Corey Crawford didn't finish the last game he started and didn't start the Blackhawks' latest one but the goaltender is "fine," according to his coach.
After leaving Thursday night's game against the Blues following a strong first period with an unspecified upper-body injury, Crawford skated Friday morning before the Hawks' contest against the Blue Jackets at the United Center. The veteran then served as Ray Emery's backup in the game.
"(Crawford) didn't seem too bad after the game and he was fine (Friday) morning so he's good to go," coach Joel Quenneville said.
With the Hawks playing the second of back-to-back games, Emery had been scheduled to start against the Blue Jackets as Quenneville looks to make the most of two red-hot goalies.
"We have some good options knowing they're both playing well and you don't have to keep going with the same guy," he said.
Crawford is 9-0-3 with a 1.46 goals-against average and .943 save percentage as the starter this season and Emery entered Friday with an 8-0-1 mark and 1.92 goals-against and .931save percentage.
"Ray wants the net, he wants to play as well so it's a nice complement to one another," Quenneville said. "They're supportive in ways but they both want to play so it's a good situation."
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Chicago Tribune | Mar 2