Brent Seabrook

Dave Bolland made another monumental play in 2013 playoffs before '17 Seconds'

Dave Bolland made another monumental play in 2013 playoffs before '17 Seconds'

Former Blackhawks forward and two-time Stanley Cup champion Dave Bolland is mostly remembered for the '17 Seconds' in which Bryan Bickell and he each scored with under 1:16 left in regulation to take a 3-2 lead and win the Stanley Cup in 2013's Game 6 of the Final against the Boston Bruins. 

Another remarkable play made by Bolland can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago's "Hawks Rewind" of Game 7 of the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday at 4 p.m.

The Hawks had climbed back after being down 3-1 in the series, due to three straight losses, to force a game seven at the United Center. It was the last year the longtime rivals would be in the same conference. 

With 1:47 remaining in regulation, a Niklas Hjalmarsson goal, that would have given Chicago a 2-1 lead, was disallowed due to controversial roughing penalties behind the play for Brandon Saad and Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey. 

Things were looking grim for the Hawks, who had valiantly battled their way back, seemingly only to be cheated out of a victory they earned. Saad had been launched into the Wings' bench and picked up and thrown down to the ice by Quincey. The Hawks rookie forward received his roughing penalty for retaliating by barely swatting at Quincey from his back. The game should have been over.

Everyone remembers what came next: Brent Seabrook's beautiful overtime goal to propel the Hawks through the rest of the postseason and his yell to the UC rafters while being mobbed by his teammates after the fact.

Seeing the determination and fight that the Blackhawks had against insurmountable odds and the way they pulled out one of the most memorable goals and wins in team history, it was hard not to feel that the Cup was theirs already at this point, unless you were a member of the team that still had a lot of work to do.

"You can't really sit there and say, 'We're going to win this,'" Bolland said over the phone. "The Stanley Cup is a tough trophy to win, it has to be the hardest trophy to win out there. But we had a great team that year. I think we had a lot of leadership through Seabs and Tazer and Kaner. All the guys that went through 2010, we knew what it felt like. When you get that first feeling of hoisting it, you want to do it over and over and over again."

What fans may not remember is that Bolland unequivocally made a play to get Seabrook the puck and without him, one of the greatest goals in franchise history never happens. There's no certainty the Hawks would have won Game 7 without the OT sequence that unfolded either.

"That Game 7 against Detroit was a big game," Bolland said. "I know I went and hit (Gustav) Nyquist and Seabsy picked up the puck and had a great shot and put it in the back of the net for the 'W'."

"Hit" is phrasing it modestly. Bolland pulverized Nyquist, with a clean crunch sending him into the boards and down to the ice. The puck Nyquist was carrying found Seabrook, who skated it into the offensive zone and placed a wrist shot perfectly over Jimmy Howard's glove from the high slot 3:35 into overtime. 

Bolland was justly credited with an assist for his efforts. 

The play he made set the table for the goal that saved the Hawks' 2013 postseason life and gave them momentum and confidence they'd ride the rest of the way. 

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Blackhawks 2019-20 season in review: Brent Seabrook

Blackhawks 2019-20 season in review: Brent Seabrook

The NHL put its 2019-20 season on pause March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but remains hopeful to award the Stanley Cup at some point. Although it's unclear if or when it could return, NBC Sports Chicago will recap the season of each Blackhawks player to date in our "season in review" series. Next up is Brent Seabrook.

Brent Seabrook has been an absolute warrior for the Blackhawks. Only Duncan Keith has logged more regular season and postseason minutes on the team since the league began tracking ice time in 1997-98 than Seabrook, who played a large role in all three Stanley Cup runs both on and off the ice.

But it was a trying season for the 15-year veteran. He was a healthy scratch twice early on and grew frustrated with his role.

"I feel like I've got a lot to offer this team," Seabrook said on Oct. 29. "I think I feel great. I'm 34, you guys seem to want to write articles about my age and speed. I feel like I still got a lot to offer in this league and still be a good player for somebody."

Prior to those healthy scratches, Seabrook recorded only one point, had a minus-5 rating and averaged 17:39 of ice time. From then on, he registered three points (one goal, two assists), had the second-best rating on the team over that span (plus-5) and his ice time increased to 18:21 per game.

But on Dec. 18, Seabrook found himself on the outside looking in again. He didn't travel with the team to Winnipeg the next day, which raised some concern. One week later, the Blackhawks announced Seabrook would undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder and both hips. 

After a decade and a half of wear and tear on his body, Seabrook figured it was time to get healthy and make sure he's at full strength for the 2020-21 campaign. And while there are question marks regarding his future — his contract runs through the end of the 2023-24 season and carries a $6.875 million cap hit — Seabrook seems more determined than ever to show the Blackhawks he still has a lot left in the tank.

"I'm feeling great," Seabrook said on April 29 during NBC Sports Chicago's "Be Chicago: Together We Can" fundraiser benefitting the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund. "I'm feeling really good. Things are moving in a good direction. Hopefully I can get on the ice or even Rollerblade now with the new world we live in, rinks not being open. ... I've been progressing pretty good and I'm just looking forward to getting back with the team and being able to skate as I'm sure everybody is." 

Because the COVID-19 pandemic forced the NHL into taking a lengthy pause, there's a possibility Seabrook could be cleared to return in time to finish the rest of the 2019-20 season — whenever that may be — which would certainly be interesting if the league expands its playoff format to 24 teams. 

Where he'll fit in the lineup is a separate discussion, but the fact Seabrook is battling back from three major surgeries in a month span to continue his playing career is inspiring. He deserves a chance to prove he can still be an effective player when fully healthy.

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Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook breaks down each Stanley Cup-winning team

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook breaks down each Stanley Cup-winning team

On the latest episode of the Blackhawks Talk podcast, Brent Seabrook details the difference between the 2010, 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup championship Blackhawks teams on a jam-packed episode that also features Troy Brouwer, Andrew Laad, Dave Bolland and Kris Versteeg joining Eddie Olczyk and Pat Boyle for a 2010 team reunion.

Seabrook was asked which of the three championship teams was the best. He wouldn't bite, but he did provide great insight into each special squad.

“I think that [2010] team was a special team. We were so young, we were raw. We lost to Detroit in the conference finals, I think we learned a lot from that,” Seabrook said. “We also were sort of up against the fence, we knew a lot of guys might be leaving, so it was sort of our last chance and we might not get another one.”

Then the veteran blueliner gave his thoughts on the 2013 team. 

“We won the Presidents Trophy. We knew how to win, we’d been there before. We were excited, we had some new young guys,” Seabrook said. “We had some older guys, [Michal] Handzus, Jamal Mayers, some guys who had been around, so we wanted to do it for them and we wanted to do it for ourselves.

“We had a good team, we had a tough stretch against Detroit. We really learned a lot about ourselves in that series, being able to fight back and come back and win that and get to the top of the mountain and win again.”

Lastly, Seabrook detailed the 2015 team, the most recent of the Hawks groups to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup. 

“That whole playoffs, I think we were just a resilient, scrappy team," he said. "I think losing Kaner for the second half of the season or the last 20 games was tough. We were able to find a way to claw and scratch and get him to play more games which were big for us and when he came back, he was a special player as he always has been and we just sort of went, we just started rolling.

“We had guys step up in big moments throughout the playoffs. [Antoine] Vermette I think, what did he have, two or three game winners in the Finals or something like that? And some big overtime goals from a lot of different guys. We just sort of felt like we had that belief. We were never out of a game, we were never going to lose.”

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