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Blackhawks: Crawford Most Under-appreciated Goalie of 2010s

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 18: Corey Crawford attends Chicago's Celebratory Parade & Rally Honoring The 2015 Stanley Cup Champions, The Chicago Blackhawks on June 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/WireImage)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 18: Corey Crawford attends Chicago's Celebratory Parade & Rally Honoring The 2015 Stanley Cup Champions, The Chicago Blackhawks on June 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/WireImage) /
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2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

As we all know, Corey Crawford was the Chicago Blackhawks’ goalie throughout the 2013 NHL playoffs. The 36-7-5 Blackhawks marched their way through the first round against the Wild. During the second round, they had a little hiccup. The team went down 3-1 early in the series against the Red Wings. Instead of another early playoff exit, Crawford bounced back with the team and played great hockey.

The Blackhawks would battle back by winning the series in overtime in Game 7. Crawford stood on his head during that game. That is really when “crOwMG” was becoming a thing.

After a great comeback series, Crawford won every Blackhawks fan over. Fans would defend him on social media at all costs.

Crawford was still looked down upon when he played against Quick in the 2013 Western Conference Finals. The Blackhawks went right through the Kings and Crawford would play in his first Stanley Cup.

During the Stanley Cup Finals, instead of admitting how well he was playing, experts and fans alike kept talking about his glove side. They pointed out on Crawford giving up “too many goals” on his glove side. Thankfully, Crawford proved the doubters wrong while winning his first Stanley Cup that year.

Even though Crawford was now a Stanley Cup champion, he was still very under-appreciated. Lundqvist, Price, and Quick would still be considered better than him.

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