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Crawford Allows Embarrassing Goal on a Dump-In

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:

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That’s not the way he was taught to play the puck in that situation!

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:

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:

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About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.