Crawford yielded four goals on 25 shots and was lifted early in the third period of Saturday's game against the Panthers. Crawford has been a bit erratic lately, allowing three or more goals in four of his past nine appearances, but many of the goals allowed in this one were not necessarily his fault. The defense had a terrible game and some of the blame certainly falls at their feet. Either way, it's an 'L', and an ugly one, for Crawford.
Crawford will get the road start against the Panthers on Saturday. Crawford has a 2.52 GAA and a .920 save percentage on the season, and the Blackhawks are 23-11-1 on the road. Meanwhile, the Panthers are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games, so this game is looking pretty good for Crawford despite this start coming away from Chicago.
Crawford turned aside 42 of 44 shots through overtime and two of three shootout attempts in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Stars. While Crawford allowed four goals on 10 shots before being pulled against the Canucks in his last outing, the veteran goalie's play here more closely resembled the form he showed in winning each of his three starts before that. Ales Hemsky was a thorn in Crawford's side all night with both Dallas goals, but it was Crawford who got the last laugh when he denied Hemsky in the third round of the shootout to seal the victory. He has made 40 or more stops three times in his past five appearances after facing fewer than 40 shots in each of his first 44.
Crawford will start between the pipes in Thursday's home game against the Stars, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports. Crawford was terrible in his last start Tuesday against Vancouver, surrendering four goals on 10 shots before being yanked in the third period. The 32-year-old netminder will look to shake off that rough outing and pick up his 30th win of the season in a favorable home matchup with a Stars club that's 10-21-4 on the road this season.
Crawford was pulled 2:15 into the third period Tuesday against the Canucks after allowing four goals on 10 shots. Crawford spent most of his time on the ice watching his offense pelt pucks at counterpart Ryan Miller, but was unable to stay sharp when called upon. The Blackhawks scored three unanswered goals to tie the game after backup Scott Darling came in, but conceded one in overtime to fall 5-4 despite holding a 44-15 advantage in shots. This poor performance came out of nowhere for Crawford, who entered the night on a three-game winning streak.
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