Corey Crawford answers questions in a deliberate, clear manner that never leaves you wondering the point he is trying to get across.
That was never more clear a day after Tuesday’s 8-3 loss to the Golden Knights.
“We got our ass kicked on home ice,” said Crawford, who gave up six goals on 30 shots before getting pulled after two periods. “That was brutal. That was terrible. Try and sugarcoat it with whatever you want, that was awful.”
After previously allowing just two goals over three games, Crawford has given up 14 goals in eight periods during losses to the Capitals, Lightning and Golden Knights. His goals-against-average has ballooned to 2.98, which would be a career worst if the season ended today.
Like his teammates, Crawford doesn’t have answers for why the Hawks are starting so slow. He just knows they have to be better.
“Giving up too many goals too early the last few games and not going to win hockey games like that,” Crawford said. “Simple as that. Too much to ask your guys to score that many goals just to get back in the game. Not good enough. Period.”
Wing man: Hawks coach Jeremy Colliton put Artem Anisimov on the wing against the Golden Knights but said he may move him back to center for Wednesday’s game against the Jets.
“I thought moving him to wing might be a way to keep him in the top nine,” Colliton said. “For me, depth is good. Competition is good. We can move guys around according to how they perform. We’ll continue to tinker until we find what we think can help us.”
One-timers: The Hawks are an NHL-worst 9-for-73 (12.3 percent) on the power play after failing on two chances against the Golden Knights. During November they've been even worse, going 3-for-30 (10 percent). ... Defenseman Henri Jokiharju, who missed Tuesday's game, did not practice Wednesday but will be in Winnipeg for the start of the Hawks' two-game trip. Defenseman Connor Murphy did not make the trip but participated in practice for a second straight day.