Crawford tells media to chill

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:56 PM ET


 VANCOUVER -- Looking to provide a bit of levity, Vancouver head coach Marc Crawford found his chance right away in yesterday's morning media session.

 Asked about all the question marks surrounding his team heading into last night's Game 5, Crawford replied: "Yeah, I was meaning to talk to you all about that. Could you lighten up just a touch?"

 In this city, not possible.

 Listen to the chatter along coffee row, on the radio or watch TV and the concerns come fast and furious.

 There's a goalie dilemma. The lack of scoring depth. And those pesky Flames haven't rolled over and handed over the playoff series.

 It's added up to great consternation on the West Coast.

 "We know that's part of being in this very hockey savvy market," Crawford said. "You're going to get lots of questions and you're going to get lots of scrutiny.

 "You get very positive things said about you when things are going well. It can tend to be a little on the negative side when things aren't going well and that's part and parcel of what this creature is in the Lower Mainland market ... It's nothing new to our players. They've been dealing with it quite well."


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