Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/06/14 at 09:26 AM ET
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford has won a Stanley Cup and has a career playoff goals-against average of 2.01, yet he always seems to be picked apart by the critics.
The Wild has the fullest respect for him. After all, in seven playoff games over two years, Crawford has allowed 10 goals to Minnesota. After scoring three goals in the first two games of this series, the Wild wants to make life more difficult on him.
“We have to put more pressure on him,” coach Mike Yeo said. “He’s playing very well. I look at our net-front traffic on him; I don’t think it’s been enough through the two games.”
His job was made much easier in Game 2 Sunday as the Blackhawks allowed their fewest shots on goal in a single period all season (two). It balanced out in the second when the Wild fired 13 shots, with Crawford brushing off each one. In Game 1 Friday, he stopped all 17 second-period shots he faced.
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