Found February 14, 2013 on NESN.com:
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Most teams in the NHL have only played about 12 or 13 games this season, but considering we’re dealing with a lockout-shortened schedule, we’re already at the quarter point of the season. That being the case, it’s the perfect time for some reflection. Here’s a look at three big surprises in the early part of the season: Chicago Blackhawks Sure, we all understood that the Blackhawks were a capable team heading into the season and one that could possibly contend for a Stanley Cup if they caught some breaks. However, we’re a quarter of the way through the regular season and nobody thought the Blackhawks would be this good. Chicago is the only team in the NHL that has yet to lose in regulation. Their 44 goals scored are the most in the West but nobody questioned their offense. The real difference has been the performance of goaltender Corey Crawford. After posting a 2.72 GAA and a .903 save percentage last season, Crawford has stepped up his game in a big way. He has a case to make for ...
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