Corey Crawford Back As Blackhawks’ Starting Goaltender

CBS Chicago

By Chris Emma-

CHICAGO (CBS) — The goaltender controversy that lingered throughout the first round is apparently over. Corey Crawford is back as the Blackhawks’ starter for the Western Conference Semifinals matchup with the Minnesota Wild.

“It’s his net,” Quenneville said of Crawford on Monday morning. “Let’s go.”

Crawford, the Blackhawks’ primary goaltender throughout the regular season, hasn’t started since Game 2 of the first-round series with Nashville. He was called upon to relieve Scott Darling, who allowed three goals in the first period of Game 6 on Saturday, that following three goals allowed in the third period two nights prior.

When given the nod, Crawford delivered. He stopped all 13 shots in 48:44 on the ice, though clearly benefiting from better play in front, and the Blackhawks clinched the series with a 4-3 win. Quenneville believed Crawford earned his way back.

“Great response in a very important game for…

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