By Allan Muir
Here is a completely subjective look at some of the key elements in Chicago’s Stanley Cup-clinching 3-2 Game 6 win over the Boston Bruins:
Corey Crawford, Chicago: If there was one box left unchecked on Crawford’s record during these playoffs, it was that he’d yet to steal a game like all the great keepers had. We can’t say that anymore. Tonight, he was Glenn Hall and Tony Esposito wrapped up in one glorious goaltending package during a first-period assault that saw him singlehandedly repel the black and gold hordes. While his teammates struggled to match Boston’s intensity, Crawford battled to track the puck through a forest of bodies out front and consistently controlled his rebounds, limiting the second and third chances that haunted him at times during this postseason. Those early frustrations seemed to eat away at Boston’s confidence, leading them to over-pass or get a little too cute with their shots as the game progressed.