Have the Blackhawks already shut the door on next season’s playoffs? The Corey Crawford decision suggests they might have.

If it had to be his last win in a Blackhawks uniform, his last chance to celebrate with Chicago, Corey Crawford couldn’t have picked a better final bow than his 48-save jewel in a Game 4 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights in August.



a person riding skis down a snow covered slope: Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford makes a save in the first period against the Predators on Feb. 21, 2020, at the United Center.


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Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford makes a save in the first period against the Predators on Feb. 21, 2020, at the United Center.

That night, the two-time Stanley Cup champion posted a 48-save night in the final postseason game with the Blackhawks, which included 96 playoff games during a 13-year career. Another great performances came when he faced 52 shots in an overtime loss to the Blues on April 17, 2014, .

Vintage Crawford.

But ultimately the Hawks lost that series to the Knights in five games and surprised some by even making it that far in the postseason.

It

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