Corey Crawford ‘fine,’ backs up Ray Emery
BY MARK LAZERUS email@example.com March 1, 2013 11:30PM
Updated: April 3, 2013 6:16AM
Corey Crawford gave his teammates and Blackhawks fans quite a scare when he stumbled out of the crease and skated to the tunnel hunched over after the first period Thursday night in St. Louis. Ray Emery came in and completed the 3-0 shutout of the Blues.
But Crawford was back on the ice at the United Center on Friday morning, and he dressed as Emery’s backup as the Hawks hosted the Blue Jackets.
“Corey’s fine,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
Quenneville declined to specify what was ailing Crawford, though he did say it wasn’t related to the upper-body injury that sidelined him for four games in February. But whatever it was, it didn’t last long.
“He got through it,” Quenneville said. “He didn’t seem too bad after the game. He was fine this morning. He’s good.”
Emery earned the NHL’s third star of the month for going 7-0-0 with a 1.66 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage.
No Plan C
Had Emery been injured after replacing Crawford in St. Louis, Quenneville said he didn’t quite know what he’d do. The NHL rulebook stipulates that a team can play “any available goalkeeper who is eligible” in such a situation.
“I don’t know — maybe me?” Quenneville said. “I don’t know, Kitch [assistant Mike Kitchen]? I’m not sure. We never have come up with that plan yet. Hopefully, we don’t need that plan. I haven’t seen that plan since I’ve been in the league. I’ve seen a lot of games, haven’t been able to see it. It’s a good question. Maybe we’ll have to discuss that one day in case you do need a Plan B or C. I guess that’d be C.”
Center Dave Bolland (upper-body) skated again Friday morning. He missed his fourth consecutive game Friday night.
“Bolly skated very well today, did a real nice job,” Quenneville said. “Making progress. He’s real close.”