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Crawford is having a laugh about his skills being questioned

Jun 22, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

Corey Crawford AP

Corey Crawford could be letting the talk about his apparent tough play get him down. Instead, he’s taking it all in stride with a good sense of humor.

CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty hears from Crawford about the questions about his glove hand in this series, especially after some questionable goals allowed in the Blackhawks’ Game 4 victory, and shrugs it off dutifully.

“Last series they were talking about my blocker side,” said Crawford. “Both sides are bad, I guess.”

Crawford is rolling with a .920 save percentage in this series. During the regular season that might not be too bad, but in the playoffs when every save is critical it’s a bit lacking.

Overall in the playoffs, Crawford is stopping pucks at a .931 percentage which is second only to Tuukka Rask‘s .941. Considering both goalies had their issues stopping pucks in Game 4, you wonder what Rask would have to say about his game being questioned. Hint: It would probably be unprintable.

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

  1. bigbadbruins77 - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Rediculous. He’s a great goalie.

    • clefty1 - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      He is overrated!

  2. northstarnic - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    I am whole-heartedly pulling for Chicago. Crawford could well be the difference though, if B wins. Rask has definitely been the better goalie and Crawford’s glove has been a problem.

  3. tfilarski - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I don’t understand why Crow is getting all the heat? Didn’t he allow less goals than Rask in game 4? Although 3/5 goals is still not acceptable, two goals were not even his fault. Bouncing off the back glass then off his net? You’ve got to be kidding!

    • spitfisher - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Well then with that estute logic you need to look at game 1,2,3 several softies, 4 of the 5 goals, he was lookimg right a the shooter and only moved his glove after the red light was on……these were not scrubs and garbage goals

      I would say if Chicago loses, one could point to three reasons, goaltending, shut down defense of Boston, and a balanced of 4 lines of attack. If Boston loses I don’t beleive defense or goal tending short comings will be the reason, but more lkely the offense of Chicago prevailed- not Crawford.

      The reason why Crawford is catching some heat, well I bet some Chicago fans from thier lazy boys at home thought he should have stopped at least 5-6 of those goals, I know there are some bruins fans that were surprised he didn’t stop some.

      This sould be a telling game, Rask historically responds accordingly, I wouldn’t be surprised of 0 maybe 1 goals tonight by the hawks, but either way the series has been great.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        I enjoyed that you tried to chirp this guy and spelled astute incorrectly. Congrats!

  4. rickyspanish24 - Jun 22, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    If I’m Chicago I’m way more concerned that 2 or 3 of those goals were the end result of defensive carelessness and breakdowns.

  5. jacketsfan7 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    He’s a great goalie , makes important saves , but gives up soft goals , he gets the job done

  6. clefty1 - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Crawford is OVERRATED!!!! When are some of you people going to learn that Crawford’s good stats has far more to do with the team that plays in front of him. Put him between the pipes for the Wings and I will bet anything that the Wings do not make the playoffs.

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