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.
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.”
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.