Philadelphia Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier on Monday was placed on injured reserve with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back, and the team recalled forward Tye McGinn from their American Hockey League team, the Adirondack Phantoms, to fill his roster spot.
McGinn has three goals in six games with the Flyers this season. He has six goals and seven points in 17 games for Adirondack, where he serves as the team's alternate captain.
The club had announced Sunday that Lecavalier is expected to be out at least 3-4 weeks.
"I haven't talked to the [doctors], but I don't think it's too serious," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "But when it's a goalie, it's a little more serious than other players because of how important he is to our team."
Crawford stopped all four shots he faced before the injury. After making a right-pad save against Marcel Goc, he dropped to the ice and couldn't get up without help. Play continued for 18 seconds with Crawford down on both knees, unable to stand, before a stoppage allowed Chicago athletic trainer Mike Gapski to get to him.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Lecavalier skated Saturday in Dallas, but said Lecavalier’s back tightened and became sore as the day progressed.
"He had an X-ray in Dallas and they found something on the X-ray that didn't look right, so we flew him back to Philadelphia [on Sunday] to get him into our own doctors' hands," Holmgren said. "He had an MRI done and they found a non-displaced fracture in his lower back."
Boston Bruins forward Chris Kelly was placed on long-term injured reserve Sunday with a fractured right fibula. He was injured in the second period of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Kelly is one of several Bruins who will be out of the lineup when the team takes on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night at Air Canada Centre.
Penguins players immediately called for medical assistance.
"Listen I feel awful. It wasn’t my intention for that outcome," Thornton said. "I know Brooksie. I’ve gotten to know him over the last several years here. I skated with him in the summer through the lockout. I texted him a couple times. I feel awful. It definitely was not I wanted to see or anybody wanted to see."