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Corey Crawford is fulfilling his dream

Jun 10, 2013, 8:04 AM EDT

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The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks have both claimed the Stanley Cup in the last few years, so making it all the way to the finals is something many players on both teams have experienced before.

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is different. He played in just one game in the 2009-10 campaign and Antti Niemi was the netminder that led the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup. Now it’s Crawford’s chance to show that he can be the guy that helps carry his team to a championship.

“I dreamed about it my whole life,” Crawford told CSN Chicago. “Worked hard, so it’s nice to finally get there after all the work. But there’s still a lot to do so we’ve got to be ready.”

Although Crawford has been consistently doubted since before the season began, he stepped up in the regular season and has a 1.74 GAA and .935 save percentage in the playoffs. He held his own in the Western Conference finals against the far more highly regarded, not to mention 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.

“You’ve got to commend him on how he’s played all year long. The consistency, his approach where he just moves forward to see the next situation, the next shot; he’s unflappable in that area,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “He’s moved us along here and guys have responded in front of him. But Corey has been rock solid.”

If nothing else, this year’s proven that the Blackhawks are capable of winning with Crawford between the pipes, but the Boston Bruins, fresh off their sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins, look like Chicago’s greatest challenge thus far.

  1. pudgalvin - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Does anyone else kinda like that they haven’t played yet this season? I have no idea what to expect in game one.

    • chicagobtech - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      I like it, but I also don’t. I think it’s interesting to try once, but I would not recommend playing only teams from your conference.

      • pudgalvin - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        Yeah, I’m not saying they should do it every year, but it adds a little something this year.

  2. kareneustace - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    I think it is great to see where Corey Crawford is today. I was there in Moncton when he was the goalie for the Moncton WildCats and led them to a Presidents Cup and onto the Memorial Cup. He has worked hard and he definately deserves it.

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    If I’m the B’s I start by throwing a lot of pucks at his feet. He doesn’t control the puck well in a scramble when the puck is low. The rest of his game seems solid.

    • cmcdermottsite - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      valoisjoeybfeld69 you are correct. We were hoping the B’s wouldn’t notice:)

    • chicagobtech - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      While Crawford may give up the rebounds, the five guys in front of him usually do a great job at getting those loose pucks away from the net. Might not work out too well for Boston.

  4. borgsng - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Go Blackhawks

  5. crusty14 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    You’re right chicagogtech , the d has done a decent job of clearing the rebounds, but the more he gives up, the more chances to pot the rebounds! I don’t see how this ” might mot work well for Boston” ? What should they do? Just shoot and hope for the best?

    While I didn’t watch all of the chi-la series , I did see plenty of it…. It seemed like in game 7 Crawford had some trouble catching the puck, is this a normal thing? The CBC announcers were commenting on it as well.

    • adambballn - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      I watched every Chicago game this season, except maybe one of the Columbus games… He definitely gives up a lot of rebounds, that is normal, but despite that the Hawks won the Jennings Trophy. The Hawks defense is stacked from top to bottom and they do an excellent job making sure no one is in position to make a play on those rebounds. For as much as people like to talk about the Hawks potent offense, and it is potent, they fail to mention that Chicago also gave up the least amount of goals in the NHL in the regular season.

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