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Chicago Blackhawks’ Three Stars of the Week: Week #2

By Skylar Peters
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First Star: Corey Crawford

Oct 9, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a glove save on a shot by St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blues defeat the Blackhawks 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

No team in the NHL will go far without good goaltending. The Chicago Blackhawks are very fortunate to have built and bred Corey Crawford into not only a starting goalie, but one of the best in the league. Crawford’s 2.46 GAA is more than enough to put the Blackhawks in line for a win with the amount of skill they have upfront, and he has already shown that he can shake off an opposing goal, as the Blackhawks have never trailed by more than 1 goal in a game thus far. One thing Crawford hasn’t forgotten, is how to make the big save. He has already made several key saves, demonstrated during the Buffalo Sabres’ push late in the game on Saturday. Crawford has also added a highlight-reel stop to his repertoire already, a huge glove save on Alex Steen, reminiscent of some of the ridiculous glove efforts he made in 2013. Statistically, Crawford isn’t in the upper echelon just yet, with many teams (and their goalies) off to a hot start, but at his current pace, he will be right up there as soon as the field evens out. If you’re still doubting the 28-year old; Crawford has made 111 saves in four games so far, 15 more than he made in the same time to start last year. We all know where he went last year.

Honorable Mentions:

Patrick Kane continues to be a force offensively, scoring 4 goals in five games, and leading the Blackhawks in power-play markers, with two.

Ben Smith was the leader of the youth movement this week, recording his first goal and assist of the season, coupled with solid two-way play.

The Blackhawks’ Power-Play continues to distance itself from last year’s disappointing effort, scoring two goals in St. Louis, and creating lots of chances throughout.

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