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Shots on Goal: Chicago’s Crawford vs Boston’s Thomas

Shots on Goal: Chicago’s Crawford vs Boston’s Thomas

Thomas and the Bruins skated to a 3-0 win over the Blackhawks Tuesday night as they now start to prepare for the postseason while Chicago tries to distance themselves from Calgary for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference.

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Corey Crawford  

Crawford (30-16-5), who less than 24 hours earlier backstopped his Blackhawks to 3-2 overtime win in Detroit, started his 21st game in a row for Chicago and stopped 31 of 34 shots on goal.

“No, I felt good. I felt good.” Crawford said when asked if he thought playing 21 games in a row affected his performance. “You know, I was focused and I was seeing the puck pretty well. They got a couple bounces, a couple weird ones. They played hard all game, they worked for their chances and they crashed the net hard.”

Tim Thomas

Thomas recorded his ninth shutout of the season and won his fourth straight game Tuesday with an 0.50 GAA in those games, a run InGoal argued should end any questions about who wins the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie.

This was his second shutout in his last three starts and 26th of his career, which ties Gerry Cheevers for fourth place on the teams all time shutout list.

With the shutout, Thomas lowered his league-leading GAA to 1.96 and his league-best save percentage to .940.

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  1. paul szabo

    Interesting that Crawford, unlike so many young goalies, wears his pads quite tight- as shown by Scott’s photo of the back of his legs. It is always a trade off- easier rotation when worn loose vs. the knee landing correctly plus less sloppiness on pushes, stops and starts and lateral movement when tight.

    Maybe is is the colour, but they look even less than 11″ wide. If one takes a look at the guys in the 90’s (check this link) it is almost ridiculous:

    http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=670062&page=7