Crawford stopped 23 of 26 shots in Monday's Game 7 loss to the Blues. Crawford fell into an early hole after allowing a pair of first period tallies, and though his mates were able to battle back and tie things up heading into the third, it ultimately wasn't enough as the Blues netted the series-clincher midway through the final frame. It was a rocky playoff run for the 31-year-old, allowing at least three goals in each of the final five games, but he's geared up to once again be the main man in net in Chicago heading into the 2016-17 season.
Crawford will man the net for Monday's Game 7 matchup with the Blues, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. There's no reason to expect anything different, as Crawford will be starting every postseason game for the Blackhawks until their run ends. Monday will determine whether or not we will see more of him, but he's been the better of the two netminders over the last two games to force a deciding Game 7. He will need to step up once again in St. Louis, but Crawford's experience in series-clinching games could give him an advantage over the Blues' Brian Elliott.
Crawford turned away 25 of 28 shots in Saturday's Game 6 win over the Blues. Crawford took a hard slapshot to the the ribs at the end of the second period, but he managed to stay in the game and battle through after getting looked at by trainers. The 31-year-old, who is sporting a .911 save percentage this postseason, has turned in two strong outings as the Blackhawks have clawed back from a 3-1 series deficit to force a Game 7. He'll need to be at his very best on Monday if Chicago hopes to complete the comeback.
Crawford was injured late in the second period of Saturday's game against St. Louis. He remained in the game after taking a slap shot in the rib area. Crawford is a battler and the team trainers probably got out that magic spray they use in English soccer to freeze injuries. There's a chance a near-100 mph slapper hit him square in the ribs and that could affect this availability in future contests.
Crawford will get the start in net for Game 6 against the Blues on Saturday. Crawford helped keep the Blackhawks' playoff hopes alive during Game 5 Thursday, saving 43 of 46 shots in a double overtime victory. He'll be back in the crease Saturday and will look to even the series at three. In five games against the Blues this post-season, Crawford owns a 2-3 record, to go along with a 2.36 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
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