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Sutter: ‘I’m not worried about Corey Crawford’

Jun 4, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

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Of all the things Darryl Sutter’s focusing on heading into Tuesday’s pivotal Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, Corey Crawford is not one of them.

“I’m not worried about Corey Crawford,” Sutter said during his pregame media availability. “If we’re just only focused on Corey Crawford, then you’re not going to get any opportunities.”

The ‘Hawks goalie has been stellar during the playoffs, especially in back-to-back wins over Los Angeles in which he stopped 40 of 43 shots faced.

Sutter was complimentary of Crawford prior to the series, saying the Chicago goalie “had a hell of a year,” and that “you better give Corey Crawford tons of credit.”

But following Games 1 and 2 in Chicago — during which Crawford posted a .930 save percentage — Sutter said his team’s lack of offense was more about missed chances than Crawford’s shot-stopping.

“We did a good job last game,” he explained. “It’s missed nets, missing great opportunities. They had seven and scored on three. We doubled that and didn’t.”

The ‘Hawks would disagree.

Team captain Jonathan Toews has been raving about Crawford’s play as of late, saying he’s the biggest reason why Chicago has only allowed three goals thus far.

“[Crawford's] hounding the puck, he’s all over it,” Toews told reporters. “He’s side-to-side and he’s as competitive as it gets right now.”

But, as Sutter points out, he still feels it’s the Kings who are preventing themselves from scoring.

“We had several [chances] last game that you have to finish on,” he said. “The nets didn’t get smaller in Chicago.”

  1. aldog83 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    I don’t think he is discrediting Crawford.

    He said he has been great.

    He just understands that the Kings are not scoring goals and are on the way out if they don’t put the puck.

    In the net.

  2. 19to77 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    He’s right. Crawford’s not the netminder to be concerned about right now. Quick is. He looked off on Sunday. Two of those goals were open corners that Quick normally has covered. His positional game is normally borderline-perfect.

  3. shwoogy1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    This Hawks team is “The Best Show On Ice” right now. they can make any goaltender look shaky. With Richards out tonight it ain’t lookin good for those big ugly slow Kings.

  4. hrudey - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Crawford’s done essentially the same thing Niemi and Elliott before him did – beat a team that’s having extreme difficulty scoring at home. Almost every single road game for LA this postseason’s highlight package would be summed up by the words “Relive all the Kings goal from last night’s action.” As it is, the Kings have already scored as many road goals in two games this series than they did in three vs. San Jose.

  5. mattyg89 - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Crow has done exactly what been needed of him. He’s so far out matched Quick and it’s not because he’s making stellar saves. The Hawks D is forcing LA to shoot from non dangerous area’s and Corey has been good enough to stop what he should. Quick is getting such praise during the playoffs because the Kings’ D has been for lack of a better term “non-existent” Crow will hit a time this series where he has to steal a game for the win and the way he is playing and the whole team around him I can definitely see that happening but until that game comes I’d say he needs to just keep doin what he’s doing and the hawks will be fine.

  6. pwt3 - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    The Hawks didn’t beat the Kings. Don’t be silly. The Kings just weren’t playing Kings hockey.

    (That’s a college football joke; every time Michigan has been beaten in the past 50 years, they’ve said they weren’t really beaten, they [Michigan] just didn’t play Michigan football. It’s basically a way sore losers with no sportsmanship have of denying the other team credit and denying reality. “They didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves.”)

  7. pwt3 - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    That said, Crawford isn’t that good, whatever his numbers are. Emery put up the same numbers. Common denominator? The Hawks defense. Crawford is a (mostly) competent goalie benefiting from a stifling team in front of him. It never really is about goalies in hockey – you don’t play a goalie, you play a defense. Quick found that out the other night when his defense forgot to show up for him and he suddenly looked human.

    • hammerhead5573 - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      You are the definition of homer.

      • pwt3 - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        How? I’m a Blackhawks fan, criticizing a Blackhawks player.

  8. tripps3 - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    He should be worried about CC

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