Quenneville downplays Blackhawks goalie controversy

Tribune reporter

Coach Joel Quenneville won't call the developing situation with the Chicago Blackhawks' goaltenders a controversy.

Quenneville said after Wednesday's practice that backup Ray Emery will make his second start in three games -- and his third consecutive appearance -- when the Hawks face the New York Islanders on Thursday night in Long Island.

"I don't call this a goalie controversy at all," Quenneville said of giving Emery the call rather than No. 1 netminder Corey Crawford. "If you look at all the teams in the league, every goalie that wasn't a starter gets a chance to get a couple of games in a row and sometimes even more. In the course of the season you're going to see some things where the other guy gets multiple starts."

Emery was solid with a 23-save performance during the win over the Blues and came in in relief against the Coyotes after Crawford yielded three goals in just over one period and played well.

"Emery's coming off two real solid games for us," Quenneville said. "He had a good game in St. Louis (on Saturday) and did a good job for us against Phoenix (on Monday). "He deserves a chance to get back in there."

Crawford is 12-7-2 with a 3.00 goals-against average and .896 save percentage while Emery is 4-1-2 with a 2.93 goals-against and .890 save percentage.


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