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Hit on Seabrook 'brutal, major... absolutely'

Hit on Seabrook 'brutal, major... absolutely'

Sunday, April 17, 2011
Posted: 11:20 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Defenseman Brent Seabrook came back from the shoulder-to-head hit that Raffi Torres put on him in the second period. But Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was still very unhappy with the call or lack thereof on the Canucks left winger.

Seabrook was facing the boards when Torres came in and went shoulder first into Seabrooks head. Seabrook crumpled to the ice for several seconds before returning to the bench. He played a shift or two and got hit another time or two - before going off to be re-evaluated.

Torres was penalized two minutes for interference. Quenneville thought it should have been higher.

Brutal, major, absolutely. They missed it. We couldve scored four goals on that play, said Quenneville, who added Seabrook did have to go off at the end of the second period to settle down. Were lucky hes a big Western Canadian kid. Someone else wouldve been on a stretcher.

Torres did not talk to the media after Sundays game. Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault saw the Torres hit differently.

Hockey is a collision sport, theres a lot of intensity. I compare that hit to (Ryan) Getzlaf on (Dan) Hamhuis, and (Getzlaf) didnt even get a two-minute minor. I didnt think it was a penalty.

"Obviously you never want to see a player get hurt, and I understand where (the league) is going with it, but hockey is a physical game. I think each and every one of us wants it to stay a physical game without players getting hurt, but in a collision sport theres always going to be injuries.

Seabrook said he didnt have control of the puck and didnt see Torres coming.

I dont know what I was looking at to be honest with you, he said.

Torres just came off a four-game suspension the last two regular-season and first two postseason games - for his hit to the head of Edmonton rookie Jordan Eberle on April 5.

I havent watched the hit yet so I dont want to comment on it, Seabrook said. Hes a hard-nosed guy. Hes been in trouble with the league before for doing the same kind of thing. Im going to leave it at that and let the league look at it and whatever they do is what we have to deal with.

Asked if he thought the hit was worth a suspension, Quenneville said I dont have to worry about that. Its not my call. The guy didnt even get through his first game back off one.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Patrick Kane hits milestone, but Blackhawks get blown out by Islanders

Patrick Kane hits milestone, but Blackhawks get blown out by Islanders

Probably not the way the Blackhawks wanted to start their second half of the season.

After a five-day break, the Blackhawks suffered a brutal 7-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night at the United Center. This coming after a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on home ice last Sunday.

"It was a game we had to win," Quenneville said after Saturday's loss. "Disappointing in a lot of ways."

The Blackhawks needed both goaltenders to get through 60 minutes. Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass combined for 39 saves on 46 shots.

On the offensive side of things, Patrick Kane hit a milestone.

The 29-year-old had two goals and an assist and recorded his 800th career point, becoming the fifth player in franchise history to reach 800 points.

The Blackhawks are now 22-18-6 on the season with 50 points and rank last in the Central Division, five points behind the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild.

The Blackhawks' schedule doesn't get any easier when the Tampa Bay Lightning — the league-leader in points — come to town on Monday.

See what Quenneville and Kane had to say about Saturday's loss in the video above.

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks return to action against Islanders

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks return to action against Islanders

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the New York Islanders tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Erik Gustafsson's season debut.

The Blackhawks recalled one of their top defensive prospects on Jan. 9 but haven't been able to get him some game action yet. All signs point to that changing tonight.

He skated on a pairing with Brent Seabrook during Friday's practice, and was even placed on the second power play unit during special teams drills. Joel Quenneville was excited about the possibility of finally getting Gustafsson into the lineup.

"Good option, good opportunity," Quenneville said. "We’re not for sure but certainly he’s been around, he’s eager to go. I look forward to seeing what he can do."

2. Anthony Duclair's promotion.

He hasn't been in Chicago for very long but Duclair is quickly working his way up the lineup. The newly-acquired Blackhawk registered an assist in his team debut last Friday in a 2-1 victory over Winnipeg, and was put on a power play unit as well.

On Friday, Duclair was promoted to the top line with Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews and continued getting reps on the second power-play unit. Let's see if the 22-year-old can take advantage of that opportunity in a top-six role.

3. Mathew Barzal.

Three rookies will be named finalists for the Calder Trophy at the end of the season. Barzal is a lock to be one of them.

He not only leads all rookies with 48 points, but he ranks 15th in the entire league in the scoring race and is the only first-year player averaging at least a point per game. 

The 20-year-old center has been sensational and he already has two five-point games in his young professional career. To put that into perspective, Patrick Kane recorded his first NHL five-point effort two weeks ago against the Ottawa Senators.