Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford was recently named the NHL’s number two star of the week. Here’s a look into the performance which earned him such an honor.
Each week, the NHL names their “three stars of the week” based on who’s performed the best in that time. In order from first to third, the honors were named to Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks, and Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks.
Atkinson, the first star, tallied 5 goals and 3 assists in only three games played. More importantly, he helped the Blue jackets to win three straight including a dominant 7-3 victory over the Florida Panthers.
Pavelski managed to score 5 times and added an assist in his past three games. Though they lost to a very good Toronto Maple Leafs team 5-3 during that stretch, Pavelski scored twice and was instrumental in a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators (who sit in first place in the Central Division).
The reason I write, though, is also the reason the Chicago Blackhawks have managed to go 2-0-2 in their last four games.
Of course, that reason is Corey Crawford. Crow is 2-0-1 in his last three games and has only given up two goals in regulation during that stretch. He shut out the St. Louis Blues and allowed only one goal to the Minnesota Wild. During these games he’s posted a 0.65 GAA, a .980 SV% and has somehow stopped 98 of 100 shots.
Not too shabby.
The Chicago Blackhawks are undoubtedly thrilled to have him back as he’s proved once again just how much of a difference maker he is for this team. His stats in the past week certainly speak for themselves, but Crow threw in some spectacular game-saving saves in those contests which simply cannot be summed up in words.
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It’s good to see the Chicago Blackhawks finally playing well enough in front of him to add a few W’s to the win column, but they’ll need to continue this level of play if they want to succeed over the next challenging stretch of games which notably includes the Washington Capitols, Tampa Bay Lightning, Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators, to name a few.