SportsPulse: NHL insider Kevin Allen details the early success from Tampa Bay and St. Louis to start the season, as well as how dire the Vegas’ goalie situation has become.
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ST. PAUL (AP) — For a team not scoring a lot of goals, the Blackhawks are managing just fine — thanks to Corey Crawford.
Crawford made 24 saves for his second straight shutout, Artem Anisimov scored a power-play goal with 5:42 left in the third period, and Chicago beat the Minnesota Wild 2-0 on Saturday night.
“Those games are fun against that team. It seems like they’re always close games, intense. The crowds are always into it, so that makes it fun,” Crawford said.
Crawford, who lowered his goals-against average to a league-best 1.75 and increased his save percentage to a second-best .945, made his best stop early in the third when he got his glove up to thwart a breakaway by Eric Staal. He stacked the pads to stop Jared Spurgeon a short time…