After a game in which Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford played remarkably well and in all likelihood prevented the Minnesota Wild from absolutely kicking the shit out Chicago by a score of 7-2 or something in that range Corey, again, is the blame by many NHL fans and media.
Why not blame the goalie? It’s the easiest thing to do, right?
Give me a &*^$&@^ break.
People saying it doesn’t matter what Crawford did through the first 60 minutes of the game last night, think again. Sure, the end result is still a loss but to take anything away from Corey’s spectacular performance is an asinine thing to say. The whole point is that Crawford gave the Blackhawks a chance to win even when the Hawks were thoroughly outplayed.
Here are just a couple examples of what “knowledgeable” goalie fans had to say about Crawford via Tracy Myers Twitter.
OK, thanks for the life lesson, Chris.
Phil, you’re a good guy but “paper Mache goal”? I’m thinking that beer may have affected your goalie analysis just a bit. But that’s just my opinion.
OK, everyone is entitled to their opinions but I just happen to disagree with a few of them and I do realize you’re all dedicated Hawks fans but let me bring you a different perspective on this one goal.
Here is the video.
Now, prior to the goal I’m going to bet most of you were yelling something like this “OMGZ COME ON GUYS GET THE PUCK OUT” and then followed up by a “FML CRAWFORD YOU SUCK”.
Start at the 49 second mark and let it play; use the pause as often as you wish. So from: 49 To: 55 you see five Hawks players scrambling around being dominated by three, yes THREE Minnesota Wild players. This went on prior to this point for a good amount of time, too. (Clearly Crawford’s fault at this point…)
At: 54 seconds Crawford does what all goalies do nowadays and that is get the pad down to cover any type of wrap around or some little piddly shot that may trickle close to the post. PLEASE LOOK AT THE BLOG PHOTO AT THE TOP. SAME STYLE AND CRAWFORD MADE THE SAVE ON THIS ONE.
Please take note of Stalberg as at this point he is in front of Zucker. Zucker moves in front of Stalberg after Vik took a quick glimpse at Jason and lets him glide past him as Stally was watching the puck. Crawford at this point was still looking for the loose puck. Ever try looking through a mask trying to locate a puck behind the net? It is not easy.
The puck then caroms off the board directly to Zucker (yes the guy Stalberg let go freely) and Zucker snipes the shot over top of Crawford’s shoulder. All of this happened in a split second.
So tell me, after this mini analysis do you still blame Crawford? If you do, well, OK then.
But to me it is the five Hawks chasing 3 Wild players around and a Mr. Stalberg not tying up the eventual winning goal scorer. (This was one hell of a shot by the way).
I understand most of you know I’m a goalie and perhaps assume I’m protecting Crawford, well, I am in this case and I’ve called him out before on weak goals.
Know this though, every single other goalie in the NHL has let in weak goals and If I were a betting man I’d bet they’ve let in just as many or more than Corey has this year. Corey Crawford has been one of, if not, the best goalie in the NHL this season.
One last thing, goalies will often admit after a game if they should have stopped a certain shot (much like Schneider did last night saying he whiffed on the puck). Corey Crawford did not and why you ask? Because it wasn’t his fault.
Thanks for reading,