Crawford day-to-day; Hawks call for backup
Feb 16, 2013 (Chicago Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Goaltender Corey Crawford was a full participant in the Blackhawks' practice Thursday and appeared fine in the dressing room afterward.
Apparently, he wasn't.
Crawford was not on the ice for the Hawks' morning skate Friday before their game against the Sharks at the United Center and afterward coach Joel Quenneville said the goalie was "day-to-day" with an upper-body injury.
"He didn't feel great after (Thursday's) practice," Quenneville said. "That's where he's at. I don't know if it was a defining blow."
Late in the Hawks' game against the Ducks on Tuesday night, Crawford took a knee to the head from Bobby Ryan during a collision in the crease but finished the contest. Crawford then participated in the Hawks' practice Thursday but afterward Quenneville said Ray Emery would get the start against the Sharks.
The Hawks recalled Henrik Karlsson from Rockford of the AHL on Friday and he served as Emery's backup against the Sharks.
Karlsson, 29, appeared in four games with the IceHogs this season, recording a 2-2-0 record with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.
"It's always a little bit weird when a guy gets injured (but) obviously here is where I want to be," the 6-feet-6, 209-pound Karlsson said. "I'm a pretty big guy so I try to play a modern-style of goaltending, try to block as many shots as possible (and) be square to the puck as much as possible."
The Stockholm native was acquired from the Flames on Jan. 21 in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick. He appeared in 26 NHL games with the Flames from 2010 to 2012, earning a 5-9-8 record with a 2.79 goals-against and a .905 save percentage while serving as Miikka Kiprusoff's backup.
"I'm just really glad Chicago wanted me, I needed to move from Calgary," Karlsson said. "It was pretty tough. I don't want to have any bad excuses but ... it was a tough situation. I learned a lot (and) I came out of it as a better goalie."
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