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Post to Post: Crawford outstanding in Blackhawks win

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Jamie McLennan
5/18/2014 10:02:46 PM
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Every night of the Stanley Cup playoffs, TSN hockey analyst and former NHL goaltender Jamie McLennan breaks down each goalie's performance.

Jamie's number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark.

Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks (5) –Crawford does not get enough credit for what he does for the Blackhawks. He was sharp early with saves on Richards and Gaborik in the first period and his positioning was outstanding, making it look easy. He made big saves at the right time as well; huge saves on Clifford and Gaborik with the score tied 1-1, kept the Blackhawks in the game. His great crease play on Carter in the third was also key in keeping the lead. Crawford got some help from the post on the Toffoli breakaway, but his aggressive stick forces Toffoli to bobble it. Overall, he was dialed in today and a big reason they won.

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings (3) - Quick was solid today. He didn't have much of a chance on the three goals against; the first goal was a screen/ tip, second was a tip that skipped up and went top shelf, and the third was a three-on-one that Toews makes a great shot backdoor. He fought a lot of traffic all game long as Bickell set up shop in his crease and the Blackhawks drove the net hard every chance they had. He did a very good job stopping shots by Kane, Oduya and Hossa shots with traffic in front of the net. It was evident the Blackhawks game plan was to get traffic in front of him and make his life miserable.

Corey Crawford (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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