Highlights: Blackhawks’ Antti Raanta blanks Kings

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By Chris Kuc

Antti Raanta spent the last 10 games proving to the Blackhawks and the rest of the NHL that he has what it takes to be a starting goaltender — some day.

The rookie from Finland repeatedly bailed out the Hawks when Corey Crawford went down with an injury, including a sparkling effort when Raanta blanked the Kings 1-0 on Monday night at the United Center.

With Crawford recovered and set to reclaim the No. 1 job in the next few days, Raanta is headed to a backup role but not before capping his run as starter with a 26-save effort, including a sparkling stop on a penalty shot by Dustin Brown. It was Raanta’s first shutout, but based on how the 24-year-old has played since Crawford went down Dec. 8, it won’t be his last.

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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta stops the penalty shot by Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown during the second period of their game at the United Center, in Chicago, on Monday Dec. 30, 2013. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)