After a miserable start to the 2015 playoffs, Corey Crawford has rebounded to lead the Blackhawks back into the Stanley Cup Final. And his performance in Game One is arguably the biggest reason Chicago takes a 1-0 series lead into Saturday night’s Game Two in Tampa.
But, as we’ve seen since he took over the crease in 2011, Crawford plays extremely well when the lights are brightest.
- Backs Against the Wall
Since 2011, Crawford has led the Blackhawks into 14 games in which his team could be eliminated from the postseason. In those games, Crawford has stopped 403 of 437 shots (.922 save percentage). The Blackhawks are 11-3 in those games.
- End of the Road
Crawford has now appeared in three Western Conference Final series, winning two and losing last year’s heart breaking Game Seven to the eventual champion LA Kings. Crawford has also now played in seven Stanley Cup Final games. In 26 games (19 in conference finals, seven Cup finals), Crawford has posted a .913 save percentage.
- Coffee is for Closers
Since 2011, Crawford and the Blackhawks have played 11 games in which they could close out an opponent. In those games, Crawford has stopped 317 of 339 shots (.935 save percentage), and the Blackhawks are 9-2 (the two losses being Game Sevens against Vancouver in 2011 and Los Angeles last year).
- Killer at Home
Crawford has been significantly better at home than on the road (which should concern Tampa after his performance in Game One). Over the last two years, Crawford has a .907 save percentage on the road and a .925 save percentage at home. This season, Crawford has posted a .936 save percentage at home and the Blackhawks have won five of the six home games in which Crawford has appeared.