Flu-stricken Crawford not ready for net
BY Adam L. Jahns firstname.lastname@example.org
Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is close to shaking the flu bug he caught over Christmas but isn’t quite there. He’s still trying to regain his feel for shots and make it through a practice without being overly winded.
As a result, Marty Turco, who has been strong for the Hawks the last two games, will start his third consecutive game tonight against the San Jose Sharks.
Crawford had won three games in a row before coming down with the flu and was 8-2-1 in his last 11 starts. Personally, it was a bad time to get sick.
‘‘It’s brutal,’’ Crawford said Wednesday. ‘‘It is frustrating. But it happens. You go with it. I’ll try to get back as quick as I can.’’
Coach Joel Quenneville sounded confident that Crawford would be able to regain his winning touch despite missing time.
‘‘Consistency has been part of his game,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘When he gets back in the net, he’ll be fine. Turco is coming off an amazing game [in St. Louis]. . . . It’s nice when we have decisions like this.’’
Crawford said he lost some weight but regained it.
‘‘I got it back fairly quick,’’ he said. ‘‘I was able to drink a lot. I’m still having trouble eating a lot, but I should be fine in a couple days.’’
Defenseman Nick Boynton has taken a lot of heat recently, and he took full responsibility for his gaffe that led to the St. Louis Blues’ first goal Tuesday night.
‘‘I’d like to take it back,’’ Boynton said of his errant pass to no one in the defensive zone, which Vladimir Sobotka pounced on. ‘‘It happens. I was hearing a couple of things from other people, and I made a mistake.’’
Troy Brouwer and Niklas Hjalmarsson sat out practice Wednesday, but both will play tonight. Fernando Pisani is doubtful with an illness.