Chicago's unassuming goaltender still had his doubters when this season began.
Not so much right now.
Crawford is among the NHL's playoff leaders with a .931 save percentage and 1.97 goals-against average, leading the Blackhawks to the Western Conference finals for the fourth time in the last six seasons. He had 34 saves in Chicago's 2-1 overtime win at Minnesota in the clinching Game 6 on Tuesday night.
It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun..
— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday