The NHL season just ended Saturday night, but the Chicago Blackhawks have already collected some hardware as goaltender Corey Crawford won the William Jennings Trophy for the second time in his career.
The award, which goes to the goaltender whose team allows the fewest goals during the regular season, will be shared by Crawford and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. Both teams allowed 189 goals during the regular season, marking the first time since the 2002-03 season that goaltenders from different squads have shared the award.
In order to be eligible for the Jennings, a goaltender has to play in at least 25 games for their team, and Price and Crawford were the only players to qualify for the award from their respective teams.
Price is considered a serious contender for the Hart Trophy (given to the NHL’s MVP) this season, going 44-16-6 with a 1.96 GAA and a .933 save percentage. He also picked up nine shutouts for the Canadiens this season, helping lead them to the Atlantic Division title. The Canadiens will play the red-hot Ottawa Senators in the first round of the postseason, which begins Wednesday.
As for Crawford, he missed some time this season with a lower-body injury, but he still put together one of the best seasons of his career. He had a 32-20-5 record with a 2.27 GAA and a .924 save percentage for the Blackhawks. The award is the second of his career, as he also won during the lockout-shortened 2013 season, sharing the trophy with Ray Emery.