Quenneville, Blackhawks remain quiet on Crawford's return

  • There is still no timetable available from the Chicago Blackhawks on the return of goaltender Corey Crawford.

    There is still no timetable available from the Chicago Blackhawks on the return of goaltender Corey Crawford. Associated Press

Updated 1/15/2018 2:13 PM

Updates about Corey Crawford's injury -- how and when it happened, and how long he'll be out -- have been nonexistent since the Blackhawks goaltender went on injured reserve on Dec. 27.

Whatever head coach Joel Quenneville knows, he's not telling, and when asked Sunday if he has communicated with Crawford lately, the coach said: "It's been quiet right now."


Quenneville has repeatedly indicated that Crawford is out "indefinitely" but also insists the netminder is not out for the season. Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass have played relatively well in Crawford's stead, allowing 3 or fewer goals in seven of 10 starts.

Asked what his reaction was when he learned Crawford was injured, Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said: "We're always concerned about our teammates first, and then our team second. Crow knows he's trying to get better. He's one of those guys that we know we can rely upon as a person, as a teammate. …

"He'll do what he can to get himself better, so he can get back to playing and get back and help our team."

Help wanted:

When the Blackhawks return from their off week, there will be 37 games left in the NHL regular season. If there's one thing coach Joel Quenneville would like the Hawks to do better, it's managing the puck.

"When we did give it away we had no chance of getting it back," Quenneville said after his team's 4-0 loss to Detroit on Sunday. "That was evident today. Then you can't even arrive close to where it could be a tie.

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"A lot of these pucks, we can put it where we'll be there first. It's almost like an indirect pass -- catch up to it."

Slap shots:

The Hawks honored Eric Daze with their One More Shift promotion before Sunday's game. Daze, who scored 226 goals in 601 games with the Hawks, was joined by his son Derek for the national anthem on the Hawks' blue line. … The Hawks attempted 67 shots against the Red Wings, but had 26 blocked. Opponents have blocked 53 shots in the past two games. … Detroit's shutout was just its second this season.

He said it:

"I remember the time I did it -- you have a power play, you're all excited -- and then the puck goes into the net. It takes the wind out of your sails. Good play by Forsling to catch up to that."

Patrick Kane on his "own goal" on Jan. 12, 2014 against Edmonton; and Gustav Forsling catching up to the puck Friday in win over Winnipeg.

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