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Crawford stumbles in Hawks' loss

DENVER -- Brilliant at times this season, Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford sighed recollecting each of the five goals that slid by him in Friday’s 6-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

“There (were) quite a few,” Crawford said. “More than I care to remember.”

The fifth-year veteran (11-1-3) gave up only one goal in the first period before the wheels came off in a second period that saw four unanswered goals by the lowly Avalanche, who are currently 13th in the Western Confernce. And Crawford was benched for the third period.

The scoring frenzy started early in the second period when Matt Duchene and John Mitchell scored back-to-back goals in 33 seconds to give the Avs a 3-1 advantage, before two more sailed in to close the period.

“It was one after another,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Right off the bat in the second they go up two and then go from there.”

Crawford put the loss on himself.

“You can’t win too often when you give up five goals,” Crawford said. “What else can you say?”

Crawford faced 19 shots before Ray Emery relieved him in the third and gave up one goal on 12 shots.

In the month of February, Crawford gave up only six goals in the five-plus games.