By Allan Muir
Here is a completely subjective look at some of the key elements in Chicago’s series-tying 6-5 overtime win over Boston in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final:
Corey Crawford, Chicago: Sure, he let in one fewer than the other guy and made a couple of huge stops along the way, including a ten-bell special on a Brad Marchand one-timer just moments before Brent Seabrook scored the game winner. But honestly, does any red-clad Hawks fan feel comfortable with Crawford having to win two of the next three games after he was beaten high glove FIVE TIMES tonight? Let’s write off Johnny Boychuk’s goal that tied the contest up in the third: That was a V-2 from the high slot that no one stops unless it hits him. The other four though? The Bruins recognized and took advantage of a clear weakness. They’re not going to go easy on him the rest of the way.
His salvation? Crawford got plenty of run support tonight. If he doesn’t, the talk would have been about replacing him with Ray Emery in Game 5. D