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LONG READ: Crawford and Lehner, Better Together

For those looking for an animosity-filled goaltending controversy, it's not to be found in the Blackhawks' room

by Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc / Blackhawks.com

Players were in various stages of shedding their practice attire when Robin Lehner suddenly dropped into the butterfly position in front of his stall in the Blackhawks dressing room.

The skate-less, mask-less Lehner shifted his weight to demonstrate how he closes the five-hole to stop a shot, something at which the veteran has been among the best in the NHL this season.

Lehner's audience of one, Corey Crawford, watched and listened before sharing with his teammate his thoughts on the subject.

Seeing Lehner and Crawford confabbing before, during and after practices is a common sight these days. For those looking for an animosity-filled goaltending controversy, it's just not to be found in the Blackhawks' room.

"It's been great," Crawford said of the relationship between the two. "He's hilarious. I just enjoy sitting next to him and listening to him. He's so positive just talking about the game. He gets really, really into it. He's pretty passionate about hockey. He likes to talk about the other teams, other goalies and just about the position. It's nice to play with a guy who is behind you and you can work together with to help the team."

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