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Quenneville: ‘Hawks aren’t talking about goalie change, Crawford is ‘fine’

May 21, 2013, 12:27 PM EDT

Crawford Emery

Joel Quenneville says there will be no goalie change in Chicago.

“We’re not talking about that right now,” the ‘Hawks head coach said following Monday’s loss to Detroit. “[Corey Crawford] is fine.”

The question came after Crawford allowed three goals on 30 shots in Game 3, though he wasn’t at fault for any of the markers.

Gustav Nyqvist walked around Brent Seabrook on the opening goal, Drew Miller capitalized on a Michal Rozsival turnover for the second goal and Pavel Datsyuk had an absolute laser of a shot on the third.

That said, it’s not surprising goalie questions are being asked.

Crawford teamed with Ray Emery to win the Jennings Trophy this season, and Emery posted stellar numbers — not indicative of a No. 2 netminder — during the regular season: 17-1-0 record, 1.94 GAA and .922 save percentage.

Emery also has some good postseason experience, taking Ottawa to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007.

It’ll be interesting to see how Crawford reacts to all of this in Game 4.

While he’s hardly to blame for Chicago being in a 2-1 series deficit, his numbers have dropped off from Rounds 1 to 2 — most notably his save percentage, which was at .950 in the Minnesota series but now just .901 against the Red Wings.

  1. hosewater2 - May 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Looked to me like Crawford overcommitted on the partial breakaway and completely whiffed on another. Go back 6 months and acquire an NHL-caliber goalie and this is a different outcome.

    • chicagobtech - May 21, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Ten total losses on the season. How well did your goalie do?

      • edwelsh8 - May 21, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        Win and Losses are a team statistic.

    • hammerhead5573 - May 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      “Wins a loses are a team statistic” But a player skating around 2 defensemen is Corey Crawford’s fault. Makes absolutely no sense at all.

  2. LampyB - May 21, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Hammerhead, no one said the goal was crawfords fault. Where did you get that info?

    • hammerhead5573 - May 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Well unless you are seeing a different comment than I am, I would say hosewater 2 was blaming Crawford. You are capable of reading aren’t you?

  3. LampyB - May 21, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Wins and losses ARE a team statistic, soft goals aside. Crawford did commit too early and had his face plastered on the ice by the time the shot was taken. Did he get support? No, but it was a poorly played attempt at making the save.

    • hammerhead5573 - May 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      So with that logic Howard played Kane’s goal poorly too. Darn goalies they should be so much better than they are, I have no idea why they don’t save 100% of the shots taken.

  4. polegojim - May 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Crawford is a solid goalie. I wouldn’t change a think either.


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