Corey Crawford has been hearing for as long as he's been the Blackhawks' No. 1 goalie that he is the team's weakest link. Not even the Stanley Cup win last year has quieted the doubters, but the Blackhawks netminder did his best to silence his critics temporarily with a dramatic save in Game 1 of Chicago's series against rival St. Louis Blues.
With the Hawks ahead 3-2 in the second period, Blues forward Jaden Schwartz forced a turnover deep in Chicago's zone and sent a pass to Vladimir Tarasenko. The young Russian put a puck towards the net, but it got blocked in front. Crawford reacted to the shot, however, and when the puck bounced back to Tarasenko the Blackhawks' masked man was out of position, giving Tarasenko a wide open net. Well, it was wide open.
Crawford lunged out with his right arm, paddle out, and got a piece of it with the wrong side of his blocker glove. He then calmly covered the puck, preserving the lead.
That should be a notable moment in the game, don't you think?