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Blackhawks: Corey Crawford out with injury; Michael Leighton recalled

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Blackhawks: Corey Crawford out with injury; Michael Leighton recalled

The Blackhawks announced that goaltender Corey Crawford will not travel to Winnipeg for their tilt against the Jets on Friday at 7 p.m. on CSN due to an upper-body injury. He's listed as day-to-day.

Due to Crawford's injury, Michael Leighton has been recalled from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

In 46 starts with Rockford this season, Leighton, 34, is 28-8-8 with a 2.44 goals against average and .918 save percentage. Earlier in March, he set the AHL record by recording his 46th career shutout.

Leighton owns a 35-41-14 record with a 2.97 goals against average and .901 save percentage in 105 career NHL games. He's also 8-4 in 16 postseason contests.

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He was drafted by the Blackhawks in the sixth round (165th overall) of the 1999 NHL Draft.

Crawford is having his best season as a pro, carrying a 35-18-4 record with a 2.32 goals against average and .926 save percentage, which ranks fourth among goaltenders. His 35 wins is a new career-high and ranks second in the league this season, trailing only Washington's Braden Holtby (42). 

Crawford also has seven shutouts this year, two more than the second-best goaltender, and is expected to be a Vezina Trophy finalist as the league's top goaltender.

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: