Corey Crawford didn’t hesitate to call himself out after giving up the overtime game-winner in Game 2.
“I have to be better,” Crawford said. Coach Joel Quenneville agreed. Monday night, Crawford looks to back up his words.
The Blackhawks are in dire need of a victory in this first-round series against the St. Louis Blues, and Crawford knows it’s up to him to help them get that. He left Game 2 frustrated, angry that he didn’t stop the stoppable Barret Jackman shot that won it for the Blues 5:50 into overtime on Saturday.
“To have that last one go in was pretty heartbreaking. But that’s just a matter of finding a way to make those saves,” said Crawford, who said that he got a piece of several pucks that eluded him in Game 2.
“I touched three pucks that went in the net,” he continued. “As a goalie it’s frustrating when those go in, when you get a piece of it. Two of them went through me; a late one in the first period, it goes across and it hit the top of my blocker. Those are frustrating to have go in. Obviously our PK was pretty solid at the end of the game; we were blocking shots and we were keeping them to the outside.”
Crawford has long been known for his cool demeanor, his ability to shrug off goals, good or bad, and move on. He said he’s still able to do that. The Blackhawks will need him to shake off that Game 2 overtime winner and come up big, beginning tonight.
“I’m always thinking about the next shot, and we review whatever needs to be reviewed, not after the game but maybe the next day,” Crawford said of he and goaltending coach Steve Weeks. “If anything needs to be changed, we’ll do that with weeks. Other than that, it’s just a matter of worrying about the next shot.”