Second Star: Corey Crawford
Jan 5, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a save against San Jose Sharks centerAndrew Desjardins
(10) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
When Corey Crawford returned from injury, many wondered if he would be just like the old 50 they were used to seeing. He was. Although Crawford didn’t pick up a win in Week 14 (Antti Raanta started in New Jersey) Crawford was the reason that the Blackhawks got a single point in either of his two starts. Crow’s defining moments came in the third period against San Jose, where after letting in the game-tying goal, Crawford held strong amidst a Blackhawks’ defensive collapse, sending the game to overtime, and eventually, a shootout. Crawford made 40 saves in that game, as well as 31 against New York. Crawford ended the week in 9th NHL-wide in Wins, despite having his last win coming on November 29th. Between Crawford and Raanta, the Blackhawks’ crease management is equal to the tandem of Crawford and Ray Emery that won the Blackhawks the President’s Trophy in 2013.