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Rookie G Darling to start for Blackhawks in Game 3 vs Preds

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Scott Darling will start in goal in place of Corey Crawford for the Blackhawks against the Predators in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

The series is tied 1-1 going into Sunday’s game in Chicago.

Crawford allowed three goals on 12 shots in the first period of Game 1 on Wednesday in Nashville. Darling took over at the start of the second period to make his playoff debut and stopped all 42 Nashville shots the rest of the way, making some terrific saves as the Blackhawks rallied for a 4-3 win in double overtime.

Crawford played all of Game 2 on Friday in Nashville’s 6-2 victory. He dropped to the ice too quickly on Colin Wilson’s opening power-play goal just 2:47 into the game.

Chicago trailed only 3-2 midway through the third period, but Nashville scored three times in a 2:19 span late to pull away.

The 6-foot-6 Darling made his NHL debut with a win at Ottawa on Oct. 26 and appeared in 14 games, going 9-4-0 with a 1.94 goals-against average.

Crawford appeared in 57 regular-season games, posting 32 wins and a 2.27 goals-against average.

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