Corey Crawford is a three year veteran of the NHL. After taking over the starting job for the Blackhawks in the 2010-11 season, he has led the Hawks to three straight playoff appearances, losing in the first round to the Vancouver Canucks in 7 games in 2011 and to the Phoenix Coyotes in 6 games last season. This past season he posted a record of 19-5-5, with a save percentage of .926 and a goals against average of 1.94
Head coach Joel Quenneville did, in fact, have a very difficult decision to make heading into the playoffs though. Despite Crawford starting most of the season, his backup, Ray Emery, had an incredible season as well. Playing 21 games for the Hawks, Emery went 17-1, also recording a GAA of 1.94 on top of a save percentage of .922, just .004 below Crawford’s.
Quenneville went with Crawford, and the decision has so far proved to be the right one, as Crawford has gone 7-1 in his past eight starts, and has put the Blackhawks back into the Stanley Cup Finals.