey Crawford in net even after Scott Darling made 42 saves without allowing a goal.

But that changed after Crawford allowed six goals Friday night in Game 2 against the Predators.

Quenneville said Scott Darling will get the start in net for Game 3 today at the United Center.

"His play is deserving of getting a start here at home and something he deserves based on how well he played in that game," Quenneville said.

Quenneville added he will evaluate who the starting goaltender will be on a game-by-game basis.

"Crow has been our starter here every game for a long stretch of games here," Quenneville said. "Everybody assumes he's going to be your guy and well this year Scotty came in and played one of those games that was an amazing performance and put us in a pretty good spot. Still a lot of hockey to be played here but we're looking forward to (Darling) getting in the net."

Goaltenders coach Jimmy Waite delivered the news to Crawford yesterday and Quenneville said he planned to speak with Crawford this morning. Quenneville said he didn't know how Crawford took the news.

Meanwhile, the Predators announced captain Shea Weber will not make the trip to Chicago for Game 3 and is likely out for Game 4 on Tuesday with the team saying it will provide and update on Weber's status on Wednesday. Weber suffered a lower-body injury and left Game 2 in the second period.


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