Former Outlaw Darling Climbs Ladder To Nhl

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It was a long, winding road for Darling to reach hockeys pinnacle. He was a sixth-round pick in the 2007 NHL draft by the Phoenix Coyotes but opted to attend the University of Maine, where he played for two years. He spent time in the East Coast Hockey League (Florida Everblades and Wheeling Nailers) before playing in the American Hockey League (Wilkes-Barre Penguins, Hamilton Bulldogs and Milwaukee Admirals) over the past two seasons. He made his NHL debut on Sunday when he stopped 33 shots in a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. He made 24 saves in a 1-0 loss to to Anaheim two days later. “I was a little bit terrified and excited,” Darling told blackhawks.com after his first victory. “It’s 20 years of work coming into this one game, so I was excited. It went well and I’m just happy.” “He was rock solid,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told Blackhawks.com. “Excellent start to his career here at the NHL level. He was big, we needed him early in the game and he was settled down. He was patient, he was big, controlled his rebounds, handled the puck well (and) moved extremely fast and quick. source: http://globegazette.com/sports/cc6f3715-8bec-53e5-bc2c-f949b2964b0c.html

Ducks keep rolling, shut out Blackhawks | The Journal Gazette

Anderson slid out and overcommitted to Toews as he skated down the left side of the slot. The Chicago captain circled the net and tucked in a shot from the right side before Anderson could get back into positon. Anderson turned aside Shaw’s penalty shot with his shoulder just over a minute later. Michalek tied it with a short-handed goal at 7:08 when he completed a nifty 2-on-1 rush with Alex Chiasson from the doorstep. Michalek and Chiasson raced down the ice against Brent Seabrook after Brad Richards failed to hold the puck in the Ottawa zone. Seabrook’s screened power-play goal with 6:22 left in the second put Chicago back ahead. Seabrook fired a shot from the blue line with Bryan Bickell parked in front. Darling was sharp in the third, and preserved Chicago’s lead by stopping all 16 Ottawa shots in the period. Chris Phillips fired a rebound wide of a half-open net with 3:45 left. NOTES: Crawford has resumed skating. … source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/280477512.html

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(WREX) – James Neal scored a natural hat trick on his bobble head night, and the Nashville Predators edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Thursday night to become the last NHL team still unbeaten in regulation this season. The two Central Division rivals came in as the only teams yet to lose in regulation. They played into overtime six nights earlier in Chicago with the Blackhawks winning 2-1. The Predators earned points in their seventh straight game before a sellout crowd, continuing their best start since the 2010-11 season when they got points in each of their first eight. For Neal, it was the fifth hat trick of his career. Acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh in June, Neal has five goals in four games. Filip Forsberg had two assists. Ben Smith and Andrew Shaw scored for Chicago. All content Copyright 2000 – 2014 WorldNow and WREX. All Rights Reserved. source: http://www.wrex.com/story/26880223/2014/10/23/blackhawks-fall-in-nashville-for-first-regulation-loss

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Neals hat trick lifts Predators past Chicago 3-2 Teresa M. Walker | Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. James Neal scored a natural hat trick on his bobble head night, and the Nashville Predators edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Thursday night to become the last NHL team still unbeaten in regulation this season. The two Central Division rivals came in as the only teams yet to lose in regulation. They played into overtime six nights earlier in Chicago with the Blackhawks winning 2-1. The Predators earned points in their seventh straight game before a sellout crowd, continuing their best start since the 2010-11 season when they got points in each of their first eight. For Neal, it was the fifth hat trick of his career. Acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh in June, Neal has five goals in four games. Filip Forsberg had two assists. Ben Smith and Andrew Shaw scored for Chicago. With Chicago trailing 3-1, Shaw tipped a rebound past goalie Pekka Rinne at 12:36 of the third. source: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141023/SPORTS2004/141029759/-1/sports12

Blackhawks beat Senators 2-1 in solid debut by rookie goalie Scott Darling | Star Tribune

aIt’s tough for me to bring that intensity every night, but it’s something that I need to do.a The Blackhawks want Saad to be the player he was against the Kings every night. Then they remember that he doesn’t turn 22 until Monday. aWe expect a lot from him,a Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said, noting young players must learn how to become consistent. aHopefully he can become that power forward that every team looks for.a The future Kane doesn’t hide his admiration for Saad’s game. He recently compared him to Hossa, a future Hall of Famer. aI think they’re similar,a Kane said. aHe’s got the size, the speed, the talent. He’s even got the strength that young players never have. He’ll be special for quite a while.a The former Pine-Richland star doesn’t seem to be rattled by the expectations of Chicago’s superstars. aI’m just trying to get better every day, regardless of whether or not I’m young and how long I’ve been in the league,a he said. Toews believes in Saad and broke down what makes him physically impressive. aI see it in him every day,a Toews said. source: http://triblive.com/sports/nhl/7025942-74/saad-blackhawks-kane

Neal’s hat trick lifts Predators past Chicago 3-2 | The Journal Gazette

Gibson made a sprawling save on Jonathan Toews early in the third period. The 25-year-old Darling, who made his second start since being called up from the minors because of an injury to starter Corey Crawford, made a big body save on Jakob Silfverberg 5:16 into the third period. Otherwise, Darlings poise and positioning made every save look routine until Smith-Pelly scored. JETS 4, ISLANDERS 3: In Uniondale, New York, Andrew Ladd scored his second goal of the night 3:31 into the third period, and Winnipeg rallied to win in a back-and-forth encounter. WILD 4, BRUINS 3: In Boston, Marco Scandella scored with 5:53 remaining as Minnesota rallied for three goals in the third period. PENGUINS 8, DEVILS 3: In Pittsburgh, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby scored two of four second-period goals and Pittsburgh netted seven straight in a rout. FLYERS 3, KINGS 2, OT: In Philadelphia, Brayden Schenn scored 2:36 into overtime, and Philadelphia snapped Los Angeles six-game win streak. SENATORS 5, BLUE JACKETS 2: In Columbus, Ohio, Clarke MacArthur had two goals and an assist, and the Ottawa beat Columbus in the Blue Jackets first game since star goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was sidelined by a broken finger. LIGHTNING 7, COYOTES 3: In Tampa, Florida, Nikita Kucherov had his first career NHL hat trick and Tyler Johnson had four assists, extending his points streak to seven games. BLUES 4, STARS 3, OT: In Dallas, Vladimir Tarasenko scored 1:28 into overtime to complete a hat trick and lead St. Louis. source: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141029/SPORTS20/310299975/-1/SPORTS12

 

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