Crawford exits early with lower body injury

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford left Sunday’s game against the Florida Panthers during the first period with what the Blackhawks called a lower-body injury and was ruled out for the duration.

Crawford was injured when he made a right leg save on a shot by the Panthers’ Marcel Goc from the slot with 6:32 left in the first period. Crawford bent over after the save and requested for the official to call time. The game was stopped with 6:15 remaining in the period. After being examined by the Blackhawks’ training staff, Crawford was assisted while skating slowly off the ice and went to the team’s locker room.

Crawford entered the game with a 17-6-3 record, 2.50 goals-against average and .906 save percentage. He has played in 27 of the team’s 32 games this season. He made three saves against the Panthers before leaving the game.

Blackhawks rookie goaltender Antti Raanta replaced Crawford. Raanta is 2-0-1 with a 2.08 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in four games this season.

The Blackhawks led the Panthers 2-0 after the first period.