Brent Seabrook D CHI 4 Days
The rest enjoyed by the Stanley Cup participants from Wednesday's 4-3 triple-overtime triumph by Chicago over the Boston Bruins to Game 2 tonight may not thrill hockey enthusiasts but Blackhawks' veteran Brent Seabrook thinks it's big.
"Having the two-day break is huge," said Seabrook, who played 39:12 on Wednesday - third-most on the Blackhawks. "Just getting lots of rest, staying hydrated and try to get as much fluid and healthy, good food in your system as you can. Just getting ready and focus for the next one." Teammate Marian Hossa agrees, but he was annoyed with a neighbor for waking him early Thursday morning after the marathon opener. "I woke up early," Hossa said. "My neighbor decided he was going to drill in the morning. That was not very pleasant. Hopefully he is going to get the message for next time and he won't drill."
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Brent Seabrook was impressed with how the Blackhawks stepped up without Duncan Keith.
"We talked about it all season, especially in the playoffs: our team game, team defense is what's been doing such a great job and Crow in the net making big saves," said Seabrook, referring to goaltender Corey Crawford. "When our forwards come back the way they are it makes it easier for us. We're just trying to get back there quick and get outlet passes for our forwards to go with the puck." Seabrook had a plus-one rating, three hits, and three blocked shots in Chicago's 3-2 victory. He also logged a team-high 26:20 minutes of playing time.
Brent Seabrook D CHI 17 Days
Brent Seabrook scored his second goal of the postseason in Chicago's 4-2 win over the Kings Sunday night.
The goal wasn't quite as memorable as his overtime winner in Game 7 against the Red Wings, but a big tally nonetheless. Michal Handzus, Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw also found the back of the net for Chicago in the victory while Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp each picked up a pair of helpers.
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Brent Seabrook expects to see more low scoring games in the Blackhawks Western Conference Final against the Kings.
The Blackhawks took a 1-0 series lead on Saturday with their 2-1 win. "They're going to be tight, low scoring games," Seabrook said. "Both teams have highly skilled forwards and defensemen. It's going to be a tight series. Every goal is going to be important and we understand that."
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Brent Seabrook sniped the game-winning overtime goal to lead the Blackhawks to the Western Conference final with a 2-1 victory over the Red Wings in Game 7 on Wednesday night.
This game had a little bit of everything -- good and bad. It seemed as if the Blackhawks were on their way to a Game 7 win in regulation because with 1:49 remaining Niklas Hjalmarsson scored. However, matching roughing minors were called on Kyle Quincey and Brand Saad seconds before by the back official, negating the goal in a very controversial way. Patrick Sharp also potted a marker for the Blackhawks, and he now has seven goals and 11 points in 12 playoff games. Michal Handzus and Marian Hossa each notched assists. The Blackhawks will kick off their series with the Kings on Saturday.
Brent Seabrook D CHI 22 Days
Brent Seabrook played 23 minutes for the second straight game Monday night.
The bump in ice time comes after Seabrook played just 12:03 in Game 4 and a little over 17 minutes in Game 3. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Blackhawks have won each of the last two games and have forced a Game 7 after being down 3-1 in the series. "I felt like I did a good job of forgetting about it and getting ready for the next shift," Seabrook said after Monday's 4-3 win.
Brent Seabrook D CHI 23 Days
Brent Seabrook was so bad in the playoffs this season that Chicago coach Joel Quenneville had to reduce his playing time.
In the Hawks 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, however, Seabrook came up big offensively and defensively. "I thought he had a real strong game. His physical presence was noticeable; it was big and set the tone early," Quenneville said. "You've got to commend Seabs. The day before (Game 5) he was excited about the opportunity and prepared himself well." Seabrook couldn't put a finger on what was going wrong for him these playoffs. There was criticism for it, but he said he didn't really notice it that much; his biggest critic is the one he sees in the mirror every day. "I was just pissed at myself, first and foremost," he said. "I knew I had to be better." It probably did not hurt him that Quenneville reunited him with his old defense partner, Duncan Keith. Look for Seabrook and Keith to be paired together again tonight for Game 6 in Detroit.
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Veteran defenseman Brent Seabrook is slumping conspicuously in the Chicago Blackhawks' second-round playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings and Joel Quenneville is doing something about it.
The Hawks' coach is cutting Seabrook's playing time. Seabrook's playoff-low 12:03 of ice time in the Hawks' 2-0 loss to the Red Wings Thursday is an alarming number for a player of his caliber - an eight-year veteran in the middle of a five-year, $29 million contract. He averaged 22:00 of ice time in the regular season, second highest on the team behind iron man Duncan Keith. The 12:03 against the Red Wings in Game 4 is the lowest time-on-ice of Seabrook's 658-game NHL career. His previous low was 13:27. He's never played less than 16:00 in a game over the past six seasons. Seabrook has contributed very little offensively and is a minus-4 against the Wings.
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Brent Seabrook has yet to garner a point in seven playoff games.
Seabrook is one of only two Blackhawks who have played in every playoff game to be held off the scoresheet as Michal Rozsival also is pointless, but Rozsival is plus-six while Seabrook is struggling with a minus-two rating. Seabrook had eight goals and 20 points in 47 regular season games so his fantasy owners in the playoffs hope a break out game is around the corner.