The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t struggle while taking down the Florida Panthers last night, but the victory had a Willis Tower-sized shadow cast over it early in the first period when netminder Corey Crawford was forced to leave the contest due to an injury. With the ‘Hawks leading 2-0 with six minutes to go in the opening frame, the netminder made a pad save but wasn’t able to stand back up.
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After the contest, Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville spoke to Brian Hedger of NHL.com after the contest and had this to say about Crawford’s injury:
I haven’t talked to the [doctors], but I don’t think it’s too serious. But when it’s a goalie, it’s a little more serious than other players because of how important he is to our team.
When asked about his initial reaction to the injury and whether or not he thought it would be bad, Quenneville said the following:
That’s the first thing everybody wants to know. You’re concerned. We’ll have a better assessment [Monday], but I think we’re along those lines.
There is no timeline for Crawford yet at this juncture. Chicago doesn’t have a practice this morning according to Hedger, so the team won’t likely give an update on the goalie until tomorrow prior to a contest against the Dallas Stars. Until Crawford is cleared and able to go, netminding duties will fall to Antti Raanta.
The 24-year-old is 3-0-1 in the NHL and has yet to drop a contest.