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‘Hawks to stick with Crawford in Game 5, water still wet

Jun 20, 2013, 5:07 PM EST

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In news that isn’t really news but sort of is because circumstances made it so, Corey Crawford will start in goal for Chicago in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

This narrative comes after Crawford allowed five goals — and got his glove hand exposed — during Wednesday’s overtime win against the Bruins.

Crawford was a major topic in the postgame presser, which included ‘Hawks head coach Joel Quennevile being asked if he was concerned about Crawford’s glove (Coach Q said he wasn’t.)

Today, the questions went a step further as Quenneville was asked if he’d consider starting Ray Emery on Saturday.

Here’s how that went…

QUESTION: Joel, I’ll get this one out of the way early. You’ve got a backup goalie who set a wins record, I believe, this year, he’s played in the Final, he’s got a lot of experience. Given where the goals seemed to be going in on Corey, do you even consider at this point making a change at all?

COACH QUENNEVILLE: No, not at all. No, we’re very comfortable with Corey. 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.

Emery did have an outstanding season — 17-1-0 record, .922 save percentage, 1.94 GAA — and Quenneville said in the past he wouldn’t be against using two goalies in the playoffs.

But in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final? After Crawford played every minute of every playoff game? And with Emery not having suited up since Apr. 24?

No chance.

As for Crawford, he said he won’t start thinking about his glove being an issue, but did acknowledge the Bruins are targeting it.

“Well, 99 percent of the shots are going glove side, I don’t know what you would say,” he explained. “I can’t start thinking about that, that’s when you get in trouble when you start thinking everything is going to go glove.

“I’m just going to play the way I’ve been playing and stick with that.”

  1. comeonnowguys - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Don’t get me wrong, there were a couple of bad ones last night. But are they really going to dump the guy who’s been keeping them in games, second in most stats, because Boston kept doing what they’ve been doing all series. And because a puck bounced off the glass behind the net to the front of the net? And because Saad fell down in front of him? And because Jagr clowned Oduya for the better part of a minute?

    Not a great game from Crawford, but let’s pump the breaks on the hysteria. Same with the “What happened to the Boston defense?!?” panic.

  2. dropthepuckeh - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    If the Bruins score a couple of goals early in the game on Saturday I wouldn’t be surprised to see Emery at all. Make all the excuses you want about all the goals but 10 of the 12 goals scored by Boston have been glove side. All 5 last night went glove side. Chicago should have won that game easily were it not for Crawford. Obviously he is a great goalie but you have to do whatever it takes to win at this time of year and if it means switching up the goalie so be it. As Mike points out in the article, it isn’t as if their backup is a slouch or step down in skill.

  3. hammerhead5573 - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Crawford has given up exactly 1 more goal that Rask and for the most part, you hear of only Rask and how he is he best goalie in the playoffs. The same thing happened in nearly every series the Hawks have played in so far. Did any reporter ask if they were going to sit Rask after the last game? Of course not. The reason why the Bruins and the Hawks are in the finals is because at times these 2 incredible goalies stole games for their teams. One of these goalies is not going to be lifting the cup, but I highly doubt it will be because of poor play. Right about now I’m pretty pleased to have Crawford on the Hawks.

  4. tripps3 - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Wonder if the B’s are going to stick with Rask???? I think he’s shaken up. He gave up six goals – may be time for a change.

  5. spitfisher - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Great news for us bruins fans, keep Crawford in!!!

    • dropthepuckeh - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      Shoot from center ice – glove side!

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      The series is tied and the goaltending is even

      • spitfisher - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        How do you figure?

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        Well the series is 2-2 so that’s easy
        Rask GAA is 11, Crawford 12
        Rask 945 SVP, Crawford is 916 SVP

        The numbers hardly suggest that goaltending is the issue for either team

    • yankeehawk - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      yep….and keep Chara on the ice…….for 5 more goals…

  6. adambballn - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Any Hawks fan even suggesting Crawford shouldn’t start should be punched in their baby maker.

  7. kicksave1980 - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    And why wouldn’t Crawford start? For all the negative comments, he’s been the “weakness” that the Hawks have ridden all the way into a 2-2 tie in the Stanley Cup Final. Every negative comment about Crawford mentions his “weak glove side”. Someone should call the Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings, and LA Kings’ scouting departments and give them that info. They obviously missed your calls when you called to tell them a few weeks ago.

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