Emily KaplanESPN

CHICAGO — Blackhawks goaltender Coreycrawford exited Sunday’s match against the San Jose Sharks after hitting his head on the goalpost.

The incident occurred late in the first phase, as San Jose winger Evander Kane and also Blackhawks center Dylan Strome crashed toward the net. Crawford took the brunt of the impact from Strome and struck the post. Kane received a punishment for interference on the play.

After Crawford’s last concussion cost him nearly all of the season — that concluded overlooking the playoffs for the first time in a decade the incident occurred almost annually.

While dealing with concussion indications that were lingering — crawford, who won three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks, missed 52 games a year — and did not play baseball for 10 weeks.

Crawford has been vague about what exactly he endured while being sidelined. When Crawford returned to act in October, he told reporters:”It feels good to be back . I am feeling clear.”

In 22 games this season, Crawford is 6-14-2 having a .903 save percent and 3.23 goals-against average. Chicago entered Sunday’s match at 10-18-6.

Backup goaltender Cam Ward entered Sunday’s match in relief of Crawford. Ward, the longtime Carolina Hurricanes starting goaltender, has been signed in free service to a oneyear, $3 million price as insurance for Crawford.

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