Stanley Cup Playoffs

Chicago Blackhawks: Their leaders have to perform this post-season

Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Blackhawks, Corey Crawford
Corey Crawford #50, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Being nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, Corey Crawford has proven that he still has more quality hockey left in him to play for the Blackhawks.

Crawford has battled through a variety of injuries over the past few seasons. With each, his status as this team’s starter became less clear. But his resiliency has been unquestionable, as he kept coming back.

Throughout most of the 2019-20 season, Crawford split his starts with Robin Lehner before Lehner was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights. Since the trade deadline, Crawford has taken his net-back and his numbers have proven that.

To close out the season, in his last seven games played, he went 5-2-0 and earned a .934 save percentage.

If Corey Crawford can bring those types of performances between the pipes into these playoffs, then the rest of the roster will have a better opportunity to focus on their part of the equation.

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Ultimately, the whole Chicago Blackhawks team will win or lose collectively. However, a lineup led by Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, and Corey Crawford is not one to take lightly. Especially when they’re looking to lift yet another Stanley Cup together.