Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford injured, out three weeks

CHICAGO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has a lower-body injury and will miss about three weeks, Coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday.

NHL: Nashville 7, Chicago 2

NASHVILLE, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Craig Smith keyed a Nashville blitz with a goal and two assists Saturday and the Predators broke a four-game skid with a 7-2 pasting of Chicago.

NHL: Chicago 6, Ottawa 5

CHICAGO, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Jonathan Toews posted a hat trick Tuesday that helped the Chicago Blackhawks prevail over the visiting Ottawa Senators 6-5.

NHL: Tampa Bay 6, Chicago 5 (OT)

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Martin St. Louis ripped a slap shot by Nikolai Khabibulin 1:16 into overtime Thursday to give Tampa Bay a wild 6-5 victory over Chicago.

NHL: Chicago 3, New York Islanders 2

CHICAGO, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Michal Handzus put Chicago in front for good Friday and neither team scored in the final 33 minutes, allowing the Blackhawks to down the New York Islanders 3-2.

NHL: Edmonton 6, Minnesota 1

ST. PAUL, Minn., April 26 (UPI) -- Corey Potter scored two first-period goals Friday, sending Edmonton to a 6-1 win over Minnesota that prevented the Wild from clinching a playoff berth.

NHL: Anaheim 3, Edmonton 0

EDMONTON, Alberta, April 23 (UPI) -- Viktor Fasth notched a 24-save shutout Monday and the Anaheim Ducks clinched the Pacific Division title with a 3-0 victory over Edmonton.

NHL: Calgary 4, Edmonton 1

EDMONTON, Alberta, April 14 (UPI) -- Joey MacDonald posted 28 saves Saturday and the Calgary Flames dealt a possibly fatal blow to Edmonton's playoff hopes with a 4-1 win over the Oilers.

NHL: Edmonton 6, Columbus 4

EDMONTON, Alberta, March 29 (UPI) -- Ales Hemsky gave Edmonton its first lead of the game with 3:08 remaining Thursday and the Oilers went on to defeat Columbus 6-4.

NHL: Edmonton 3, St. Louis 0

ST. LOUIS, March 26 (UPI) -- Nikolai Khabibulin turned aside all 43 shots he saw Tuesday, backstopping the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-0 whitewash of St. Louis.

NHL: St. Louis 3, Edmonton 0

EDMONTON, Alberta, March 24 (UPI) -- Jaraslov Halak needed to make only 19 saves en route to his third shutout of the season Saturday and the St. Louis Blues handled Edmonton 3-0.

NHL: Chicago 3, Edmonton 2 (OT)

CHICAGO, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Chicago's Marian Hossa's overtime goal Monday kept the Blackhawks' record-breaking run alive with a 3-2 win over Edmonton.

NHL: Edmonton 3, Phoenix 2 (SO)

EDMONTON, Alberta, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Nikolai Khabibulin made 34 saves and logged two more in a shootout Saturday, backstopping the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win over Phoenix.

NHL: Los Angeles 3, Edmonton 1

EDMONTON, Alberta, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Two quick goals in the final seconds of regulation Tuesday gave the Los Angeles Kings a 3-1 victory on the road over the Edmonton Oilers.

NHL: Edmonton 6, Colorado 4

EDMONTON, Alberta, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Magnus Paajarvi capped an Edmonton comeback with a go-ahead goal late in the third period Saturday and the Oilers rallied for a 6-4 win over Colorado.
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Nikolai Khabibulin
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (39) blocks a shot by Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40) during the first period of game 3 of the 2009 NHL Western Conference finals at the United Center in Chicago on May 22, 2009. (UPI Photo/Mark Cowan)

Nikolai Ivanovich Khabibulin (Russian: Николай Иванович Хабибулин; born January 13, 1973) is a Russian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks. He is often known by his nickname The Bulin Wall. Other nicknames include The Nyet Minder and The First Tsar.

Khabibulin's abilities have been recognized with four appearances in the NHL All-Star Game and two Olympic medals. He became the first Russian goalie ever to win the Stanley Cup in 2004, winning the title with the Lightning.

He was selected in the ninth round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets. In the 1993–94 season Nikolai played with the touring Russian Penguins and by the start of the NHL season in January 1995 was playing in the NHL. In 1996, he moved with the Jets to Phoenix, Arizona, where they became the Coyotes. In his five seasons with the Jets/Coyotes franchise, he played in 60 games three times (including two instances playing 70 games), a heavy workload for a goaltender. Although the Coyotes made the playoffs each of these years, some claimed that this heavy workload led Khabibulin to be fatigued for the playoffs, contributing to the team's failure to make it to the second round of the playoffs.

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