The Chicago Blackhawks needed a victory on Friday night over the St. Louis Blues to even up their series, and that’s exactly what they got in a 3-2 win at Scottrade Center.
While the victory over the Blues is a tremendous boost to their chances, as it gives them home-ice advantage in the series, it represents an even more significant milestone for goaltender Corey Crawford.
With his win on Friday, Crawford has passed Tony Esposito and become the winningest postseason goaltender in Blackhawks history. The duo were tied at 45 wins apiece after Crawford helped lead the Blackhawks to the 2015 Stanley Cup championship, but Crawford grabbed win number 46 with his triumph over the Blues in Game 2.
Crawford reached the milestone in just 78 career playoff games (76 starts), while it took Esposito 99 games to get to his record.
Crawford also has the distinction of winning two Stanley Cup championships with the team, while Esposito lost in both Stanley Cup Final series that he appeared in. Esposito also had a goals against average of 3.01 during his legendary career, and Crawford’s total is currently at 2.20.
Unfortunately for Crawford, he still has a long ways to go before he can set an NHL record for most career playoff wins, as Patrick Roy racked up a staggering 151 in his career with the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche.