It's a battle in front of the net, and you have to always expect it. You know they are going to try to engage you so be prepared. Be strong on your feet and on your stick and win the positional battle. Get low and own the space. The more you play the better you get a feel for and are better able to maintain your balance through contact. Or just pray for some help from the refs.
when positioning yourself in front of the net, widen your stance to make a triangle/tripod with your feet to make an upside down V and lean forward a bit on your stick and you should be able to absorb most of that crosscheck when it does come. Unless its a Pronger-like penalty worthy crosscheck.
Or watch Tomas Holmstrom from the Red Wings in a game
From 5 seconds on in this clip too, #96 - they even slow it down later in the video too, you can see him setting up in front of the opposing defenseman: