Highlights: Blackhawks rout Panthers, but goalie Crawford injured

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By Chris Kuc

An offensive explosion and an unusually effective penalty kill were just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Blackhawks on Sunday night.

Unfortunately, a doctor needed to be ordered to tend to starting goaltender Corey Crawford, who departed with an apparent groin injury during the first period of the Hawks’ 6-2 victory over the Panthers.

While the thumping over the Panthers snapped the Hawks’ season-high three-game skid, there is concern over the health of Crawford. Any long-term absence would leave the Hawks with rookie Antti Raanta as their starter and likely another untested player — possibly Kent Simpson from Rockford — as the backup.

It may not come to that as after the game coach Joel Quenneville said of Crawford’s injury: “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. We’ll have a better assessment (Monday) but I think we’re along those lines.”

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Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad celebrates after his goal against the Panthers. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)