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Crawford ready for new pressure

Updated: September 29, 2011, 12:36 PM ET
By Craig Custance

It's too bad, really. Corey Crawford was the Chicago Blackhawks' best player in their Game 7 loss to the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs last spring. He turned in 65:22 of nearly flawless goaltending, stopping 38 shots. Yet, he hasn't gone back to watch the tape. Not once.

Instead, the only shot he has seen repeatedly is Alex Burrows' overtime game winner, which he saw when highlights were shown back home during the summer.

But that game is our lasting memory of Crawford -- a young goalie playing under the highest of pressure and responding with one of the best performances of his career.

"I took a lot from that, the experience and everything," Crawford said. "It wasn't quite the result we're looking for. It was a lot of fun but I'm moving on. I'm looking forward to this season."

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