Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- The Crow Show

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 14: Goalie Corey Crawford
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 14: Goalie Corey Crawford /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! If you missed the first month of the season, there has been one MVP in my mind for the Chicago Blackhawks, and he wears #50 and goes by the name Corey Crawford.

On Wednesday night, Crawford picked up his 22nd career shutout and first of the season when he blanked the Philadelphia Flyers.  It was one of those shutouts that just can’t be thanked to his defense, because he faced multiple (like 6 or 7) odd man chances and two breakaways.  No matter what the Flyers threw at him he was up to the task.

Crawford’s wins and losses record isn’t fantastic at 6-4, but it’s Goals Against Average at 1.91 and his Save Percentage at .941 that really is impressive and way better than his career numbers of 2.36 and .919.

Crawford started last season this hot, but when he was sidelined for nearly a month with an appendicitis he just wasn’t nearly as sharp when he returned.  A few years ago, he had the same kind of start to the season before taking a huge misstep at a concert that put him on the sidelines for over a month.

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My hope is that Crawford will start getting some National attention besides just being lucky to be the Blackhawks goalie during two Stanley Cup runs.  To be honest the Hawks wouldn’t be 6-5-2 if it wasn’t for Crawford’s play.  If you throw out the first two games, the defense has been giving up more Grade A chances than years past, and for the most part Crawford has been more than able to stand up to the task!

Corey Crawford should get in the Vezina discussion this year if he continues to play at this high of a level!

Here are some morning links to start your Friday! 

What did Joel Quenneville have to say after the Hawks 3-0 win late Wednesday night (Blackhawks)

Corey Crawford showing his worth once again for the Blackhawks (Daily Herald)

Joel Quenneville yelled in October and everyone noticed (Faxes From Uncle Dale)

The Rockford Ice Hogs connection to the community is more than on the ice (The Rink)

Why a little tap in goal by Artem Anisimov felt like a huge burden lifted (CSN)

Brian Boyle made his first game appearance since being diagnosed with Leukemia (Bleacher Report)

Which Nashville Predators players need to step up (Predlines)

The Dallas Stars had a mixed bag of results in October (Blackout Dallas)

Next: Blackhawks Defense is a Mixed Bag Of Results Right Now

Jamie Benn and Dustin Byfuglien had a big boy battle last night (Puck Daddy)