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Heres the deal: Blackhawks Collin Delia isnt backing down from anybody

Heres the deal: Blackhawks Collin Delia isnt backing down from anybody
Published On: Wed, Jan 09
May 17, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews (19) moves the puck against the Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) during the first period in game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Blackhawks goalie Collin Delia had no time to blink, let alone think. In a flash, one of the NHLa€™s emerging superstars was on him like a mongoose on a wounded snake.

The Flamesa€™ Johnny Gaudreau came in alone on Delia and squeezed a shot through the five-hole to give the Flames a 3-2 lead in a game theya€™d win 4-3 on Monday. It was the first loss in regulation for Delia, whose numbers through five starts a€” a 3-1-1 record, 2.19 goals-against average and .947 save percentage a€” still are mighty impressive.

But would he ever like to have that chance against Gaudreau back.

a€˜a€˜I just didna€™t get my knees down hard enough,a€™a€™ he said. a€˜a€˜Obviously, give him credit. It was a good shot. But I feel like thata€™s a save I can make, and it just slips through barely.a€™a€™

Other challenges are easier to see coming for the 24-year-old, who was promoted from the Hawksa€™ American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford after veteran Corey Crawford suffered a concussion a week before Christmas.

One is the ongoing competition for playing time with Cam Ward, who has underwhelmed in his first season with the Hawks. Another is the unknown of what might happen to Delia if and when Crawford returns this season.

Then again, it might be as simple as this: Delia is locking down the No. 1 job for the time being. That has a nice ring to it, as far as hea€™s concerned.

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