Corey Crawford has had a very good history versus the Pittsburgh Penguins during his career. Crawford picked up his second win of the season over Sidney Crosby and company on Saturday night to improve his all-time record to 8-1-0, but there was a few moments when that win was in doubt.
About nine minutes into the second period, Blackhawks fans received a major scare when Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin made contact with Crawford’s head as he skated hard past the crease. Crawford was examined by the medical staff and left the ice for a few moments before returning to the game.
After the game, Crawford told reporters that he felt fine and came off the ice just as a precaution.
This would not be the last time Crawford would be hit by a Penguins player. Late in the third period, it had appeared that Pittsburgh tied the game, but there was obvious contact between Crawford and defenseman Olli Maatta. Head coach Joel Quenneville challenged the play for goaltender interference and after a quick review, the goal was taken off the board.