According to Chicago Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton, goaltender Corey Crawford suffered a concussion after a collision during Sunday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks.
Crawford was forced to exit Sunday’s game after a collision in the crease with teammate Dylan Strome. During a rush at the end of the first period, Strome and two Sharks players crashed the net and Strome was shoved into Crawford by San Jose’s Evander Kane.
Corey Crawford leaves the game after this nasty collision. pic.twitter.com/WCKD7Mgczh
— Blackhawks Talk (@NBCSBlackhawks) December 17, 2018
Unfortunately this is not his first brush with a concussion. He suffered a concussion almost exactly one year ago (December 23, 2017) and attempted to play through it before the symptoms got worse and forced him to the sideline. He missed the final 47 games of last season and finally returned to the Blackhawks’ starting lineup in mid-October.
“Crow is such a big part of our team,” Connor Murphy said. “To lose him is not good. You just feel for him. In a game like that where there were parts where our goalie is hung out to dry and then for them to take guys crashing on him is not fair either.”
Crawford’s posted a 6-14-2 record with a 3.28 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage this season. His backup, Cam Ward, has recorded a 4.17 goals-against average and a .883 save percentage.