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Blackhawks defeat Predators 4-3 in double overtime

Blackhawks defeat Predators 4-3 in double overtime

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On the list of potential heroes for the Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round NHL playoff series against the Predators, Scott Darling ranked just above the assistant coaches.

Yet it was the rookie from Lemont who was absolutely brilliant in relief of starting goaltender Corey Crawford to propel the Hawks to an improbable 4-3 double-overtime victory over the Predators on Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena.

Darling entered the game to start the second period after Crawford yielded three goals that had his team nearly down and out and made 42 saves — many of them spectacular — as the Hawks seized home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series that will...