Highlights: Blackhawks rout Panthers, but goalie Crawford injured
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.”