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On the record: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford talks about his struggles

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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford knows he can be better. He knows his 3.00 goals-against average and .896 save percentage aren't up to par.

Here's what Crawford, who will take a backseat to Ray Emery Thursday against the New York Islanders, had to say about his play:

On getting pulled against the Coyotes: "It's not very fun. It was frustrating. It seems like it's just been up and down. Every second game seems to be a rough one for me. I'm just trying to work hard and battle through it. That's the only way I see getting out of it."

On seeing his team rally against the Coyotes: "That happens from time to time. You know teams get that when you change goalies like that. It was good that we got a point out of that. It would have been nice to come back and get a win, but it was huge point for us."

On needing to have few strong games in a row: "I think that's what's expected is to be consistent, to give your team a chance every night. That's my goal is to be solid every night and keep us in the game every night."

On whether he's thinking too much about his struggles: "I'm not really thinking about that during the game. I'm focused on the play. I'm focused on the puck. That other stuff doesn't really to mind."

On whether coach Joel Quenneville has spoken to him: "I haven't really talked to Joel that much. I think he's left it to [goalie coach] Steph [Waite] to work with me and talk to me about that stuff. He knows he has confidence in Steph to work with us as goalies. That's his job."

Whether there is one thing he needs to work on: "Technically, I think things have been pretty fine. I think I've been pretty good technically. It seems like I'm not making big saves night in and night out. There's a couple goals that are getting by me, instead of making those big saves."

Whether he's a guy who dwells on things too much: "I don't get too worried about it. You get a little frustrated, and you get pissed off sometimes, but it doesn't carry over to where I lose confidence and it affects my game completely."

On goalies getting more blame than other players: "Sometimes you're going to have to make saves. No team is perfect. When you go through stretches when you're playing more solid than usual, but it's pretty known you're going to have to make some big saves here and there."

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Sophomore jinx.

Corey Crawford is poor at best. He's concentration is very poor and he is more lucky than good. He prob lost 10 games with his bad job. His playoff tending is very bad, easy goals that are let passed him. Chicago fans should hear what other cities papers say about the goal tending. They need a new goalie!!!!

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