Corey Crawford showed for the third straight game -- in four days, no less -- that the Chicago Blackhawks shouldn't hit the panic button, just yet.
Althought it was close, but should the sophomore goalie's three-game performance of prowess send him in the clear to retain the No. 1 crease gig from here on out?
Crawford was losing grip of the starter job, and Ray Emery was given a shot from training camp to be on board, and seize that opportunity if Crawford faltered.
Well, he more than faltered. And Emery was nowhere around to be found to shoulder the honour. As a result, the Blackhawks went from first to sixth in a nine-game skid with both goalies unable to win.
The cards played in Crawford's favour as he was the first one to get them back on track, and he's kept with it over the last three games -- and two of the games (Rangers and Blues) were well-earned victories.
Crawford's stopped 84 of 88 in the last three games. And his only goal allowed Sunday, was very questionable. It happened with less than a minute left in the first period as Jamie Langenbrunner kicked a puck from inside the crease while Andy McDonald cut through the Chicago defense to tap the puck in. (See video above.)
Crawford played shutout hockey aside from that goal, which was also a result of a defensive lapse.
He stood tall while the Blackhawks were out shot 15-4 in just the first period and stopped 29 of 30 in that game.
"I've been able to be more in control, not sliding around as much, (and) I've been pretty focused," Crawford said. "This team, we have so much skill that I think eventually we're going to score one. We've just got to build off these wins.
It looks like the Blackhawks may finally have settled the murmurs of a need for a goalie before trade deadline.
But should Chicago still entertain for a backup, and lay some prospects on the offer sheet in return?