Crawford Back on His Game

The Chicago Blackhawks are back on the winning side, skating to a 4-1 finish over the Minnesota Wild in game 2 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Corey Crawford was back in the net as the starting goalie for both games against the Wild and performed like the pro that he is. Leading them to victory, Crawford made an astounding amount of saves, only allowing the puck across the line once.

In a startling slap shot to the head from Marco Scandella, Crawford appeared dazed and confused for a few moments in the third period. Pointing to the bench, the game was stopped as he made his way to the bench. While spectators wondered if backup goalie, Scott Darling, would once again relieve Crawford, the joint decision by Crawford and coaching staff to change masks and go back out on the ice amazed some viewers.

Anytime a player receives any blow that could result in a concussion, NHL protocol dictates that the player immediately be removed from the ice and evaluated. When asked about the decision to let Crawford resume play, Coach Quenneville simply stated that Crawford was fine after the shot and he was fine to play. The Hawks now lead the series 2-0 over the Minnesota Wild.

Thanks, Keith Mann  for getting me all caught up on the Wild (no pun intented) events of this game.