ST. LOUIS — Corey Crawford has the Chicago Blackhawks on an early season roll.
Crawford stopped 27 shots and Artemi Panarin scored 25 seconds into overtime, leading the Blackhawks over the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight win.
Crawford won his sixth consecutive game while improving to 15-5-5 against the Blues.
Chicago has earned a point in nine straight games, thanks in part to Crawford, who has given up just six goals in his last six contests.
“He’s been phenomenal,” Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook said. “He’s been the backbone.”
Crawford made 11 stops in the third period, including a sliding kick save on Vladimir Tarasenko while nursing a 1-0 lead.
“I’m in a good spot right now,” Crawford said. “I feel good. I’m reading plays (well). I’m patient when I have to be and aggressive when it’s time.”
Crawford is 7-3-1 this season.
“He has been outstanding,…