Crawford's Sharper Focus Paying Dividends

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Byline: Tim Sassone tsassone@dailyherald.com

So far, so good for Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.

Crawford is off to a 2-0 start and is making good on his vow to be a more consistent goaltender.

"He's had a nice approach," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Over the summer we talked about it that guys coming off a top rookie season, it seems like that second year is kind of tough. All the top goalies that had really strong rookie years it seems that the expectations are there the following year. I'm not saying he wasn't at the same level, but it was a challenging year for him.

"He has an appetite to get back to that top level in the league of top goaltenders. He wants to play, and I think we've seen some good improvement right from the start of training camp here. When I say improvement, he's ready to start the season and take that responsibility."

Crawford said after beating the Blues that his preparation is better this year along with his focus.

"I feel really good," Crawford said. "I said last game (at Los Angeles) I was really focused and I was able to carry that into this game. My preparation has been a little bit better this year. It's just the little things that are helping. …