Blackhawks goalie Crawford suffers head injury

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago goalie Corey Crawford left the Blackhawks‘ game against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday with 1:30 left in the first period after the back of his head struck the right post during a goalmouth pile-up.

Crawford suffered a concussion on Dec. 23, 2017, at New Jersey that forced him to miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season and the first five games of 2018-19. He returned on Oct. 18 against Arizona and was 6-14-2 with a 3.23 goals-against average in 22 games entering Sunday’s contest.

Crawford had just made a left pad save on Logan Couture, who had broken in off right wing. As Couture cut across the crease, Chicago’s Dylan Strome tried to cut him off and slashed him.

At the same moment, San Jose’s Evander Kane plowed into Strome from behind and Strome tumbled into Crawford, forcing the goalie into the goalpost.

Kane was assessed a minor penalty for goaltender interference.

Crawford allowed two goals on eight shots and left with Chicago leading 3-2. He was replaced by Cam Ward.

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