Corey Crawford responds with strong Game 5

Leading up to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, most of the talk regarding the Chicago Blackhawks was about Corey Crawford’s glove.

Crawford has been repeatedly beaten by the Boston Bruins to his glove side. Boston has shown a preference all series to go at Crawford’s glove, and of the 12 goals Bruins skaters have scored this series, 10 have been on that side. No time was this more obvious than in Game 4 last Wednesday.

Boston scored five goals in a game they eventually lost in overtime. All five of those goals came to Crawford’s, you guessed it, glove side. Two specific goals were troubling for Chicago fans, as their goalie missed two very savable shots from the sticks of Patrice Bergeron and Rich Peverley.

The poor outing brought some to question if he should get the start in Game 5, or if the Blackhawks should consider making the move to backup goalie Ray Emery.

Crawford got the start, and did he ever respond in a big way.

He made 24 saves, including a key stop on Jaromir Jagr in the final minutes as the Bruins pressed for the tie in a game the Blackhawks eventually won 3-1. There were no questions after the game about the goalie’s play.

Crawford was quick to point out his teammates play in helping him right the ship, telling the Chicago Tribune, “It’s been the same story that we’ve done all year, the great sticks, taking away those passing lanes and just let me play the shot.”

If Crawford can have one more game like the one he did Saturday night, the Blackhawks could be lifting the Stanley Cup over their heads again, and all will forget about the problems with the glove.

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