Poll: Who was the MVP for the Blackhawks in the 2014 playoffs?
Now that the season has officially come to a close there are many questions to be answered. While we’ll spend plenty of time analyzing the good, the bad and the ugly, lets take a look at who the key player was for the Blackhawks in the 2014 playoffs.
Jonathan Toews: The award for most goals in the postseason ended with Toews at nine, which ranked second in the NHL in the playoffs. He led the Blackhawks with a 27.3 shooting percentage. Toews had two power play goals, a short-handed goal as well as one goal in overtime. Toews was consistent throughout the playoffs, proving why he’s the Blackhawks captain. He won 54.5 percent of faceoffs.
Jonathan Toews: 9th goal of playoffs, has scored a point in each of his last 5 games for Blackhawks
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 2, 2014
Patrick Kane: Kane ended the postseason leading the Blackhawks with 20 points with his eight goals and 12 assists. His shooting percentage ended at 13.8 and he tied Jonathan Toews with his game winning goals at four. While Kane was in a slump at the onset of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Kings, he came through in games five through seven when he was needed most. Kane also had two of his goals in overtime.
— NHL (@NHL) May 31, 2014
Andrew Shaw: While Shaw only ended the playoffs with two goals and six assists, he missed nearly a month of the playoffs. He played a crucial role in the last several games of the Western Conference Finals and added the energy and intensity that the team had been lacking. In the last three games of the series against the Los Angeles Kings, Shaw had four assists. He also won 46.1 percent of faceoffs. Shaw became a critical component in what became a successful line; Saad-Shaw-Kane.
— Jeff Nuich (@JeffNuich) June 2, 2014
Brandon Saad: Six goals, 10 assists and a game winner, Saad became a clutch player for the Blackhawks this postseason. He ended the playoffs second in the league with a plus-10 and made 17.1 percent of his shots taken. He started to really come through when the Hawks needed him most, and of course being paired with Shaw and Kane had a big impact.
— NHL (@NHL) May 30, 2014
Corey Crawford: In his 19 postseason games this year, Crawford ended with one shutout and 52 goals allowed. He ranked second in the league this postseason with his 538 saves, which puts some fault on the defense for allowing so much time close to the net. He also ended sixth in the league with his .912 save percentage. Crawford ended at a 2.53 goals against average. While he made very key saves when we needed him, he still fell short. The Kings score four or more goals in five of the seven games in the Western Conference Finals.
Corey Crawford is 9-2 in elimination games. According to Elias Sports Bureau, his .818 W% in that situation is the highest in #NHL history.
— Brian Hedger (@BrianHedger) May 31, 2014