Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin out with sprained knee

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CHICAGO - Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin sprained a knee during Chicago's 7-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night and the Blackhawks have recalled Corey Crawford from the AHL's Rockford IceHogs.

GM Dale Tallon also announced Thursday that forward Jack Skille has been assigned to Rockford.

Montreal-born Crawford has appeared in 44 AHL games and has a record of 24-13-5 with two shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.72 and a .911 save percentage.

Crawford, 24, has appeared in two career NHL games for the Blackhawks, both during 2005-06. He was Chicago's second-round pick (52nd overall) in the 2003 entry draft.

Jack Skille was recalled by the Blackhawks on Jan. 28 and had appeared in three games and did not score. This season with the Blackhawks, Skille has played in 16 games and has three goals and five points. The 20-year-old American was drafted seventh overall in 2005.


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