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Crawford to start vs. Calgary Flames on Monday

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CALGARY, Alberta -- It's been almost two weeks since Corey Crawford last played. But the rookie will be in the Blackhawks' net Monday against the Calgary Flames.

"We have a lot confidence in him," coach Joel Quenneville said. "He deserves a chance to play. ... He had one game over a long stretch that wasn't great."

That one game would be the Hawks' 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild just before the All-Star break, where Crawford allowed four goals on 22 shots. Crawford was critical of himself after that loss.

Marty Turco got the nod in the Hawks' first two games after the break. Turco won a wild one against the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-4 in the first game, and then lost another wild one to the Vancouver Canucks 4-3.

Are there any concerns that the two-week layoff will affect Crawford, who took hold of the No. 1 job in November?

"He had a stretch like that earlier on in the year, and he came right back in the net and played very well," Quenneville said.

Crawford is 16-10-2 with a 2.19 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

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