Saturday, April 21, 2012
Corey Crawford will start Game 5
By Jesse Rogers ESPNChicago.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has elected to start goalie Corey Crawford in Game 5 against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.
With the Hawks trailing their Western Conference quarterfinal 3-1, Quenneville indicated Friday the team was discussing internally what to do with the goalie situation after Crawford gave up soft goals in overtime in Games 3 and 4.
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On Saturday, he indicated he never seriously wavered from Crawford.
"I didn't think [about a change] I just didn't announce," Quenneville said after Hawks practice. "We've very comfortable with [Crawford playing]."
Crawford and the Hawks have been on the losing end of three overtime games in the series. Forward Mikkel Boedker scored the last two overtime winners, one from a bad angle and one on a mini breakaway which slid through Crawford's pads.
"Tough couple of sleeps, just got to get over it," Crawford said. "That's what I've done. We have a game to play. They haven't won the series. Nothing is over. Just ready to play. We have to win this one."
Crawford has had an up-and-down year but is glad to still be in net after giving up three goals on just 19 shots in Game 4.
"It feels nice to have the coach come back to you after two tough ones like that, but I'm not thinking about that," Crawford said. "First shot [in Game 5] is what's on my mind. & Just going to focus on the present."