Corey Crawford Posts Remarkable Four Shutouts in a Row as ’12-’13 Blackhawks Defeat ’96-’97 Devils in Six Games

Goaltender Corey Crawford  did what no goaltender has ever done in NHL history, posted four consecutive shutouts.    via blackhawkup.com

Goaltender Corey Crawford did what no goaltender has ever done in NHL history, posted four consecutive shutouts. via blackhawkup.com

Not much else to say here except that Corey Crawford went HAM in this series. The 6th-seeded ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks defeated the 11th-seeded ’96-’97 New Jersey Devils in six games despite only scoring 13 goals in the series. After the Devils took Game’s 1 and 2 in Chicago by a combined 6-2, New Jersey would not score a goal the rest of the series. Chicago’s offense was a bit stifled by the future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur and only scored more than one goal in a single period twice and never scored more than three goals in a game.

The Blackhawks’ offense was lead by the usual suspects in this series. Patrick Kane led them in points posting two goals and five assists for seven points. Kane assisted on Chicago’s only goals in Game’s 1 and 2. Captain Jonathan Toews posted two goals and four assists for six points in the series with both of his goals came on the power play. Defenseman Michal Rozsival made a bit of a surprising offensive contribution with his four assists. Rozsival also led the Blackhawks with his +4 plus/minus rating. As stated before, Blackhawk goaltender Corey Crawford won them this series. He posted four straight shutouts, which has never been done in NHL history. Overall he posted a 1.00 goals against average and a .957 save percentage.

The Devils scored just six goals in this series and all six were scored by different players. Among the six different goal scorers was Doug Gilmour, who finished this tournament as the Devils’ leading scorer and posted just one goal and one assist for two points in the six games. Defenseman Scott Stevens actually led the Devils in points this series with three points, all assists. Stevens was also one of just a few Devils to finish above even in plus/minus which is not exactly surprising since they were shutout the final four games of the series. In net, Brodeur had yet another very good series. He posted a 2.17 goals against average with a .929 save percentage and finished the tournament with a 1.75 goals against average with a .942 save percentage, which are both among the tournament leaders.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. CHI – G – Corey Crawford – 4-2-0   1.00 GAA   .957 SV%   4 SO   12 Star Points
  2. NJD – G – Martin Brodeur – 2-4-0   2.17 GAA   .929 SV%   7 Star Points
  3. CHI – C – Jonathan Toews – 2 G   4 A   6 P   +3   24 S   4 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#11 ‘96-’97 Devils 2 1 1 4
#6 ‘12-’13 Blackhawks 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:   NJD – 4   CHI – 1   (1-0 NJD)

1st Period:

  • NJD Goal: V. Zelepukin (1) assisted by S. Niedermayer (2)
  • NJD Goal: D. Andreychuk (2) assisted by D. Gilmour (4), S. Stevens (5)
  • CHI Goal: B. Saad (3) assisted by P. Kane (6), M. Rozsival (2)

2nd Period:

  • NJD Goal: S. Sullivan (1) assisted by S. Niedermayer (3), B. Holik (1)

3rd Period:

  • NJD Goal: B. Rolston (1) assisted by S. Stevens (6), J. Pandolfo (1)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#11 ‘96-’97 Devils 1 1 0 2
#6 ‘12-’13 Blackhawks 0 0 1 1

GAME SUMMARY:   NJD – 2   CHI – 1   (2-0 NJD)

1st Period:

  • NJD Goal: B. Holik (3) assisted by V. Zelepukin (3)

2nd Period:

  • NJD Goal: D. Gilmour (6) assisted by S. Stevens (7)

3rd Period:

  • CHI PP-Goal: A. Shaw (1) assisted by P. Kane (7), J. Toews (4)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#6 ‘12-’13 Blackhawks 0 1 2 3
#11 ‘96-’97 Devils 0 0 0 0

GAME SUMMARY:   CHI – 3   NJD – 0   (2-1 CHI)

1st Period:

2nd Period:

  • CHI Goal: V. Stalberg (1) assisted by D. Bolland (1), B. Seabrook (1)

3rd Period:

  • CHI Goal: B. Saad (4) assisted by P. Kane (8), J. Toews (5)
  • CHI Goal: B. Bickell (2) assisted by M. Rozsival (3), M. Hossa (1)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#6 ‘12-’13 Blackhawks 0 0 2 2
#11 ‘96-’97 Devils 0 0 0 0

GAME SUMMARY:   CHI – 2   NJD – 0   (2-2 tie)

1st Period:

2nd Period:

3rd Period:

  • CHI PP-Goal: A. Shaw (2) assisted by J. Toews (6)
  • CHI PP-Goal: J. Toews (7) assisted by P. Kane (9), B. Bickell (3)

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#11 ‘96-’97 Devils 0 0 0 0
#6 ‘12-’13 Blackhawks 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:   CHI – 3   NJD – 0   (3-2 CHI)

1st Period:

  • CHI Goal: N. Leddy (1) assisted by P. Sharp (1), J. Oduya (4)

2nd Period:

  • CHI Goal: V. Stalberg (2) assisted by B. Seabrook (2)

3rd Period:

  • CHI Goal: P. Kane (3) assisted by M. Rozsival (4), N. Hjalmarsson (2)

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#6 ‘12-’13 Blackhawks 1 1 1 3
#11 ‘96-’97 Devils 0 0 0 0

GAME SUMMARY:   CHI – 3   NJD – 0   (4-2 CHI)

1st Period:

  • CHI Goal: B. Bickell (3) assisted by A. Shaw (2)

2nd Period:

  • CHI Goal: P. Kane (4) assisted by B. Saad (7), J. Toews (7)

3rd Period:

  • CHI PP-Goal: J. Toews (8) assisted by P. Kane (10), B. Seabrook (3)

After an incredible goaltending performance, the 6th-seeded ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks are onto the Quarterfinals where they will face the 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames who clipped the #3 seed, the ’07-’08 Detroit Red Wings, in six games.

Up next in the 3rd Round is a matchup between the 4th-seeded ’73-’74 Boston Bruins and the 20th-seeded ’02-’03 Dallas Stars.

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