Blackhawks to start Corey Crawford in goal for Game 1 against Wild

Monday April 27th, 2015

Corey Crawford will be the starting goaltender for Game 1 of the Chicago Blackhawks' Western Conference Semifinals series against the Minnesota Wild.

Crawford was replaced by Scott Darling in Game 1 of Chicago's first-round series against the Nashville Predators after allowing three goals in the first 12 shots he faced. Darling started Game 3 of that series after Crawford yielded six goals in Game 2. After sitting out three games, Crawford played in Game 6. He stopped all 13 shots he faced to help the Blackhawks pull out a 4-3 win.

On Monday, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said his team will begin the series against Minnesota with Crawford in net. 

"It's his net and let's go," Quenneville said, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.​

Crawford was asked about being benched against Nashville. "I think I've answered enough questions about that. It's done. It's done. We're moving on," Crawford said.

Crawford, 30, is in his eighth season with the Blackhawks. He was selected for the NHL All-Star Game this season and helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup in 2013.

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