Corey Crawford Looking Strong In Net Despite An OT Loss

#crOwMG as the Blackhawks twitter nicely puts it. I think people need to cut Corey Crawford some slack. He doesn’t get enough positive recognition for his skill in the net.

 

But if you take a look at his stats, Crawford played a much better game last night than he did during Game 2.

Game 2: Let in five goals on 29 shots.

Game 3: Let in three goals on 49 shots. He made 18 saves in the first period, nine in the second, 11 in the third, and eight in OT.

If anyone has stepped it up, it’s Crawford. He stopped all scoring chances up until the third period when Filip Forsberg netted two peculiar-looking goals. Lets take a look:

Watch the first goal here.

This one was a bad goal on Crawford’s part because he should have continued to track the puck. Even though no one probably could have guessed that a goal like that would happen, it is important for goalies to keep following the puck even if they think it could end up out of play. The goal was reviewed to make sure that the puck did in fact hit the glass and not the netting, which would have caused it to be ruled out of play. Regardless, this was still a bad bounce for Crawford in my book and doesn’t take away from his overall performance throughout the rest of the game.

Here is the second goal by Forsberg. This one was challenged by Quenneville due to the possibility of goalie interference.

Ultimately, the call on the ice stood and it remained a good goal.

So Crawford definitely got the short end of the stick in terms of goals against last night.

“I felt pretty good,” said Crawford during his post game interview. “But there were some tough breaks on goals.” Later on, when asked more about the goals, he simply stated: “I don’t know. Game’s over.”

I think this tweet pretty much sums up my thoughts:

Although fans may have put the blame on Crawford, his teammates felt differently:

“He played amazing,” said Patrick Kane. “[He] kept us in the game in the third, kept us in the game in overtime and in the first period. I think our only good period tonight was the second.”

“You need your best players to be your best players and if anyone was doing that, it was [Crawford],” said Jonathan Toews. “He gave us a chance to win that game, and there’s not much more you can ask from a guy like him.”

If you happened to be focusing only on the goals Crawford did let in, let me show you some of the highlights you may have missed:

 

Those moments get pretty easily overlooked by fans, especially in such a high-stakes game like that, when the team hasn’t been playing well. As a fan, it’s very easy to blame the goalie for a loss. But sometimes you need to take a step back and really look at the bigger picture. This loss was not on Crawford.

Feature Photo via Mark Humphrey, The Associated Press.

2 thoughts on “Corey Crawford Looking Strong In Net Despite An OT Loss

  1. […] Monterey Pepper on Corey Crawford standing tall for floundering Blackhawks: Those moments get pretty easily overlooked by fans, especially in such a high stakes game like that was and when the team hasn’t been playing well. As a fan, it’s very easy to blame the goalie for a loss. But sometimes you need to take a step back and really look at the bigger picture. This loss was not on Crawford. […]

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