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Crawford leaves game with injury

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford left the game against the Florida Panthers on Sunday with 6:15 left in the first period with a lower-body injury.

He will not return to the game, the Blackhawks announced on their Twitter account.

Crawford, who stopped all four shots he had faced, dropped to the ice to stop a shot and couldn't get up without help. It appeared his right leg buckled after he put out his right pad dropping down to prepare for the shot by Panthers forward Marcel Goc at 13:27 of the first.

Rookie Antti Raanta came into the game for the Blackhawks, who held a 2-0 lead at the time Crawford was injured.

Crawford was 17-6-3 with a 2.49 GAA and .906 save percentage entering the game. Raanta is 2-0-1 with a 2.08 goals-against average and .918 save percentage since he was called up to replace injured Nikolai Khabibulin as Chicago's backup goalie.

Khabibulin has missed 12 straight games with a lower-body injury sustained Nov. 16 against the Nashville Predators. He has not resumed on-ice activities, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

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