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PHT Extra: Can Crawford build on second half of Game 5?

May 30, 2014, 10:48 AM EDT

Corey Crawford AP

“I thought he really settled down. After the fourth one there, I thought he did everything we were looking for. Really showed composure. I liked the way he battled through it. I think after that fourth one there, we needed him to be great and solid. He delivered.”

That was Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, talking about his goalie, Corey Crawford, who got the win Wednesday in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final, despite allowing four goals to the Kings, the fourth time he’s allowed at least that many goals in the series.

Game 6 goes tonight in Los Angeles, and we’re thinking it may come down to which goalie, Crawford or Jonathan Quick, gives the strongest performance. To this point in the series, neither has played particularly well.

  1. pirovash88 - May 30, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    I don’t think either team has more pressure on them then the other. Chicago doesn’t want to go out as Champs in a Game 6 against LA and LA doesn’t want to let their series lead slip against Chicago. I’d say it’s the same amount of pressure both ways.

  2. suesawicki2000 - May 30, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Neither has played really well? Really, because scores in game 2, which was a 6-2 victory for the KINGS, game 4 a 5-2 victory for the KINGS, makes a totally different statement. Don’t compare Quick to Crawford. There is no comparison. Also, you just have to love the way all these articles are always about the Squawks, their players, what “they” need to do, etc. You would think they were the only team playing. Hopefully, the Kings will be the warriors they can be, come out and do battle and take this at home tonight, and we won’t have to hear about the squawks anymore. GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jason Brough - May 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      And feel free to watch our last PHT Extra, where we gave all sorts of love to the Kings:

      http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/27/pht-extra-whats-been-key-for-kings-killer-for-hawks/

    • comeonnowguys - May 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      Cool your jets. Crawford outplayed Quick last year. The comparison isn’t as much heresy as you would like.

  3. tfilarski - May 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    the hawks defense has been terrible (credit kings for this). hawks have been allowing kings to get great position in front of crawford. i am not blaming crawford for a lot of these goals.

  4. hockeyornothing - May 30, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Both goalies have had their ups and downs Quick vs Sharks and Crawford during pretty much the whole playoffs but Crawford certainly got them to the playoffs. Just needs to round into form. As far as calling them the sqwaks that’s pretty funny but you can call them anything you want. See ya Sunday in chicago in the handshake line where we will
    All be smiling at home!

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