Hawks player reviews: Corey Crawford

June, 11, 2014
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Corey Crawford Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty ImagesCorey Crawford was dominant at times in the playoffs for the Blackhawks.

Corey Crawford, Goaltender


2013-14 cap hit: $2,666,667 | Age: 29 | Season stats: 32-16-10, 2.26 GAA, .917 save percentage

Season recap: Crawford's play was all over the map at times this season, ranging from mediocre to great. He struggled early in the season prior to being injured in December. He returned in January playing at a higher level. He took his game up another notch in the first two rounds of the playoffs, but wasn't the same player in the Western Conference finals.

Season highlight: Crawford had a number of memorable performances in the playoffs, but he was at his best against the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the first round. The Blackhawks were down 2-0 in the series, and the Blues outplayed the Blackhawks at times in Game 3. Crawford came through and stopped all 34 shots he faced in a 2-0 win.

Season lowlight: There weren't a lot of soft goals, but Crawford allowed 25 goals over the final six games of the Western Conference finals. He allowed four or more goals in five games in the series.

Final grade: B-

Inside the numbers: Crawford had a .925 even-strength save percentage during the regular season. He was ranked 19th in that category among goaltenders with at least 25 starts this season.

Notes: Crawford recorded his 100th career win on Nov. 29. He became the eighth Blackhawks goaltender to reach the 100-win mark.

Quotes: "It wasn't good enough," Crawford said of his play in the Western Conference finals. "We lost. It was too many goals. Take away the Game 2, that was a blowout in the third period. That couldn't happen, but it did. They seemed to get a lot of traffic in front of the net. I felt pretty much all year I felt I was pretty strong ... battling through traffic and finding pucks and that was probably the worst part of my game in that series."

What's next: Crawford will be the Blackhawks' No. 1 goalie for many years. His six-year, $36 million contract goes into effect next season. The Blackhawks will look for more consistency out of him.
Scott Powers is the Blackhawks beat reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Kane
PTS GOALS AST +/-
64 27 37 10
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 27
AssistsP. Kane 37
+/-J. Toews 23
GAAC. Crawford 2.29