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NHL: Corey Crawford leads Blackhawks past Kings 3-1 in Game 1

NHL » Goalkeeper makes 25 saves in Chicago’s 3-1 win over L.A.

By JAY COHEN

The Associated Press

First Published May 18 2014 06:04 pm • Last Updated May 18 2014 10:57 pm

Chicago • Corey Crawford is playing so well right now that nothing seems to bother him. When the Chicago Blackhawks had a goal waved off in the second period Sunday, Crawford picked up the slack for his disappointed teammates.

Crawford made 25 saves, Jonathan Toews had a big goal in the third and the Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 in Game 1 of the Western Conference final.

At a glance

NHL playoffs

O Sunday

» Chicago 3, L.A. 1 Blackhawks lead series 1-0

Monday

» N.Y. Rangers at Montreal, 6 p.m., NBCSN

Rangers lead series 1-0

Eastern Conference finals

MONTREAL VS.N.Y. RANGERS

Saturday » N.Y. Rangers 7, Montreal 2

Rangers lead series 1-0

Monday » at Montreal, 6 p.m., NBCSN

Thursday » at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m., NBCSN

Sunday, May 25 » at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m., NBCSN

x-Tuesday, May 27 » at Montreal, 6 p.m., NBCSN

x-Thursday, May 29 » at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m., NBCSN

x-Saturday, May 31 » at Montreal, 6 p.m., NBCSN

Western Conference finals

Chicago vs.Los angeles

Sunday » Chicago 3, Los Angeles 1

Blackhawks lead series 1-0

Wednesday » at Chicago, 6 p.m., NBCSN

Saturday » at Los Angeles, 6 p.m., NBCSN

Monday, May 26 » at Los Angeles, 7 p.m., NBCSN

x-Wednesday, May 28 » at Chicago, 6 p.m., NBCSN

x-Friday, May 30 » at Los Angeles, 7 p.m., NBCSN

x-Sunday, June 1 » at Chicago, 6 p.m., NBCSN

x-if necessary

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"Confidence has always been there," Crawford said. "Really the first thing is being prepared, having that preparation to try and have my game at the highest level it can be each time I get out there."

He is on quite a roll right now, allowing only one goal in each of the past three games. The 29-year-old Crawford leads the NHL with a 1.90 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage in the playoffs.

"He does a good job of never getting too high or too low because tomorrow’s another day," teammate Brandon Saad said. "He did a great job tonight."

Saad had a goal and an assist for defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, which remained perfect in seven home playoff games this year. Duncan Keith had a tiebreaking score in the third period.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night.




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