Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had been dealing with upper-body and head injuries suffered on March 17. However, he has been cleared to return to the ice.
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Crawford Active vs. Blue Jackets
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Quenneville Comments on Crawford's Status for Postseason
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Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told reporters that Crawford is "absolutely" the starter for Game 1 of the postseason.
Crawford Essential to Blackhawks' Title Hopes
He's endured criticism from fans in the Windy City with sky-high expectations, but Crawford has stood tall enough between the pipes to help Chicago to two Stanley Cup triumphs in three years.
A foot injury suffered in December 2014 caused Crawford to miss time last season, but the 31-year-old returned in time for the team's latest Stanley Cup run. The hope is he can do something similar in this instance, because Crawford has been such a vital part of the Blackhawks' recent tradition of excellence.
He has been solid in 2015-16 as well.