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“There’s no sense in wasting energy to complain or whine about” too many men, Crawford said. “We’ve got a job to do, to try and kill it off.”

Crawford caught a shot by Brad Marchand in the second overtime, and had a nifty kick save on an attempt by Rich Peverley. And he made some of his best plays of the night in the third overtime period, helping the Blackhawks kill off a penalty and then stopping two shots from close range by Krejci.

The first, less than four minutes into the third OT, might have been Krejci’s best chance, taken straight on, from right between the circles. But Crawford coolly dropped to his knees and smothered it with his pads. Less than two minutes later, he knocked a hard shot by Krecji away with his left glove.

“It’s exhausting,” Crawford admitted. “I just try to tell myself to make the next save, and we’re going to score on our next shot.”

The closest the Bruins got to Crawford in overtime was at the end of the second OT, when Boston was on the power play. Standing just in front of the near blue line, bruising Zdeno Chara hit a laser and Crawford could only look at it as it rocketed toward him.

But it banked off the inside right post and Crawford never faltered again.

“They had a lot of chances,” Brandon Saad said. “It was kind of a back and forth game there, and Crawford came up big for us.”