Is Corey Crawford among NHL's elite goaltenders?

Is Corey Crawford among NHL's elite goaltenders?
May 16, 2014, 10:30 pm
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C. Roumeliotis

Corey Crawford has registered an 8-4 record, 1.97 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage in 14 playoff games so far this season while leading the Blackhawks to their second consecutive Western Conference Final appearance.

Even though the 29-year old goaltender captured his first Stanley Cup a year ago, the critics are still there and likely won't go away any time soon.

Crawford ranks fourth in franchise history with 29 playoff wins — behind Tony Esposito (45), Ed Belfour (35), Glenn Hall (31) — and a 2.02 GAA throughout his postseason career.

So, is Crawford among the NHL's elite at the goaltender position?

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"I don't know who in this town in their right mind would not think Corey Crawford is at least one of the best goaltenders in the NHL," said CSN's Luke Stuckmeyer on Friday's SportsTalk Live.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews believes Crawford's job is getting tougher by the game, and admits his goaltender continues to play at a higher level as the stage gets bigger.

"It doesn't seem like it gets any easier for him, but he keeps rising to those challenges," Toews said. "He keeps picking his game up and improving in so many ways, especially mentally."

You can check out the full debate from the SportsTalk Live panel above.