Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford suffers concussion

Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save against Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center on December 14, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CHICAGO  — 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.

After the game, the Blackhawks said that Crawford had been diagnosed with a concussion.

Crawford had just made a pad save on Couture, who had broken in off the wing. As Couture cut across the crease, Strome tried to cut him off and slashed him.

At the same moment, 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. 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.

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.

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