GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville didn't think twice about starting goalie Corey Crawford in a do-or-die Game 5 against the Phoenix Coyotes. He just didn't want to announce it a day beforehand.
Questions were raised about Crawford starting in Game 5 after he allowed allowing soft game-winning goals in Games 3 and 4. But Quenneville said that Crawford is "absolutely" their guy.
"We're very comfortable with [him playing]," Quenneville said. "I didn't think about [changing it]. I just didn't announce."
Crawford is 1-3 this series with a 2.64 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.
"I've had a tough couple of sleeps, but I've just got to get over it, and that's what I've done," Crawford said Saturday. "We've got a game to play. They haven't won the series. Nothing is over. I'm just ready to play. We just have to win this first one.
"It feels nice to have the coach come back to you have two tough ones like that, but I'm not thinking about them. The first shot right now is what's on my mind."