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Quenneville: Crawford ‘needs to be better’

Dec 5, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

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Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville got right down to it on the topic of his goaltender Corey Crawford.

“He needs to be better,” said Quenneville, according to Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago.

The advice for Crawford came after the Blackhawks coughed up a 4-3 decision to the Minnesota Wild, a Central Division foe, on Thursday night. Chicago captured the lead early on in the third period, but quickly gave it up as the Wild scored twice in less than four minutes to snatch the victory back.

Marco Scandella‘s first goal of the season turned out to be the winner. It came with 1:48 remaining in regulation time.

Crawford faced only 23 shots the entire night, making 19 saves.

The Blackhawks, still first in the Central Division by three points, have lost their last two games, which follow after a six-game winning streak to cap off their Circus Trip in impressive style.

“You look at the last couple games. There are mistakes we’ve made that we have to tend to, obviously,” said Blackhawks’ captain Jonathan Toews.

  1. blackhawks2010 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    We let another one slip thru, can’t leave points on the table to these lesser teams. Go Hawks!

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      Oh god… Lesser teams? If these last two games have taught the team anything about humility, than I hope it will spill over to people like you. My god.

      They don’t call it the Central Division because its central to the Blackhawks.

      I still think the Blackhawks are the best team in the NHL, but this just rubs me the wrong way. When the goalie of the lesser team ends up winning, or comes in 2nd of Vezina voting, and Parise and Pomminville end in the top 30 of scoring will they still be a lesser team? And no, I’m not from Minnesota. I’m an unbiased lover of hockey.

      • esracerx46 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:25 AM

        Not trying to be snide, but when you say you think the Hawks are the best team in the league…that means 29 other teams are lesser teams.

        For the record I get what you’re saying. Fans out there and this doesn’t just go for Hawks fans, don’t like it when their team loses to a perceived weaker team. Anyone can lose to anyone on any given day. Nothing is a given. Wild won tonight. Congrats. Hawks just have to be better next time. Preferably be better on the PK…wretched.

    • esracerx46 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      When you say that you come off as an arrogant prick. Just gonna annoy every non Blackhawk fan. Don’t want this fan base turning into some other nameless fan bases that post here and annoy the heck out of everyone.

      • comeonnowguys - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        I totally agree.

        That said, it has been a little more than six years since WWW died, and the knee-jerk sterotype is that we are all bandwagon hoppers. Not sure much is going to change that, or that we should even care.

    • mp1131211 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      This is just ignorant

    • tved12 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Did you watch the game last night?

      I’ll give the Hawks credit, the two goals they scored in the 3rd were absolutely pinpoint shots. That said, the Wild outplayed them all night, including the two goals they scored in the 3rd. On both of those goals the Wild held the puck in the zone, controlled it well and scored after wearing the Hawks down. The Hawks may be the best team in the league right now, but they weren’t the better team last night.

  2. hawksin5 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    crawford better pick it up with that big new contract of his or he’s outta Chicago, and Raanta will be the future.

    • mp1131211 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      Eah, because other teams love picking up big new contracts of struggling goalies.

    • mexrph - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      Crawford always has at least one point during the season where he really plays poorly. Last year Ray Emery bailed him out at least once, possibly twice. Can Raantta do the same this year?

  3. bcarsonmn - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    I’m more concerned with the Wild coughing up the lead to begin with and Harding giving up 3 goals on 19 shots. Anyway the Hawks are a great team and that was a great game.

  4. blomfeld - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:33 AM

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  5. hammerhead5573 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Although Crawford looked poor again, I would hardly say it was all his fault. The team in general played poorly because of the Minnesota defense. Haven’t seen every game. But from the ones I have seen that was a pretty darn good defense they played tonight. They didn’t let the Hawks do anything for most of the game. Also, at some point before game 82, it would be great if the penalty kill woke up. That said, as great as the Wild defense was and as crapy as the team played general, the Hawks had their chance.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:23 AM

      I agree with you on they’re defense too. I noticed that when the flyers played the wild the other night. They got solid shut down defense and was on us like crazy pressuring the hell outta us. Not to mention Harding playing great too. They’re not a easy team like others might think, they’re underestimated at times.

      • tved12 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        I’m a Wild fan and I’m very impressed with their D this year. Enough has been said about Sutter and Brodin, but I’ve been beyond impressed with Clayton Stoner this year. He was downright unwatchable last year but he’s really showed me something so far this season.

  6. hammerhead5573 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    @mp, absolutely agree, but Hawks haters would have and likely still will come out in full force just for the sake of it and make equal @sses of themselves. I never consider any team out of any game until the final horn goes off because all it takes is an injury here or a hot streak there, to make any good team suddenly a team looking in from the outside. But your point is valid.

  7. muckleflugga - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    i don’t think hawks supporters have much to worry about beyond keeping their gunners healthy through a complete season…

    give hawks opportunity to roll their speed and puck handling wizards and they’re scary to watch, particularly when they pin tiring teams. but a defensive flaw inherent in quick teams, is speed players tend to cycle in rhythm, unconsciously setting up for the next rush before regaining possession in their own end

    the kind of grinding play that locks-down and defines defensive minded hockey is not always compatible with free-wheeling yearnings of flashy teams like hawks; grinding defence always yields a step or two on the break-out as players disengage from the one-on-one battles and pursuit…without that sacrifice at the expense of speed, hawks are as vulnerable as any team, and will have off nights accordingly

    nothing makes a defence or goalies look shabbier than lazy or indifferent back-checking from forwards

    as for crawford, something’s amiss with his consistency, no doubt. it seems all these goalies signing big money longer term deals become distracted…goalie: meet stockbroker meet realtor meet ferrari salesman [ meet tree ]

    and like many others, crawford’s become predictable, dropping too early and trying to play the game from a flat-out butterfly; there’s no mystery for the snipers anymore, they’re all going cross bar without looking, and they’ll keep doing it until goalies start standing up

    no, if i were quenneville, i’d be asking who gave the wild those clean looks at a distracted crawford from eighty feet and out…

    • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Muckle you’re spot on this time, all the way thru. And I actually laughed out loud at the “meet tree”

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      We’ve disagreed in several articles, and you’ve been kinda abrasive. And you’re pretty acurate, and I likes the imagry too.

  8. mnwildnstar - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    im not worried about Harding..those were pinpointed Sensational shots. Not many Goalies would have stopped them.

  9. muckleflugga - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    blackhawksdynasty and endusersoutions2013:

    men of uncommon intelligence and refined taste…

    a credit to these boards by every measure

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