Corey Crawford leaves game in first period with apparent injury

By Brian Stubits |

Crawford had to leave Sunday's game with some help. (Getty Images)
Crawford had to leave Sunday's game with some help. (Getty Images)

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Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had to leave the Blackhawks' game against the Florida Panthers in the first period on Sunday night after suffering an apparent leg injury.

The injury came right as Crawford made a save with a little more than six minutes remaining in the first period with the Blackhawks ahead 2-0. He went down to the ice to make a save with the pad and couldn't get back up.

Crawford was eventually helped off the ice and immediately went down the tunnel when he reached the bench. He was moving gingerly as he made his way down the bench and was cleary in a plenty of discomfort.

Rookie goaltender Antti Raanta came in to replace Crawford.

Crawford doesn't get the most respect among goalies in the league but it's tough to argue he hasn't been all that the Blackhawks have asked of him. His numbers haven't been strong this season with a .906 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average but he still plays almost every game for the Hawks and played well enough to win the Conn Smythe Trophy last postseason, an award that Patrick Kane won but said he thought belonged to Crawford..

Crawford is also a major contender for one of the spots in net for the Canadian Olympic team so there will be a few organizations keeping a close eye on Crawford after leaving due to injury.

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