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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford plans to play, didnt consider retirement

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford plans to play, didnt consider retirement
Published On: Mon, Feb 11
May 21, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) and defenseman Duncan Keith (2) and Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) watch as the puck deflected by left wing Patrick Maroon (not pictured) goes in for a goal during the first period in game three of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford left no ambiguity: He plans to play again as soon as possible.

He addressed his concussion today for the first time after going through a full practice with the Hawks and said he felt a€œback to normal.a€ He has been out nearly two months since a collision at the net sidelined him, but has been training with the staff and has no restrictions on practicing.

Crawford said he wasna€™t scared about playing after suffering concussions in two straight seasons and did not consider retirement when he went down in December.

a€œNot at all,a€ he said. a€œI was gonna come back as soon as I felt 100 percent. Ia€™m not worried about that. It is what it is. Some guys have to deal with other injuries. Ita€™s just what I had to deal with. But I feel good, I feel ready and wea€™re just gonna work our way back to getting in the lineup.a€

Neither Crawford nor Hawks coach Jeremy Colliton have mentioned a timeline for his return. He is not traveling with the team today for Tuesdaya€™s game at the Bruins.

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