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Corey Crawford has been ‘awesome’

Jun 3, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 2: Goalie Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save in Game Two of the Western Conference Final against the Los Angeles Kings during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on June 02, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Before this season began, Chicago was frequently mentioned as a possible destination for Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo because, after all, what the Blackhawks need more than anything is a goaltender.

That sentiment actually wan’t unfounded given Corey Crawford‘s rough sophomore campaign, but even after he posted a 1.94 GAA and .926 save percentage in the 2013 regular season, there were still plenty of people that doubted his abilities.

It’s only after he played a key role in Chicago overcoming a 3-1 deficit against the Detroit Red Wings and outdueled Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick through two games in the Western Conference finals that the 28-year-old netminder’s recent accomplishments are getting recognized.

“Yeah, he’s awesome,” Chicago’s Patrick Sharp, who has been pretty good himself, said of Crawford. “Been answering questions all year about Corey, if he’s the No. 1 guy, if he can do it. Said the same answer all along. There’s no question in our locker room.

“He’s the guy we want in net back there. He’s proven it in the past. It’s nice to see him finally get the credit that he deserves.”

Just to put some numbers on what Crawford has done in the playoffs, his 1.67 GAA is the best out of anyone who has gotten at least one start in the postseason and his .938 is only a sliver behind Quick’s.

“I feel like I’ve been pretty strong, pretty consistent this year,” Crawford said after Game 2. “I’ve taken pride in that this year, to have the same game every night, give our guys a chance.

“With a team like this, you know, we have such a great offense, just give our guys a chance and make sure it stays within a goal or two, and we’re in good shape.”

The Blackhawks certainly are in good shape right now, and it’s not just because of their potent offense.

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  1. micklethepickle - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Can’t argue with this. That charging save he made last night was pretty incredible.

  2. lopo - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    I think a team like the Kings makes Crawford look good. Also, you have to give credit to the defense in front of him. He looked pretty vulnerable in the Wings series and they definitely have a different type of offense than the Kings.

    • micklethepickle - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      I didn’t watch a lot of CHI in the regular season. I think your comment just shows that in the NHL match ups are incredibly important (hence why WAS spanked the Bruins but collapsed against NYR… who then got absolutely dominated by BOS).

    • madhouseonmadison - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      It honestly cracks me up when you read folks post things that they absolutely have no clue what they’re talking about. Corey Crawford:

      - In the Regular Season was third in the entire NHL in GAA.
      - In the Regular Season was fifth in SV %.

      In the postseason, Corey Crawford:
      - Is first in GAA
      - Second in SV %

      In the Detroit series he had a .929 SV% and a 1.99 GAA against Detroit.

      Just a suggestion: When you post, know what you’re talking about.

      • lopo - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        If you want to talk about stats, sure, I’m talking about actual play. Again, the defense in front of him has a lot more to do with those stats than him. Get some traffic in front of him and he gets very questionable.

  3. se7enbladez - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Yea his defense has made all those saves. He looks terrible about the last five games. Emery should be in right now. Tired of this Crawford guy. People are too funny.

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