Originally written February 18, 2012 on centericechat.com:
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Just days ago the Chicago Blackhawks faithful were asking for answers to the tailspin that was an eight-game losing streak. They contained the New York Rangers, and followed up by closing the road trip with a win in Columbus today against the Blue Jackets. Corey Crawford earned his second consecutive win Saturday against the Blue Jackets in Columbus as the Blackhawks won 6-1. Sure, the Blue Jackets aren’t the top of the crop. But a 6-1 win. Chicago just didn’t beat a team they’re suppose to beat. They trumped a team they’re suppose to beat. It must feel pretty good. Just ask net minder Corey Crawford. Actions speak louder than words in some cases. For the sophomore goalie, those actions amassed 55 saves and three goals against in back-to-back starts. Crawford stymied the Rangers with 22 saves while acting as a brick wall against the Blue Jackets with 33 saves. The win against the Rangers was a much-needed swing of momentum and perhaps a case of pucks bouncing the right way — on both ends of the ice. Meanwhile, today’s win against the Blue Jackets is exactly what Crawford needs: confidence-building. He had plenty of that last season behind some great defence. Defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Steve Montrador both missed fourth consecutive games with upper-body injuries. Credit to Crawford, as he’s been able to do his job with the likes of Dylan Olsen and John Scott picking up their games on the blue line.   Matthew Wilson is editor of Center Ice Chat. Follow him on Twitter @Mattjw24. Be sure to also Like us on Facebook and to Follow our Tumblr page. If you'd like to contribute, or appear as a guest columnist, please email us at CenterIceChat@gmail.com.
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