Consider Corey Crawford ready for the playoffs. The Blackhawks' No. 1 goaltender solidified his standing for the postseason with a 25-save performance in Friday's 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames at the United Center. "I thought he was outstanding," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought he was sharp, quick and he had some high quality opportunities against him. He anticipated well. I thought he had a good finish, but the last couple games were outstanding. "The consistency of our goaltending has been the strength of our team." The Hawks (36-6-5) finished the home portion of their schedule 19-3-2, taking 40 out of a possible 48 points. They close out the season Saturday night at St. Louis, where Carter Hutton is expected to make his NHL debut while Crawford gets the night off. "These games still mean a lot," Crawford said. "We want to be playing our best hockey and we don't want to take anything too lightly. It's hard when you get away from your game to try to get it going again, especially in the playoffs." Crawford will finish the season 19-5-5. "I felt really good," Crawford said. "The last few games have gone really well for me, not just me, the team too. It's nice to finish strong and carry some momentum into the playoffs." The Hawks still don't know which team they will face in the first round and won't until the games on Saturday are complete. Minnesota missed a chance to clinch a playoff spot in the Western Conference by choking at home Friday in a 6-1 loss to Edmonton. The Wild close their regular season Saturday at Colorado while Detroit plays at Dallas and Columbus hosts Nashville.
Strong finish to season for Corey Crawford
Daily Herald | Apr 28