Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/22/13 at 09:37 AM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So there was Rask, who’d gone a ridiculously long stretch – more than 129 minutes – without surrendering a goal, and then gave up six. So what?
As for Crawford, yes, the Bruins exploited him for a handful of goals on the high glove side, as did the Los Angeles Kings and the Detroit Red Wings before them.
But the fact remains, even after the two gave up a total of 11 goals in that one aberrant match, they still have goals-against averages of less than two per game, which remain stunningly and historically low numbers.
“The scrutiny of goaltending at any stage of the season is at a different level of any other player, and I guess it’s even more out there now that you’re in the final,” correctly assessed Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville after practice Friday. “But Corey just seems to move forward whatever the challenge is, the next shot, the next game. He’s excited about the opportunity. We’re excited about what he accomplished. He won a big game for us, and that’s where we’re at.”
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