NHL Playoffs 2011: Comparing the Blackhawks' and Canucks' Starting Goalies
NHL Playoffs 2011, the paths that led the two goalies to this series between Chicago and Vancouver are quite different. But, Corey Crawford and Roberto Luongo are squaring off in a battle of two of the best goalies going right now.
The comparisons between these goalies can be made very easily because they are in fact alot alike in certain aspects.
Both goalies are from the hockey hotbed of Montreal. Both are taller more imposing goalies than most at around 6'2 or 6'3 in frame, and well over 200 pounds. They both have had sensational seasons this year as Luongo is a frontrunner for his first Vezina, and Corey Crawford has been perhaps the best rookie goalie in the game.
The main difference lies in the path that was taken for the players to reach this spot in their careers. Luongo got the call in net 12 years ago when he was 20 for the New York Islanders not long after being the 4th overall selection for them. Crawford was not a high draft pick as he was a 2nd round pick by his current team the Blackhawks, and waited eight long years to become the starter.
Luongo has been brilliant this season with a record of 38-15-7 and a sparkling goals against average of 2.11. His game has been taken to another level this season, and has truly become one of; if not the best in the game.
Crawford has been much more of a pleasant surprise for NHL fans with a record of 33-18-6 in his first year as starter over veteran Marty Turco. His GAA has been 2.30, and for the most part has played well in big pleasure games.
Luongo has been outdone in the last two years by Nikolai Khabibulin and Antti Niemi. This year will be show a fellow Montreal guy how it's done?
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