Khabibulin sidelined up to six weeks with knee sprain

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin
will be sidelined up to six weeks because of a sprained knee.

Khabibulin injured his knee in Friday's 4-1 loss to Minnesota.
An MRI exam Saturday showed he sprained it.

"It happened early in the game," coach Trent Yawney said. "He
played through it, but after it was pretty sore."

Khabibulin had been expected to start in goal for Russia at the
Turin Olympics, sharing time with Evgeni Nabokov of the San Jose
Sharks and Ilya Bryzgalov of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Khabibulin, the Stanley Cup winning goalie with Tampa Bay in
2004, made his second straight start Friday after missing 10 games
with a strained groin. He signed a four-year, $27 million contract
with the Blackhawks in the offseason.

Chicago recalled goalie Corey Crawford on Sunday from the
Norfolk Admirals in the AHL. Crawford, who played in 25 games for
the Admirals this season, was the Blackhawks' second-round pick in
the 2003 draft out of the Quebec Major Junior League. He will be
making his NHL debut.