The goals that zoomed past Corey Crawford were a little too high in quantity for his or the Blackhawks’ liking. Those five goals were also passing him around the same spot, either above or below the glove that didn’t catch enough of them against the Boston Bruins in Game 4. Crawford’s mindset during that frustrating time was, “Just stay with it, just stay with it.” He did, stopping enough through the end of the third period and overtime to give the Blackhawks a chance to win, which they did on Brent Seabrook’s seeing-eye shot midway through overtime. But in the ensuing hours and following day, the questions that hadn’t come up all postseason came up: Is Crawford OK? Do the Blackhawks still believe he can push through? The answers were a resounding yes and yes. True, Crawford had a very off night Wednesday, something that’s been rare for him this postseason. It was almost costly, if it weren’t for Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask giving up one more than he did at the end. But a goalie change? The Blackhawks can’t fathom it. “No, not at all; we're very comfortable with Corey,” head coach Joel Quenneville said. “Corey has been rock solid all year for us and when he's got the ball, he's been outstanding. And he's the biggest reason why we're here today.” Crawford has been great all postseason and even with last night’s bad game he’s not far behind Rask in goals-against average (1.83 for Rask, 1.86 for Crawford). But this is the life of a goaltender: have a bad game, especially at this stage and your previous bad postseason games come up again. Those first 20 postseason games, the ones in which he went 13-7 and helped the Blackhawks win the first three series, don’t get brought up as much.
Blackhawks' confidence in Crawford still as high as ever
CSN Chicago | Jun 21