Jan 22, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks centerPatrick Sharp
(10) skates with the puck against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Blues 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks would go on to finish the regular season with a record of 36-7-5, good for 77 points. Throughout the entire 48-game season, the Hawks would only allow 102 goals, which was fewest in the league. Remember that goaltender controversy about whether Corey Crawford was up to the challenge ?
Crawford finished the season with a record of 19-5-5, with 3 shutouts, a 1.94 Goals Against Average, and a .926% Save Percentage. Simply outstanding!
To be fair, backup goaltender, Ray Emery also and an unbelievable season. Emery went 17-1, with 3 shutouts, a 1.94 Goals Against Average, and a .922% Save Percentage. Emery also became the first goaltender to start a season 12-0!
How would Patrick Kane handle his ever-increasing amount of doubters? Remarkably! Kane put up 55 points(23 goals, 32 assists) in 47 games in 2013.
While some of the biggest questions facing the Hawks going into the season were answered, none of it would matter if it didn’t continue into the playoffs. Without a Stanley Cup, the 2013 campaign would go down as a major disappointment for the Blackhawks. The unbelievable regular-season caused expectations to reach record highs, in Chicago.