Corey Crawford took to the Johnny’s IceHouse ice with gleaming new white pads and gloves on Saturday, the first time he’s had the white equipment since his previous set was stolen at Soldier Field last weekend.
As for what happened to those stolen pads?
“Don’t really care,” the goaltender said following Saturday’s practice before the Chicago Blackhawks departed for Buffalo, where they played the Sabres on Sunday. You can’t blame him, really; what started out as a bizarre, odd and even amusing story has officially run its course. And Crawford, for one, is just ready to get on with it with his new equipment.
Crawford said the breaking-in part shouldn’t be too difficult – “a practice and a morning skate and I’m good to go,” he said. He should be used to this by now. He had to make quick adjustments to the black pads and gloves he wore the past three games, including the Stadium Series victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Thus ends one of the strangest stories to come out of any hockey locker room in a while. Crawford is putting the equipment theft in the past. Much like our clocks at 2 a.m. Sunday, Crawford is springing forward.