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Chicago Blackhawks’ 10 Best Moments Of 2016 Calendar Year

By Colin Likas
Dec 17, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) is congratulated by right wing Patrick Kane (88) after scoring a empty net goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) is congratulated by right wing Patrick Kane (88) after scoring a empty net goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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No. 5: Corey Crawford Continues To Be Crawsome

You knew I’d find a way to get Crow on this list. If you read any of my stuff, it’s pretty easy to tell he’s my favorite current Blackhawk, and I’ll defend him until my face turns blue.

Though Crow was snubbed in All-Star Game voting this year and largely ignored in Vezina Trophy voting, that shouldn’t downplay the fact the Blackhawks’ No. 1 netminder had an incredible calendar year.

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His 28 wins between Jan. 1 and today rank him 12th among all goaltenders for that timeframe. Of those 12, Crow has a better save percentage over that timeframe (.926) than all but one — Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk, who’s on an insane tear right now to boost his to .930 in that range.

His 2.37 goals-allowed average is sixth-best in that group, too, just behind the 2.36 marks of Tuukka Rask and Ben Bishop. His four shutouts in that timespan tie for third most.

And, as I said multiple times in yesterday’s post, he did this while going through two separate injury bouts: a one-month upper-body issue in the later stages of the 2015-16 season, and an appendectomy earlier this month.

The guy has just dragged the Blackhawks to so many wins in 2016, it’d be impossible not to put him on a list of great things to happen to the team this year.

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