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Video: Kings continue to torment Crawford

May 28, 2014, 9:54 PM EDT

The Chicago Blackhawks are shuffling their defensive pairings to try to solve the Los Angeles Kings, but Corey Crawford just can’t seem to get back on track.

The Blackhawks built early 2-0 and 3-1 leads in Game 5 on Wednesday, yet they approach the third period in a worrisome situation. Crawford has been beaten for three unanswered goals as the Kings gained a 4-3 lead.

One could argue that the most discouraging span came when the Kings scored two goals in a two-minute span. Crawford made a nice stop but Dustin Brown cleaned up the rebound to tie things up:

While replays revealed that Tanner Pearson provided a nifty shot, this 4-3 goal could haunt Crawford, especially if it stands as the series-clincher:

Crawford has allowed four goals on 25 shots. He’s now given up at least four goals in four straight games (17 through three games and two periods). There are more than a few rumors that Crawford could be injured tonight. If so, one wonders why Joel Quenneville might not give him a breather tonight.

Jonathan Quick hasn’t exactly been a brick wall himself tonight (three goals allowed on 19 shots), but he only needs to be perfect for 20 minutes to punch the Kings’ ticket to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

  1. r8rbhawk - May 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Son of a muckleflugga!

  2. comeonnowguys - May 28, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    You are kidding, right?

    Goal 1: Seabrook turnover leads to Hawks playing grabass in front of Crawford.
    Goal 2: Keith pinching leads to an odd man rush followed by a trailer nobody picked up.
    Goal 3: Versteeg had three separate chances on three different parts of the ice to not be a damn disaster and get the puck out of trouble.
    Goal 4: Crawford softie.

    • comeonnowguys - May 28, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Please don’t confuse me with saying he is having a great game. This breathless hemming and hawing by National media gets old.

      • c9castine - May 28, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        wow. what a thin skin.

        especially from the fan of a team who normally gets its balls coddled.

      • comeonnowguys - May 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        Yeah, um it’s not thin skin.

        I despise lazy narratives, that’s all. If the Hawks lose, there is plenty of blame to go around. To throw it all at the feet of a guy that always a big reason you got this far is myopic.

  3. comeonnowguys - May 28, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I don’t care if it gives the Hawks a PP. Delay of Game is Lame on the Plain in Spain.

  4. muckleflugga - May 28, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    taketh not the name muckleflugga in vain or a great curse will be visited upon the crowbait known to minions of pinions as the hawks

  5. bloodybj - May 29, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Totally agree with comeonnowguys, was listening to the radio for the second period, Crawford had just lost the lead, and it was a soft goal, but come on, the d has been horrible this series, and the offense? Everyone seems to give saad a pat on the back, where was he in game 2 and 3? Media is terrible

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