CHICAGO -- It became one of the biggest storylines of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final and was dissected by goaltending experts on television and in writing.
The Boston Bruins scored a large portion of their goals against the Chicago Blackhawks to the glove side of goalie Corey Crawford, including all five in Chicago's 6-5 overtime victory in Game 4 at TD Garden.
The discussion was extensive and easily could have caused Crawford to crumble if his focus got entangled in a "glove side" mind trap. Instead, he didn't flinch. Crawford backstopped the Blackhawks to their second Stanley Cup in four seasons -- the first with him in net -- and quieted his doubters.
"Looking back, I think it was kind of amazing how much pressure was put on him from the outside, whether he felt the pressure or not," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith told NHL.com. "There was obviously lots of talk and a lot of pressure was put on him. I just think it shows you his mental resolve to stick with it. He's really grown over the last couple of years into an elite goaltender."
The ordeal actually helped Crawford instead of wrecking him.