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06-14-2013, 05:46 PM
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He is like a completely different goalie this year. Somehow the lightbulb has went on for him. Myself, I am shocked at how good he has become because prior to this year, goalie was totally the hawks weak spot IMO.

Hawk fans kept thinking it was a mirage and kept expecting him to go back to some of his old ways but it hasnt happened. Since taking over the departed Niemi's starting spot, the weak goals he gave up in the playoffs took us out of the playoffs two years in a row, especially 2 straight OT losses, I believe he let the first shot in and was riddled with boos after that.

He still lets the occasionally sofite in like any goalie does, but does not let him devistate him like he did in the past. And his puck handling skills have improved seemingly out of nowhere. He looks like Marty Turco now and his puck handling behind the net has helped thwart the opponents forecheck all playoffs. He credits Turco with helping him in this area.

Id say he is getting close to being a Top 10 goalie in the league now and if he continues to play like this next year he might even make top 5.
Crawford was only reason the Hawks almost beat Nucks in game 7 ,, He did nothing wrong in that game

As for OP . The reason everyone doubted Crawford was because of how much of a disaster he was last year (Especially in playoffs)

He has redeemed himself for that disgrace and proven he can be a capable #1

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06-14-2013, 05:48 PM
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Eh....I've watched Crawford throughout the playoffs and he's made some great saves. You can have the best D in the world, you'll still be required to make tough saves. Crawford is a top 15 goalie playing like a top 5 at this point.
I don't disagree with that.

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Crawford was only reason the Hawks almost beat Nucks in game 7 ,, He did nothing wrong in that game
crawford put your team on the chopping block in the first place lmfao

he let a goal in game 7 OT

luongo made a giant save in OT

dunno what you classify wrong as but that wasnt right

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It seems CC is one of those goalies who will have doubters no matter what they do. People love to point to last season and completely ignore his rookie season, where he was one of the reasons the Hawks pushed the Canucks to game 7 and had overall a pretty good season.

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Yes, his performance up to this point merits it. Where he ranks among starters is still up for discussion, but he should be accepted as a starting goalie.

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06-14-2013, 06:15 PM
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crawford put your team on the chopping block in the first place lmfao

he let a goal in game 7 OT

luongo made a giant save in OT

dunno what you classify wrong as but that wasnt right
Crawford failed to stop a great Burrows shot after a awful Campoli turnover ,, How is that his fault?

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06-14-2013, 06:24 PM
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crawford put your team on the chopping block in the first place lmfao

he let a goal in game 7 OT

luongo made a giant save in OT

dunno what you classify wrong as but that wasnt right
I am by no means a huge crawford fan, but is this guy serious?

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06-14-2013, 06:24 PM
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crawford put your team on the chopping block in the first place lmfao

he let a goal in game 7 OT

luongo made a giant save in OT

dunno what you classify wrong as but that wasnt right
Are you seriously talking about goalies putting teams on the chopping block after the Canucks supposed elite goalie Schnieder left the rebound puck floating in crease for 5 seconds on the Sharks series winning goal?

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06-14-2013, 06:28 PM
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He's taken a lot of critism saying how he wasnt good enough. The guy has been a rock for the Hawks all year from day one of training camp. He isnt flashy, nor will he win a vezina, but he very rarely gives up bad goals.
Probably looks like our #1 goalie in Russia next year as of right now. Only other goalies who could get it might be Price or Luongo. He's for sure a #1 goalie don't think many are questioning that now.

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06-14-2013, 06:46 PM
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Crawford just looks really awkward in net, maybe its because of those long pads that he employs, but he gets the job done, and Chicago is a good fit for him.

He doesn't always have to be the best player on the team in order to win, but he has the ability to do that (as seen in game 1 and especially OT). He may also be prone to the odd weak goal, but the club has the skill to bail him out most of the time.

Id say hes a #1 goalie. Maybe not a top 10, but an adequate starter


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06-14-2013, 06:59 PM
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On a team other than the Blackhawks, no.

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It's only on account of how well Emery played that people are saying that.

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He's taken a lot of critism saying how he wasnt good enough. The guy has been a rock for the Hawks all year from day one of training camp. He isnt flashy, nor will he win a vezina, but he very rarely gives up bad goals.
I vividly remember the majority of Hawks fans on this board calling for his head last year. They wanted every available goalie to replace him. Oh what a difference a year makes.

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06-14-2013, 07:36 PM
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I'm not so sure I agree with that, but his ability to bounce back from said bad goals and not let them dictate his play afterwards is astonishing. Mentally, Crawford is miles ahead of where he was last year.
This and the play in front of him for the biggest reasons for his success. Occasionally he'll let in softie (who doesn't?), but this year can bounce back and be stellar where in the past it was a tell-tale sign he would be a sieve for the entire game. Mentally he's much tougher, but I think his and the team's start had a lot to do with that and he's continued it throughout the year.

Corey's been nothing short of cash money in these playoffs. He deserves a lot of praise right now.

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06-14-2013, 07:54 PM
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his career path so far kind of reminds me of jimmy howard

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crawford put your team on the chopping block in the first place lmfao

he let a goal in game 7 OT

luongo made a giant save in OT

dunno what you classify wrong as but that wasnt right
Talk about putting your team on the chopping block. The Canucks had a 3-0 series lead. The Blackhawks had no business being in overtime. Luongo would have never had to make a save in OT if he didn't choke away that lead.

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Of course he's a #1. He is already quite clearly a top-15 goalie into the league and if he continues his great play for the rest of this series, I'd put him right around 9 or 10.

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06-14-2013, 08:07 PM
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Hes a #1 goalie.

I wouldnt have said that before the season(on the bubble maybe) but hes proven himself, yes hes on a great team but still, he playing just as well as the team in front of him.

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On a team other than the Blackhawks, no.
D-, See me after class

I'd love to see you actually think this through and give a list of teams that would not take Crawford over their current starter. I'll give you extra credit.

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06-14-2013, 08:48 PM
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Gave up a soft goal to Lucic in the 2nd period, but that being said he's obviously a number one goalie. It's almost impossible to get to the SCF without a number one goalie and the Hawks are here. Not saying he's the top reason why, but he's obviously a big part of it.

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06-14-2013, 11:38 PM
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crawford put your team on the chopping block in the first place lmfao

he let a goal in game 7 OT

luongo made a giant save in OT

dunno what you classify wrong as but that wasnt right
Didn't Luongo let in like 12 goals in 2 games in that series to let Chicago back into the series

And then your other goalie hurt himself in a penalty shot.

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06-15-2013, 03:37 AM
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his career path so far kind of reminds me of jimmy howard
I'd say Chris Osgood, so far. Both won an early cup as a backup. Crawford is expected to be good, not great, like osgood was for most of his career, and even though its early in crawford's career, he's had plenty of ups and downs, just like osgood in his career

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Gave up a soft goal to Lucic in the 2nd period, but that being said he's obviously a number one goalie. It's almost impossible to get to the SCF without a number one goalie and the Hawks are here. Not saying he's the top reason why, but he's obviously a big part of it.
I don't know if I qualify that as soft. Lucic was in a scoring position, and got his shot off quick. To me, a soft goal stems out of what should be an easy save. I just don't see that lucic one timer as an easy save. Its debatable at the very least.

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Didn't Luongo let in like 12 goals in 2 games in that series to let Chicago back into the series

And then your other goalie hurt himself in a penalty shot.
I think Schneider got a panic attack.

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I personally put him in the "lower-tier" of starters.

Somewhere between 30-20th in the league. Having said that he has been quite good this year so getting into that Top 15 discussion isn't out of the question.
Quite good? That's a pretty underwhelming choice of words.

93.6% / 1.73 GAA in the playoffs and 92.6% / 1.94 GAA in the regular season is in my opinion a little better than "quite good". I do agree with the "top 15 playing like a top 5"-statement.

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06-15-2013, 05:48 AM
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you guys are quite off topic talking about schnieder and luongo. The only mention of them would be is to compare their stats as the see how crawford matches up against a veteran netminder in Luongo or an riser in schnieder who are both considered #1s.

Other than that, crawford is an average - slightly above average #1 goalie. He could very well be underrated when his career is done like Chris Osgood.

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