Crawford backs Khabibulin day after rough outing

Crawford backs Khabibulin day after rough outing
October 30, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Vinnie Duber

A day after Nikolai Khabibulin allowed four goals against the Senators, prompting his removal from the game, teammates continued to show their support for the veteran net minder.

And this time, it was the man who replaced him Tuesday night.

Corey Crawford, who helped lead the Blackhawks back from behind to a 6-5 victory over Ottawa, offered a vote of confidence in Khabibulin.

"I know he wants to compete so hard and he wants to do so well. I'm not worried about him at all," Crawford said Wednesday. "He's a great goalie, he's won a Stanley Cup. He's going to win some big games for us. So there's no worries there."

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Khabibulin's performance this season has not inspired confidence in many Blackhawks fans. Prior to Tuesday's four-goal performance, Khabibulin allowed six in a loss to the Lightning. In three games played for the Hawks this season, he has allowed an average of 4.73 goals per outing and posted a save percentage of just .818. He's won one game, lost another in overtime and came away with no decision in the third.

Meanwhile, down at AHL affiliate Rockford, goalie Antti Raanta has gone 5-1-0 in seven games with a goals against average of 2.40 and a .926 save percentage. Still, Raanta is young and still getting accustomed to playing in North America. His performance, though, has some fans asking for a switch behind Crawford.