April 25, 2012
Crawford 'has to get better'
By QMI Agency
Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman put some of the blame for his team's failure this year on goaltender Corey Crawford.
Well, sort of.
Bowman told reporters in his end-of-season dissertation Wednesday that Crawford "has to get better" before going on to say he wouldn't blame the netminder for Chicago's second straight first-round exit.
"Our goaltending in general was not our strength this year," Bowman said. "I don't think it's fair to lay the blame on (Crawford). You win as a team and you lose as a team. We need to be stronger defensively and that includes our team commitment to defence, not simply the goaltender and not simply the defencemen. It's really a team concept."
Crawford got the bulk of the work this season, going 30-17-7 with a 2.72 goals-against average, but backup Ray Emery got into 34 games.