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Blackhawks don't expect goalie Corey Crawford to be out 'long term'

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DALLAS -- The Blackhawks placed goaltender Corey Crawford on injured reserve Friday, but it doesn't appear he will be on there for long.

Crawford will miss at least three games because of a nagging lower-body injury, coach Joel Quenneville said, and the Hawks will re-evaluate Crawford after those three games.

But Quenneville added the Hawks don't expect Crawford to be out "long term," a sigh of relief for the Hawks and their fans.

"It's a lower-body injury that has been kind of annoying for a recent stretch and we want to get it right," Quenneville said Saturday morning.

Crawford did not look comfortable during various stretches of Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Stars even though Crawford played the entire games. Quenneville said the injury got worse during that game, prompting the move to injured reserve.

"He has had stretches in games where it flares up a bit and it was a little more bothersome last game."

Backup Anton Forsberg will get the start Saturday against the Stars, but Quenneville did not say whether Forsberg or Jean-Francois Berube, whom the Hawks recalled from Rockford on Friday, would start Sunday against the Kings.

 

"It's a great opportunity for (Forsberg) to prove that he can play and play consecutive games," Quenneville said. "It's a good situation to be in and every goalie wants his chance and he has played well for us. It'd be nice to get some wins behind him as well."

After Sunday's game, the Hawks face the Capitals in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. Crawford must remain on injured reserve at least seven days.

The earliest he could come back is Friday against the Sabres at home.

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