CHICAGO - Corey Crawford started every single playoff game when the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last year. Detroit had Jimmy Howard in goal, Jonathan Quick was in net for the Los Angeles Kings, Boston had Tuukka Rask, and Crawford beat each one of them.
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.