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Emery gets the nod over Crawford tonight for Blackhawks

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Following Friday's streak-busting 6-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford -- who was pulled after yielding four second-period goals -- talked about putting the loss in the past.

"It's over," he said. "Just move on to the next game."

Well, Crawford will have to wait a little longer than his teammates to do so. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville started Ray Emery in net Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.

Emery made 17 saves on 19 shots against the Oilers on Feb. 25.

"Both goalies have been very good, so I think there's a good argument for either guy," Quenneville said before Sunday's game. "Ray played well against these guys the other day. The consistency of our goaltending has been very important to where we're at today. [Crawford] is going to get back in there soon. We won't see him sitting too long."

The Hawks' next game isn't until Thursday in Columbus, meaning Crawford will have nearly a full week to stew on the Avalanche loss. It was hardly all Crawford''s fault -- from defense to face-offs to goaltending, everyone can shoulder some of the blame for that one -- but Crawford, who has been so good all season, briefly leading the league in goals-against average, pointed the finger at himself after the game.

"Giving up five goals, six goals, it's definitely hard to win when you give up that much," he said. "I just didn't have it. I didn't give our guys a chance. I've got to be better than that."

Crawford is 11-1-3 with a 1.81 GAA and a .930 save percentage. Emery entered the Oilers game an NHL-record 10-0-0 (not counting his two-period "save" in a combined shutout with Crawford in St. Louis) with a 2.05 GAA and .924 save percentage.

"Both guys got good consideration to play tonight," Quenneville said. "That's all part of it. I thought Ray came in and did a nice job later in that [Colorado] game. I'm very comfortable no matter who's in the net."

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Mark Lazerus was honored nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors for three straight years at the Post-Tribune, was named one of the top three columnists in Indiana for three straight years and has won more than 20 statewide writing awards. He has covered Notre Dame for Sun-Times Media, and now covers the Blackhawks.

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