|Date of game: 10/26/2014
Recap: Chicago vs. Ottawa
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Scott Darling dazzled in his NHL debut to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.
Darling, a native of Chicago suburb Lemont, Illinois, turned aside 32 shots to help the Blackhawks snap a two-game skid. Darling was recalled earlier in the week after starting goaltender Corey Crawford went down with an upper-body injury.
"The guys played great, helped me out a lot," Darling said.
Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook both scored for the Blackhawks in the win.
Milan Michalek tallied Ottawa's lone marker and Craig Anderson stopped 43- of-45 shots for the Senators, who were coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to New Jersey on Saturday.
"I think the second period again rose for us was an issue. I thought we played too much in our own zone," Senators head coach Paul MacLean said.
Skating 4-on-4, Toews took a pass from Duncan Keith, skated up the left side behind the net and beat a diving Anderson with a wraparound to open the scoring 21 seconds into the second period.
Just over a minute later, Andrew Shaw was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down by Chris Phillips. Anderson was up to the task, making a glove save to keep it a one-goal game.
The Senators tied the game at the 7:08 mark of the second. Alex Chiasson deked past a defender at the left circle and backhanded a pass across the slot to Michalek, who beat Darling with a snap shot for a short-handed goal.
After Phillips went off for interference, Brad Richards dished the puck to Seabrook, who slapped home his first of the season for a 2-1 lead with 6:22 left in the middle stanza.
Darling stopped all 16 shots fired his way in the third to secure his first win.Game Notes
Chicago forward Patrick Kane registered his 500th point with an assist on
Toews' goal ... The Blackhawks have won six consecutive home games against the
Senators dating back to March 28, 2011 ... The game was officiated with just
one referee and two linesmen due to an illness to referee Eric Furlatt ... All
18 Chicago skaters recorded a shot on goal ... The Blackhawks outshot the
Senators by a 45-33 margin.