Crawford Allows Embarrassing Goal on a Dump-In
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks were already losing 3-1 to the Colorado Avalanche when disaster struck late in the third period.
Brad Stuart carried the puck to the centre red line and dumped it into the Blackhawks zone to initiate a line change. As he turned his back on the play, the puck bounced towards the goal, and Crawford played it very…very casually:
Talk about every goalie’s worst nightmare! Crawford realized his error immediately, and looked skyward. The goal would make it 4-1 for Colorado, a deficit that the Blackhawks would not recover from.
While talking to reporters after the game, he would quickly own up to his mistake:
Crawford on fourth goal: “No way I should ever play the puck like that. Close to the net, took a hop, just a stupid play on my part.”
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) February 21, 2015
Stuart didn’t even realize that he had scored until he reached the bench, then had to watch the replay on the scoreboard to see how it went in.
Less than two weeks ago Roberto Luongo also allowed a goal from the neutral zone, but his team ended up winning the game, so he was able to joke about it. Although the goal on Crawford didn’t cost the Blackhawks the game, it’s doubtful that he found any humour in it.
Here’s another angle, but it doesn’t get any easier to watch: