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Crawford comes up big again and again as Blackhawks beat Bruins 4-3 in triple overtime

Thursday, 06.13.2013 / 1:25 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Crawford comes up big again and again as Blackhawks beat Bruins 4-3 in triple overtime

CHICAGO - Corey Crawford bested Tuukka Rask in the stat that really counts.

The Blackhawks goalie was outstanding in overtime — all three periods of it — keeping his teammates in the game long enough to finally overcome Boston 4-3 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night. He smothered a 2-on-1 breakaway in the first OT, frustrated David Krejci time and again and had so many nice glove saves baseball players could learn a thing or two.

Crawford made 51 saves. Rask, who came into the finals with the highest save percentage (.943) of the playoffs and a scoreless streak of more than 126 minutes, finished with 59.

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