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Update: Crawford suffers lower-body injury, won’t return

Dec 8, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

Chicago Blackhawks starting goalie Corey Crawford needed help off the ice after hurting himself making a save during Sunday’s game against the Florida Panthers, CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers reportsUpdate: The team announced that Crawford won’t return from what is officially a lower-body injury.

Antti Raanta replaced him in the first period.

Crawford, 28, was hoping to bounce back from allowing four goals in each of his last two starts (both defeats). Overall, he’s carried the momentum from his Stanley Cup record-wise, with a 17-6-3 mark that makes his middling .906 save percentage easy to stomach.

Earlier on Sunday, it was easy for Blackhawks fans to shrug their shoulders regarding an update that Nikolai Khabibulin has been working out vigorously in hope of returning soon (although there is no timetable). If this is a significant problem with Crawford, the ‘Hawks might just need “The Bulin Wall.”

  1. jpat2424 - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Ohh boy.

  2. alexbaymac - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Please be OK Crawford..

  3. steelers88 - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    That’s not good. Hope his okay.

  4. tfilarski - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    could not even get off the ice under his own power definitely not good

  5. einjzmolf - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Why start him against the Panthers when you could have given him a day off so he could be fresh against Dallas, who they play on Tuesday.. when they are in their division? You figure you’d want your top goalie ready for a divisional game rather than against a bottom dwelling team in the east.. karma for overplaying your starter. With that said, hope he’s ok obviously. Kinda asked for it though.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Karma? Seriously? Crawford’s the starter. Considering his past few performances, a game against a more offensively challeged opponent might have been good for his confidence. He needed a bounce back game and this was a good opportunity for one.
      That’s my nice answer to you.
      The other answer is “you’re just a dumba$$”

  6. hammerhead5573 - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    @einjzmolf – I agreed for the most part. Not only give him a few days off but in all honesty, Crawford has not been that impressive lately. Now a goalie situation that wasn’t the best anyways, is now potentially in bigger trouble.

  7. endusersolutions2013 - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    I’m thinking from the replays that it’s a knee

    • nbcornwell - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      I was gonna say hip flexor/groin. But knee would make sense too.

  8. muckleflugga - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    groin…?

    put him on the shelf for two months, all will be good…return any sooner, likely to aggravate, go chronic

    we’ll give you jimmy howard straight across for andrew shaw

    • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      I say

      no way

      José.

      (To your offer, that is)

      Country…you’ve been less of a Hawks hater lately…you ok?

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      So, you do see something positive in a Hawk!

  9. muckleflugga - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    blackhawksdynasty

    oh, you know how it is…

    big nurse backed off some of the straps and buckles, they dumped the generic meds and we’re back on the goooood stuff, and better still, the gruel has included an occasional potato lately

    with the recent blizzard and bitter cold, they’ve had to turn on a bit of heat…

    it’s almost like christmas

  10. muckleflugga - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    endusersolutions2013

    i see many positives in hawks, unless they’re up against the wings…blackhawks are one of the few teams playing the pure game, particularly if the opposition lets them roll

    i like shaw, much potential if he can be disabused of the notion he’s a scrapper…big waste of skill if he’s caught up in pointless battles

    he’s got great hands, smooth in close…and you oughta see him on the ice

    i’d take saad in any trade as well

  11. chicagobtech - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Word from the post-game presser is that Crawford walked out of the stadium. Some good news, given how he needed help coming off the ice.

  12. tdrusher225 - Dec 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    This is seriously going to have a small effect on the Hawks. They can make any decent goalie look really good. I wouldn’t get too worried Hawks fans.

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