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Chicago Blackhawks: Corey Crawford Days Until Opening Night

By Gail Kauchak
Apr 15, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) defends the net during game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won the game 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) defends the net during game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won the game 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /
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It’s officially 50 days until the Chicago Blackhawks start their season

That’s right, it’s Corey Crawford days away from opening day. Now, I know for many of you that still seems like a long time. But way back on July 4, we were 100 days away. We have cut that number in half. The season is inching closer, slowly but surely, day by day.

Of course it’s always fun when the days left coincide with a player’s sweater number. Such is the case today with our favorite netminder, Corey Crawford. Crow was recently named by the NHL Network to be the sevent-best goaltender right now in the NHL.

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Whatever. If you look at the link, Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils and Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning are among those listed above him on the list. Like I said, whatever. Have either one of these guys won a Stanley Cup?! Oh, by the way, Corey has two.

Crow continues to fly under the radar when it comes to his talent, and that’s just fine by me. His teammates appreciate him, and so do most Chicago Blackhawks fans.

If you need any reminding, just take a look at the highlight below.

Or this one.

Oh, and if you had any doubt about Corey’s toughness, just take a look at this.

Yes, he is more than willing to stick up for himself and his teammates.

All right. I know sometimes Crawford lets in a soft goal. But he always seems to bounce back. And that’s 90 percent of the battle. Hockey, and especially goaltending, is a very mental game. You have to let go of the mistakes and focus on the task at hand, which is stopping the next shot.

I, for one, believe that Crow has grown and learned from his experiences the last few seasons. He is only getting better. He’s in his prime, and has a lot left in the tank. I am excited to see what he has to offer this season. And let’s face it, he has a lot better defense in front of him as well. Things are only looking up!

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On a final note, Crawford seems to have a pretty interesting off-ice talent.  He likes to swear at Stanley Cup parades. Here’s his outburst from 2013.

And then we have the 2015 version.

Perhaps there will be a 2017 edition? Either way, there are 50 more days until we get to watch Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks in action instead of videos from past seasons. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for some new highlights!

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