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Blackhawks to start Corey Crawford vs. Ducks

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Rookie Corey Crawford will be in goal Wednesday night for Chicago when the Blackhawks visit the Anaheim Ducks. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville announced after the morning skate that Crawford, who was recalled from Rockford of the AHL on Tuesday after Cristobal Huet was diagnosed with the flu, will make his first appearance of the season.

"It's just a chance for him to get to play," Quenneville said. "That's how we are approaching it. He's played well for a real segment of games down there … We're only looking at him one game and then we'll see."

The 25-year-old has played in seven NHL games, though none since 2007-08, compiling a record of 1-2-2 with a 2.51 goals-against average. He earned his lone NHL win on March 5, 2008, a 3-0 shutout of the then-Stanley Cup Champion Ducks. At Rockford this season, he was 20-14-3 with a 2.80 GAA and a .905 save percentage.

"Right now it's just a one-game thing. That's how I look at it," Crawford said after the morning skate. "I just have to be ready, be prepared. It's kind of nice to get a game."

Chicago also plays Thursday at Los Angeles, a game that's likely to see the Hawks start Antti Niemi in goal. Niemi has backed up Huet this season, going 18-5-2 with a 2.31 goals-against average.





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