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Could This Save Springboard Crawford To The Next Level

By Keith Schultz

March 31, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie

Corey Crawford

(50) makes a save in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Corey Crawford was not suppose to play last night in Edmonton. Ray Emery got the start and Crawford was probably planning on watching the great ice in Edmonton and another Hawks win.  Emery tweaked an injury and had to leave the game midway through the first period and in came Crawford.

If you make it to the NHL as a goalie you have to be pretty good at your craft, but the thing that sets goalies apart are the ones that get hot come playoff time.  Jonathan Quick had a great run through the playoffs last season all the way to the podium to collect the Conn Smythe trophy.  There is such a small fraction between good and great and sometimes all it takes is a game or a play to change in a goalies head and give him the confidence to find the zone.

Corey Crawford struggled through last season playoffs giving up two terribly soft overtime goals that most Hawks fans probably still haven’t forgiven him for.  The Hawks need a solid effort from whoever is in net for the playoff run but could you imagine the Blackhawk with a hot goalie?

Last night after getting the emergency call Crawford showed some serious leather when

Jordan Eberle

came in on a two on one and made a great move to get by

Niklas Hjalmarsson

but Crawford made a sick glove save take a look

At the pro level this save could be the turning point for Crawford in 2013 from having a very good season to becoming a hot goalie and a Stanley Cup champion.  Hopefully this just isn’t a one game highlight but just a glimpse of things to come for the Hawks netminder in the playoff season that is right around the corner.

Is this too much excitement for one great save, or do you think this could springboard Crawford to new heights?

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