Corey Crawford is the whipping boy for Chicago Blackhawks fans. When things go wrong for the Blackhawks, Crawford is almost the first player that fans point their finger to.
When the Blackhawks dropped the first two games to the St. Louis Blues in their first round series of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Crawford received nearly all the blame despite the fact that he was one of the few Blackhawks players that did not get caught up in bush league antics.
When the doubt was rising again for Crawford this week, the Blackhawks goalie did what he always does in the face of doubt and silenced his critics.
Crawford was magnificent in the Blackhawks 2-0 victory over the Blues on Monday. Crawford made 34 saves on Monday while recording his third career playoff shutout.
Crawford admitted after the game that Monday’s game was important for the Blackhawks and that the team is not feeling pressured in their deficit in the series.
“There is no pressure,” Crawford said. “I think it’s more reality. That was a really important game for us. It’s an exciting one, too, coming back in this building. Our fans are always loud throughout the year, and in the playoffs it almost doubles with intensity with our crowd.
“We were all excited and we had that calm, cool, confidence in this group. Our veterans, our leaders led the way throughout the whole day and the last couple of days just keeping calm and collected, and everyone else followed.”-Corey Crawford, ESPN Chicago
A leader is something that Crawford is quickly becoming due to his continued success in the playoffs for the Blackhawks.