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Updated: February 25, 2012 8:22AM



Corey Crawford knows that the bouncing goal he allowed from center ice in the Blackhawks’ loss ­Saturday to the Nashville Predators doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

But coach Joel Quenneville continues to have confidence in him. Crawford will start when the Hawks host the Predators on Tuesday at the United Center.

“He’s fine,” Quenneville said. “I think everybody lets in a funny one over time. You’ve got to move past it and learn from it.”

Crawford’s sophomore season has had plenty of highs and lows. But getting pulled for the third time this season Saturday has to be the lowest. Defenseman Kevin Klein’s goal from center ice was on the NHL.com home page long ­after the Hawks arrived home from Nashville.

“I know it was in my mind a little bit after they scored that,” Crawford said. “I don’t know if other guys were still thinking about it, but it definitely kills any momentum or gives them some.

“It was some rough bounces, and they made some good plays, too. You want to come back strong and get a win after that.”

Crawford knows his season statistics — an 18-11-4 record, .902 save percentage and 2.88 goals-against average — aren’t exactly inspiring.

“I’m more worried about wins right now,” Crawford said. “Obviously, my stats aren’t as good as I want them to be. The only way to turn that around is to focus on the next shot and focus on winning games. I haven’t lost confidence at all.”



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