Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford injured against Panthers

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Corey Crawford had to leave Sunday’s game against the Florida Panthers with 6:15 left in the first period after injuring himself while making a pad save. He tried to get up, but was unable to, and eventually had to be helped off the ice by Brent Seabrook and an athletic trainer.

Antti Raanta came in to replace Crawford, who was officially deemed out for the game with a lower-body injury. A source said the Hawks believed it was a groin injury, though the severity was not yet known.

The Hawks have been without original backup Nikolai Khabibulin since he was hurt in similar fashion on Nov. 16. Should Crawford miss any time, the most likely call-up from Rockford would be Kent Simpson, who is 6-7-0 with a 3.38 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage in 15 starts with the IceHogs. The Hawks could also sign or trade for a goalie, of course.

Crawford entered Sunday’s game at 17-6-3 with a 2.50 GAA and .906 save percentage. His 17 wins lead the league.

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