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Chicago Blackhawks rout Panther despite Crawford injury

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The Chicago Blackhawks got their season back on track after ending a three game losing streak against the Florida Panthers.

Patrick Sharp starred for the Stanley Cup holders with a goal and two assists with Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook and Brandon Saad, grabbing a goal and assist each as well.

The scoring was finished off by Michal Handzus and Andrew Shaw, completing the 6-2 win and ending the Blackhawks' biggest skid since February 2012.

It wasn't all good news for Chicago however, as number one goaltender Corie Crawford was forced off with an apparent groin injury in the first period.

A long term absence would mean that the Hawks would be stuck with rookie Antti Raanta as their starter and another untested player - reported to be Kent Simpson.

Coach Joel Quenneville doesn't think Crawford's injury is anything to worry about, however.

He told reporters: "I don't think it's too serious. But when it's a goalie it's a little more serious than other players because of how important he is to our team. We'll have a better assessment (Monday) but I think we're along those lines."

But Sharp was bleaker on the subject, admitting the injury must have been serious.

He said: Obviously, we're a little concerned to see how Corey is going to react to whatever happened early in the game. It's not often you see the goalie leave the game so you know it's got to be something serious."

Raanta, who made a total of 29 saves after coming on for Crawford, says he is prepared to move in to a starting position if needed.

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