Corey Crawford gets another start

Updated: November 28, 2010, 1:13 AM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks don't have a goalie controversy on their hands yet, but if Corey Crawford keeps playing and winning, they might soon.

Crawford started in goal against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, making 21 saves en route to a 2-1 win. That performance came the day after he beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-1.

"I'll take as many starts as I can get," Crawford said after Saturday morning's practice at the Staples Center. "I felt pretty good last game and I was lucky enough to get another start so I'll take it as a positive and get ready."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville made the announcement after discussing it with his staff.

"After yesterday's game, he deserved to get right back in there," Quenneville said. "It shows we think he can be a top goalie in our league and hopefully he can take advantage of it."

Crawford has three of the four wins the Hawks have earned on their current six-game road trip, and he's won his last four starts. The Hawks' No. 1 goalie, Marty Turco, shut out Edmonton last week to begin the trip, but gave up seven goals in a loss to Calgary and four more in a defeat to San Jose.

Quenneville isn't looking too far in the future, but he likes what he sees right now in Crawford.

"He played well last game and he's coming off a couple of wins here, so we'll give him a chance to play back-to-back games and show a little confidence in him as well," Quenneville said.

Turco is 8-7-2 with a 2.90 GAA while Crawford is 5-4 with a 2.39. Crawford's save percentage is .916, while Turco's is .904.

Forward Fernando Pisani missed Saturday's contest with an upper body injury. John Scott took his place in the lineup.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com.

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