Scott Darling announces his engagement on Instagram

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Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling snaps a picture with his fiancee and their dog. (Photo via sdarling_33 on Instagram)

In football, they say the most popular player on the team is the backup quarterback. For a stretch last season, the same could have been said about the Blackhawks.

During the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Nashville Predators, Scott Darling came in to replace Corey Crawford in Game 1. After helping the Blackhawks come back to win the first game in overtime, Darling led the team to two more wins and put them on the brink of advancing to the next round.

The Lemont native quickly became a fan favorite despite returning to his backup role. Monday, Darling announced on Instagram that he got engaged to his long-time girlfriend Martha Buckley.

What a lucky guy I am, these two beautiful ladies want to spend the rest of their lives with me #fiancée #beyoncé A photo posted by Scott Darling (@sdarling_33) on Feb 1, 2016 at 8:01pm PST

Darling shocked Buckley with the question during the NHL’s All-Star break. According to her Instagram post, Darling made a surprise trip with the couple’s dog to meet up with Buckley before proposing.

In his first full season with the Blackhawks, Darling has started 11 games and appeared in two more. With the high level of play from Crawford, Darling has been used sparingly while the Blackhawks ride the hot hand.

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