CHICAGO -- Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell still raises both of his eyebrows when he tells the story of how he truly learned what goalie Corey Crawford was all about.
"When you're one of the last few guys on the ice and he goes around to each individual guy on the ice and asks them if they need anything else from him, more shots, anything -- he did it to me this year and I was just like, 'Wow, that's awesome and that's a goaltender that wants to get better,' " Campbell told NHL.com over the weekend. "He did that not just once but a few times to me, asking if I need anything else or if there was anything else he can do. What a great team guy."
Campbell stressed that never before in his 11 years in the NHL has a goalie done such a thing at the end of practice.
Crawford, though, might just be different than a lot of young goalies -- both with his mental capacity to handle the increased workload in a series of huge games down the stretch and his physical ability to actually improve over the course of a two-month starting streak, despite having an NHL resume that included only eight starts prior to the season.