Crawford excited to be back on the ice

Crawford excited to be back on the ice
February 21, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Corey Crawford doesn’t want to talk about what took him out of the net for nearly a week. He just wants to get back into the net as soon as possible.

Crawford said he’s been cleared to play after being out nearly a week with an undisclosed upper-body injury. And while Crawford’s ready to go, he won’t be going right away. Coach Joel Quenneville said Ray Emery will start tomorrow against the San Jose Sharks.

Still, for Crawford, it was good just to get back to practice. Crawford practiced last Thursday but Quenneville said he wasn’t feeling well immediately after. Crawford had taken a Bobby Ryan knee to the head at the end of the Ducks-Blackhawks game last week. But Crawford didn’t want to talk about what really ailed him, or any symptoms he might have had.

“I don’t even care about it anymore,” Crawford said. “I’m just excited to be back on the ice and back with the boys.”

Crawford’s enjoyed relatively good health in his short time as a pro. So missing even a week was tough.

“That was the fist time I really missed something, except for a slight groin pull in training camp (a few seasons ago),” he said. “It’s definitely not fun sitting on the sidelines. Want to be on the ice playing. But I’m excited to come back.”

Crawford was playing very well before his injury. Coming off a rough sophomore season, Crawford silenced his critics, jumping out to a 7-0-3 record with a 1.65 goals-against average. His game against the Ducks, the one in which he may have been hurt, was another strong performance despite the shootout loss. Now it’s a matter of regaining that game in its entirety.

“It’s hard to say. Timing was a little bit off, nothing crazy (today). But I felt really good,” Crawford said. “I saw the puck well and was moving well, but the timing was a bit off. I’m sure I’ll be able to pick that up with a couple of practices.”

Player report

Ray Emery missed Thursday’s practice due to a “family commitment,” according to Quenneville; he gets the start tomorrow night.

Brent Seabrook (lower body) returned to practice on Thursday after missing Tuesday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. Quenneville expects him to play Friday against San Jose.