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.”