The Blackhawks in their current state of affairs don’t need a superstar goalie to win the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks have won the Cup with Antti Niemi and Corey Crawford in net, and while Niemi was a one year fling Crawford after signing a long-term deal appears to be here for the long haul.
Crawford may never be truly appreciated and he may never be the best goalie in the NHL (He did win the Jennings last year), but he is becoming one of the most consistent winners in Chicago Blackhawks history between the pipes.
Here is the list of Blackhawks goalies with 3 or more seasons with 3o more wins.
- 1. Tony Esposito- 8 seasons
- 2. Glen Hall- 4 seasons
- 3. Ed Belfour-3 season
Guess who will be joining this list very shortly? That’s right none other than #50! If it wasn’t for the shortened season last year Crawford would already be on this list since he won 19 games last year in only 30 appearances. Crawford’s record this year is 29-13-10 and is just one Win away from the 30 win club for the 3rd time in his short career.
Crawford never has to be spectacular, but only needs to stop everything that he suppose to which he’s done a pretty good job for most of his career except for a little series with a team named the Phoenix Coyotes. It’s funny how many fans want to start controversy at a moments notice or people want to stir up controversy at a anytime Antti Raanta gets a start or there is talk of a night off for Crawford. Crawford is exactly what the Blackhawks and Joel Quenneville need in net on a nightly basis. He may make superstar money starting next year when his contract extension kicks in but he doesn’t have a superstar ego, he’s learned to shake off bad goals, and he’s a workhorse that will keep starting game after game like a goalie from another era.
For those that think it doesn’t matter who’s in net for the Blackhawks let me remind you of one name, Cristobal Huet. The Blackhawks had to park him at the end of the bench halfway through the 2010 season because he stopped doing what was needed and started having a neck strain from looking at all the pucks hitting the back of the net.
Crawford is solid night in and night out and he’s one of the reasons the Blackhawks have a great chance at repeating their Stanley Cup Championship. He may not be great but he’s Mr. Consistent and Blackhawks fan should have a lot of pride knowing that he’s going to go down as one of the best goalies in Blackhawks history.
Enjoy Mr. Conistency! I’m sure he’ll be in net again tonight!
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