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Crawford's performance over the past five games has the Blackhawks looking very strong.
Remember at the end of the 2013 regular season, when Corey Crawford had a string of iffy games and backup Ray Emery was looking like the surefire fit as the playoff starter?
Fast-forward to where we are now; the Blackhawks are two wins away from a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, and Crawford has been a huge part of his team's success.
In a first period in which the Kings outplayed the Blackhawks and out-shot them 13-9, Crawford stood his ground and stopped every shot he faced. He wound up stopping 29-of-31 for the night, with one goal coming via a quick one-timer off the stick of Jeff Carter at 18:57 in the second period.
Crawford never had a chance as Carter fired away after a faceoff win from the left circle. The other goal came via a too little, too late power play that was stuffed in by the quick hands of youngster Tyler Toffoli.
Billed as the lesser goaltender in the series when compared to reigning Conn Smythe winner and Stanley Cup champ Jonathan Quick, Crawford has been more than up to the task so far.
Over the Blackhawks' five-game winning streak, Crawford has allowed just eight goals while stopping 136-of-144 shots, good for a 0.94 save-percentage, the same mark he posted in the Game 2 win over L.A.