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Blackhawks rave about Corey Crawford

Jun 13, 2013, 1:41 AM EDT

The Boston Bruins put together some highlight reel-quality opportunities in two-plus overtime periods against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, but Corey Crawford was up to the task.

The 28-year-old netminder stopped 51 out of 54 shots in what was close to two games worth of play, with the Bruins getting chances like these:

Such strong play (and dangerous moments) prompted some serious praise from head coach Joel Quenneville.

“Crowe was great. He kept us in there,” Quenneville said. “He made several all-alone plays and saves. Had some odd-man breaks, some dangerous looks. He was great.”

Jonathan Toews also gushed about his goalie to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

“You can’t even put that into words,” Toews said. “He made some unbelievable saves.”

Even so, Crawford received the occasional lucky break, as Bruins forward Kaspars Daugavins explained to Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes.

“I had him beat, but while I was shooting I got tripped and my hands got tied up,” Daugavins said.

  1. 19to77 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Barring multiple epic meltdowns, this playoff run is going to put Crawford in the running for Olympic starter. He’s been gold in the postseason.

    • pudgalvin - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      We’ve still heard coming into this series, “well, he hasn’t had to steal a game yet.” I’d say he stole one last night. He caught a few lucky breaks, but overall, I thought the Bruins had a lot more good chances than the Hawks.

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    I’m not convinced yet that CC should be the starter in Sochi. He has to be better with handling rebounds and when the puck is low on him. He seems to lose sight of the puck a lot.

  3. comeonnowguys - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Unofficially, that’s at least five times that Crawford has lost his stick in the playoffs. Eventually that’s going to bite him/them.

  4. cfos00 - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Hands down the biggest reason they won last night. He was great when we needed him to be. Seems like it’s going to take deflections or misdirection and a quick release to beat either of the goalies in this series. It’s great to see Crow step up like he has this year.

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