Veteran Ray Emery was slated to make his fourth start of the season Friday night against the San Jose Sharks, and Henrik Karlsson was set to back him after he was promoted from Rockford in the American Hockey League.
Crawford had 31 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim on Tuesday. He is 7-0-3 on the season with a 1.65 goals-against average.
Karlsson has appeared in 26 career NHL games, all with Calgary over the past two seasons. He has a 2.79 goals-against average.
It's not always going to be pretty, especially against a great goalie [Lundqvist] like that. My goals are never how you draw them up. It's just a matter of grinding it out and trying to create havoc in front and good things happen.
— Capitals forward Jay Beagle on scoring in their Game 3 victory against the Rangers on Monday