- Chicago Blackhawks
- Corey Crawford: “Brutal”
Corey Crawford called it “brutal,” and he couldn’t have been more accurate.
Unfortunately, he was referring to the game-winning goal he allowed Tuesday night, not the savage hit on Marian Hossa.
Crawford has to thank Phoenix’s Raffi Torres for taking the brunt of the punishment following the Coyotes’ 3-2 overtime win over the Blackhawks in the third game of their NHL Stanley Cup playoff series. Torres flattened Hossa with a blindside shoulder to the head, flying off his skates to deliver the blow, but for most of the game—even after Hossa was carted off on a stretcher—it only served to steel the Hawks’ sense of purpose.
Even Crawford got into it, exchanging words with his goalie counterpart, Mike Smith, as they skated off the ice at the end of the second period.
Yet that only made it worse when Crawford allowed a very soft goal in overtime on an extreme-angle shot by Mikkel Boedker that pretty much traced the goal line across the ice before it deflected off Crawford and into the net before he could get his stick down.