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Remember Game 4? Goals starting piling up out of nowhere at both ends of the ice.
Even though Chicago won that 6-5 barnburner in overtime, the book at the time was that the Bruins had uncovered Corey Crawford's glaring weakness. They could score at will, it was said, by shooting to the glove side.
Why is it, then, that the Bruins managed just three more goals in the next two games of the series? Did they become too obsessed with their new secret weapon?
The 'Hawks limited Boston to just 25 shots in each of the last two games, but Crawford did what was needed as the last line of defense. In Game 5, he shut the door long enough to give his team a comfortable 2-0 lead heading into the third period, and in Game 6 he stood tall through multiple penalty kills and kept the Blackhawks in the game long enough for them to mount their amazing late comeback.
Crawford finished the playoffs with a league-leading 1.84 GAA and should warrant serious consideration for Canada's 2014 Olympic team roster, glove hand be darned.
Stanley Cup Final Grade: A-
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