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Quenneville isn’t worried about Crawford’s glove

Jun 20, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

Whether it’s a matter of coincidence or careful film study, the Boston Bruins repeatedly scored glove-side on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during a 6-5 overtime loss in Game 4:

Then, following the game, this conversation happened between a media member and ‘Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville:

Reporter: Corey was fighting it a little on the glove side tonight. Are you concerned about that going forward?

Quenneville: No. Corey has been great for us all year, all playoffs. He just moves forward. Commend him. We got the win. You know, he’ll be fine.

Some figure the Blackhawks bench boss dismissed a potential concern, but it’s easy to focus on a bad night (and a shaky 2011-12 season) and lose sight of Crawford’s otherwise fantastic season.

Even with tonight’s struggles, he has a .931 save percentage in 21 postseason games, this after producing a .926 mark in the regular season.

We’ll see if the Bruins exploit what might be a weakness or if this is just a bump in the road.

Either way, Quenneville doesn’t sound concerned.

  1. murtdurt - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Didn’t task give up 6 tonight? Julian should be the 1 concerned

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:57 AM

      Why would either coach be concerned? They have the two best goalies in the playoffs and both had big saves tonight when the guys in front of them failed.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        You’re right! Both goalies made some big saves. Rask didn’t look as bad as Crawford and both teams looked like they were playing October hockey. Give aways , odd man rushes. It was ugly. And Crawford gave up some bad goals. As a coach you’ve got to be worried about Crawford’s poor performance, and the rest of the team, and coach J has to get the B’s back on their game. It’s BS if you think these games don’t give coaches nightmares. Their game plan is never to give up 5 goals in a game. We just saw 11 combined goals. B’s were also out played on the face offs.

    • scalfor3 - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Rask faced 47 shots, Crawford only saw 33. Crawford would have let in 8 or 9 if he’d faced 47

  2. titansbro - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    That glove did look a little shaky but I would agree that the defense in front of them should be the bigger concern for both teams.

  3. tripps3 - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Nor should he be worried

  4. ibieiniid - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    why would he be worried about his glove?
    don’t worry Joel, Crawford is keeping his glove safe. he makes sure it gets out of the way of any dangerous, speeding puck.

  5. jacketsfan7 - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    I wouldn’t be concerned if 2 of them weren’t long range bombs from d-men
    I understand letting in the goals around the crease , I wouldn’t be worrying about that , that’s on the defense , but those long range bombs are inexcusable , so I am concerned

  6. greenmtnboy31 - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    I would be more worried about the refs trying to steal another one like they did last night. God, they were ridiculous with three power plays going to Boston on three phantom penalties. They weren’t calling hooking on Jagr last series to win the game or on Toews breakaway last night, but then they make that bogus hooking call on Kane??????????????

    • ironyisadeadscene - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      I can only imagine how much whining you would do if your team was actually good enough to be playing right now.

      • spitfisher - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        Not even that, just constant ill informed whining…..

    • dropthepuckeh - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Where have you been Habsman – did mom take away your computer? Also, why did you change your screen name, were you banned as Habsman or did you finally feel foolish enough for your posts that you thought you would reinvent yourself on the board? Take your conspiracy theories elsewhere, June hockey is for the adults….

      • ibieiniid - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        lol damn yo, goin’ hard on that guy

        wait…. is June hockey for me if i laughed at “hard on?”

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        Who is Habsman eh?

        Are things moving a little to fast for you dropthepuck? The Bruins will try to slow it down so you and Chara can keep up.

        You do realize there are more than you few Bruins fans that post here don’t you?

  7. bman7206 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Crawford had a glove on?

  8. joestemme - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Well, I think we know what part of Crawford’s game he will be working on this off-season. It’s an issue that can be corrected. But, teams next year will certainly be testing him like crazy. It’s like the rookie phenom in baseball who it turns out can’t hit a curve – guess, what the phenom has to overcome to become a consistent player?

  9. valarmorghuliss - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    And many people were ready to hand him the Team Canada starting gig last week.

    Sorry no, he will be competing with the rest when the time comes to pick the team

  10. tripps3 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Wow, one terrible game and everyone is ready to toss Crawford aside. He has been stellar all year and in the playoffs – even with his glove. Come on folks.

    • spitfisher - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      5 goals last night and most of the remaining goals were all on the glove side, several of them he was not screened on, several were soft goals, and several of them-looking at the replay- he didn’t even move his glove till the red light came on. For this series he has been OK, how he was on the other series is irrelevant right now- same with Rask or any goalie.

      Boychucks goal he was looking right at him, he never moved- don’t let the coach’s sound bite fool you, he is very concerned.

  11. mallethead329 - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I know history indicates you stick with 1 goalie in the playoffs, but the Blackhawks practically split their goalie time in half this short season. I wouldn’t have had a problem if Ray Emery had started a game or two in the earlier series, but starting Emery now would only look like a panic move. I guess you hope it was just one bad night for Crawford. It happens, RASK stunk worse anyhow.

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