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.