2. Corey Crawford’s performance in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals
May 30, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period in game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
So, I guess Game Two of the Western Conference Finals was the most memorable game of the playoffs, since this is it’s 2nd appearance on this list. That makes sense, considering it is the longest game in the 89 storied years of Chicago Blackhawks hockey.
Crawford, though. Crawford played the best game of his career in Game Two of the WCFs. That’s saying something when this is the same guy with two Stanley Cups and several clutch playoff performances under his belt.
Consider the situation. Crawford, who lost his starting job for a few games in the first round, who is always receiving far far more blame than he deserves from less-informed members of the Hawks’ fan-base and who was essentially competing against lots of fans wanting the feel-good/underdog story of Scott Darling to start in net. This same Crawford played the best goaltending performance in Hawks’ history.
Almost three full overtimes, 116 minutes and 12 seconds of ice time and 62 saves on 64 shots and a victory. You can’t beat that.