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Corey Crawford’s confidence boosted by strong game against Kings

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford

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Updated: December 29, 2011 8:12AM

Corey Crawford admitted that things were starting to get to him. Even in victories, he was seeing too many goals slip behind him — including some on shots he knows he should save — and he was beginning to dwell on it.

So he needed a game like his 26-save performance in the Blackhawks’ 2-1 victory Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings. It helped restore some confidence.

“I haven’t been getting the results that I wanted. I feel like I need to give a little bit more,” Crawford said.

“I just felt like I was giving up a lot of goals. Maybe I was just letting it get to me. The team has been playing well the last three games. We’re giving up less chances. It’s definitely a factor.”

The best thing about Crawford’s victory is that he allowed another tough goal to Kings forward Jarret Stoll on an odd fluttering shot, but then shut them out after that. He played big and kept out second chances.

“He needed to be strong,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “They were around the net. They crashed the net for second opportunities. They seemed to find pucks. He was very quick, very sharp.”

Looking back

In hindsight, was getting routed by the Edmonton Oilers 9-2 the wake-up call the Hawks needed to get some players going and their checking game back on track?

“You don’t want to go through that again, but certainly you learn from that,” Quenneville said. “There are certain ways you can get guys’ attention — none better than that way, but I don’t recommend it.”

Winning two straight to finish .500 on the six-game trip is definitely a morale-booster, too.

“We know how good we can be if we go out there and work,” center Jonathan Toews said. “But without that work ethic and without sticking to our game plan and playing the way we expect each other to play, there’s not much there.”

Oh, Danny boy

Quenneville expects Daniel Carcillo to respond after being a healthy scratch for the first time Saturday. John Scott was moved to the fourth line in Los Angeles.

“I thought [Carcillo] had a great start,” Quenneville said. “He hasn’t been at that same pace, but he’s still going to be a big part of this team. He’s competitive.”

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