Joel Quenneville isn’t worried about Corey Crawford
By Adam L. Jahns email@example.com December 11, 2011 10:46PM
Sharks winger Jamie McGinn beats Hawks goalie Ray Emery in the first period. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: January 13, 2012 8:19AM
All Corey Crawford could do was watch from the bench and work hard in practice as veteran Ray Emery took over in goal the last two games. Crawford, though, is keeping a positive attitude.
“I’m fine,” Crawford said. “I’ll just be hungry for the next time I get into the net.”
There’s no telling exactly when that will be with Emery playing so well for the Hawks, including a stellar 35-save performance in a 3-2 overtime victory Sunday against the San Jose Sharks.
Crawford, still considered the No. 1 goalie, said he hasn’t been working against any specific shot or situation at practice with goalie coach Stephane Waite.
“He’s got some little drills, but he’s not basing them on playing games,” Crawford said. “It’s just drills he does. . . . We get a lot of shots in practice. I’m not trying to do too much. I’m just waiting for the next shot, shot by shot and [going] from there.”
Coach Joel Quenneville laughed off the notion that there’s a goalie controversy brewing before the game.
“It’s a nice situation,” Quenneville said. “Ray has played well. . . . We’ll keep making decisions based on their play. But I think it’s a good situation when we have both guys playing well. Some nights, decisions are tough.”
Is he concerned at all about Crawford?
“I think he’s been fine,” Quenneville said. “He’s working on his game. He’s just waiting for his chance to get back into the net. I think his approach has been fine. We’ll measure a little bit more of that when he gets back in.”
Nothing will beat being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 19, but Ed Belfour is thrilled to have his own heritage night in Chicago when the Hawks host the Nashville Predators on March 25.
“It means a lot to me,” said Belfour, who manned the Hawks’ goal for parts of eight seasons in his 18-year career. “It’s always a great feeling to be remembered. There’s a lot of special memories here in Chicago. It brought back a lot of memories flying in here today, a lot of good memories and a lot of fun times.”
Belfour ranks second in team history with 35 victories in the playoffs. He also had a franchise-record 43 wins en route to winning the Calder Trophy and Vezina Trophy in 1991.
Winger Bryan Bickell was a healthy scratch for the fifth game in a row. Sean O’Donnell and John Scott also were scratched.
◆ Defenseman Brent Seabrook played in his 500th career game.