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McLennan's Post 2 Post: Howard, Crawford solid in Game 1

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Jamie McLenan
5/16/2013 1:11:21 AM
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Throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, NHL on TSN analyst and former NHL goaltender Jamie McLennan ranks the netminders after each game night. Today he looks ay Wednesday's performances in the Detroit at Chicago game.

Number values assigned are out of five with five being the best performance.

Jimmy Howard - 4 - He made big saves on Hossa and Toews, but neither was better than the Bolland breakaway in the third to keep the Wings in it. He was the only reason the game was close. I counted not less than six big saves, But the third goal against was a killer. It was a broken play off the back of the net. His aggressiveness was evident all night long, Although Oduya scored glove side, his glove was hot and the Hawks were shooting high glove all night long.

Corey Crawford - 4 – He was really steady. I liked his efficiency in the net, evident on the blocker save on Zetterberg on the penalty kill. The biggest save was reserved for Brent Seabrook who batted one off the line to save a goal. I really liked that on the penalty kill, he fought to see pucks past Franzen. Detroit has such a good net front presence and Crawford took his space and did not get frustrated.

Corey Crawford Marian Hossa (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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