By Chris Kuc
With his stick having been jarred out of his hands and lying of no use to him in the corner, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford only looked helpless when the Canadiens raced short-handed into the offensive zone.
Crawford made an initial stop on a rather weak Brandon Prust second-period breakaway attempt but it was the save on the rebound that left the Bell Centre crowd stunned and the Hawks still in their game Saturday night against the Canadiens.
While sprawled across the crease, Crawford miraculously flashed his left skate to get a piece of a Lars Eller shot toward the gaping net that immediately became the Hawks’ save of the season and it will be tough to top the rest of the way. That it came in a game where every save mattered in a thrilling Original Six showdown made Crawford’s effort that much more important.
But indicative of the way things have gone lately for the Hawks, Crawford’s stop only helped the Hawks secure one point as their offense continued to struggle during a 2-1 overtime loss to the Canadiens.