Corey Crawford was the last Blackhawk to meet the media. Just like on the ice, he was their last line of defense before they broke for the offseason.

But on Wednesday, it was all about himself and the up-and-down year he had after signing on to be the team's No. 1 goalie.

''It just kind of gets magnified more at this level," Crawford said. ''I experienced that this year.''

Although general manager Stan Bowman faulted others for poor defensive play in front of Crawford, Bowman also didn't mince words when asked about the goaltending this season.

''Our goaltending, in general, was not our strength this year," he said. ''I don't think it's fair to lay the blame on one player. You win as a team and you lose as a team, and I think we need to be stronger defensively. .?.?. [But] individually, he has to be better. I think he would agree on that.''