Last Season’s Good Goaltending Has Returned
Oct 9, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) blocks a shot against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blues defeat the Blackhawks 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
It was a great sight to see in 2013. Corey Crawford and Ray Emery both had outstanding years, taking home the Jennings Trophy for allowing the fewest goals against in the regular season. After the Stanley Cup win, talk shifted to sustaining that great performance in the net. Crawford was known to be inconsistent, and losing Emery to the Philadelphia Flyers meant veteran Nikolai Khabibulin would return to Chicago in a backup role. However, five games through the year, Crawford looks to be in his old form, and Khabibulin has proved he’s still got it. The goalies have combined for an average Goals Against of less than 2.5, and Crawford’s play under pressure, notably in Saturday’s contest against the Buffalo Sabres, proved that he can stand up to the test once again. If the five players in front of them can get more than a couple pucks in the net, there is a very good chance Chicago can win the said game. Goaltending like this isn’t at the top of the leader-boards this early in the season, but once everyone settles in, Chicago will be at the top of the heap once again.