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Crawford credits new pregame routine for improved play

Jan 23, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

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So far, so good for Corey Crawford – after two starts, Chicago’s biggest question mark heading into the 2013 season is undefeated with a .927 save percentage.

Still early, you say? You’re right, but hey, if they’re already panicking about the goaltending in places like Vancouver and Philadelphia, why can’t Blackhawks fans quietly revel about Crawford’s performance?

Yesterday, the 28-year-old stopped 32 of 34 St. Louis shots as the ‘Hawks hung on to beat the Blues, 3-2.

How does Crawford explain his improved play?

Well, one thing that’s changed is his pre-game routine.

“Before I was playing a little bit of soccer, now I’m just going into my corner and stretching, doing a lot more before a game,” Crawford said, per CSNChicago.com. “After our meetings, whether it be in the gym or something, I’ll relax and stretch out and get ready that way mentally by myself.”

The Blackhawks will go for their fourth straight win Thursday in Dallas.

Related: Crawford seeking redemption

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