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Chicago will “talk about” replacing Crawford with Emery in goal

Apr 20, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

The Vancouver Canucks did it, so did the Florida Panthers.

Will the Chicago Blackhawks be the next team to make a goaltending change?

They might, according to CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers. Shortly before the team departed for Phoenix on Friday, head coach Joel Quenneville remained non-committal about who his Game 5 starter would be.

“We’ll talk about it,” Crawford said of his timeline for a decision. “We don’t foresee making an announcement.”

Corey Crawford has started all four games thus far, compiling below-average numbers: a 1-3 record with a .900 save percentage and 2.64 goals-against average.

His biggest issues, though, have come in overtime, where he’s allowed a pair of questionable markers to Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker:

Crawford was visibly disappointed after allowing the second of Boedker’s game-winning tallies.

“I was just playing it like a breakaway,” he said. “He came in and I don’t know how it went through there. I don’t know.”

Crawford’s poor play is just one of the reasons why Quenneville might turn to Emery. The 29-year-old has also had success against Phoenix this year, making three appearances against the Coyotes while posting a 1.52 GAA/.927 save percentage.

And lest we forget, Emery has experience taking the starting gig from Crawford and going on a run. In mid-December he was handed the reins and ripped off a five-game winning streak — plus, there’s his extensive playoff experience. He backstopped Ottawa to the Cup finals in 2007 and has 36 playoff games on his resume.

  1. chiadam - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Probably a good idea at this point, considering the game-winning “shot” wasn’t even really a shot. The puck was rolling down the ice with Boedker chasing it. Untradeable Nick Leddy was…well, no one really knows what Untradeable Nick Leddy was doing, but it wasn’t working. Then, the puck rolled in. I heard the “shot” compared to a curling throw, which is about right.

  2. hawkeytown - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Watched video from the locker room after the game; sounds like the players have lost faith in him…2 BRUTAL goals. Q has to go to Emery & hope for the best.

    • chiadam - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      Agree, but the roster is flawed past the goalie. Seabrook aside, the defense is small. The Hawks clearly favor small guys that can skate, which is fine as long as you don’t ONLY have small guys that can skate. The forwards are also smaller snipers that can skate. Again, fine as long as you don’t ONLY have smaller snipers that can skate. No one on the team will take or finish a check. And the entire team never seems to be all that motivated. They coast. They’re flat. They have no fight in them until it’s too late.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        I couldn’t say it any better. The way the defense played in 2010 compared to last year and this year is night and day.

  3. rosloe62 - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I would’ve put Emery starting in game 4 for a spark. Also, what’s up with the D, it stands for disaster not defense? Unfortuately, he Hawks will have a lot of time to decide on some much needed off season moves.

  4. md1123 - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Not Crawford’s fault that his tema doesnt like to score until theres 5 seconds left in the game… he cant score and block shots..should never come down to one shot

  5. johnnyru131 - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    I hope to never see O’Donnell in a Hawks uni ever again too. He started that last play. I would trade Crawford, Sharp and Leddy for a top notch goalie. Maybe another young stud too

  6. serbvet1 - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Enjoy your last game of the season Hawk fans! It is over!

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