Seabrook nearly saves Hawks in Game 1

April, 13, 2012
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If the Chicago Blackhawks would have won Thursday’s playoff game against the Phoenix Coyotes it would have been tough to find a bigger star from Chicago’s side then defenseman Brent Seabrook.

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Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesBrent Seabrook nearly carried the Hawks to a win on Thursday in Phoenix.

Even in a 3-2 overtime loss he came up big, including scoring the tying goal with 15 seconds remaining in regulation.

“Kaner did a great job getting the puck to the net and like I said I was just in the right spot at the right time,” Seabrook said afterward.

When you’re in the right spot at the right time more often than not maybe there’s a reason behind it. Seabrook snuck in from the point. After Kane hit the post, the puck squirted to him and he finished. He’s done it several times this year in big moments.

“We had some momentum in the third period and it took all of 20 minutes to get one by him [Mike Smith],” Seabrook said. “It’s one of those things, we have to continue to work hard, put pressure on him and make it tough for him to see pucks and put lots on him.”

Seabrook did as much of that as he could. He sent a total of 14 shots toward the net -- seven got through, four were blocked and three missed the net. And of course, one got in. Seabrook added six hits and two blocked shots to his night as his strong play from the regular season carried over to Game 1.

Even in a losing cause.

Slappers

• The Hawks outshot Phoenix 45-33. Seabrook and Patrick Kane had seven apiece. Only Duncan Keith, Sean O’Donnell and Brandon Bollig failed to record at least one. Keith’s shot was blocked six times.

• The Coyotes’ Radim Vrbata left the game with an undisclosed injury after playing just two shifts. Coach Dave Tippett said he’s day-to-day.

• The Hawks won just 43 percent of their faceoffs. Only Dave Bolland (65 percent) won more than he lost.

Jonathan Toews played 24:29 was plus-2, scored a goal, had two shots on net and won 45 percent of his faceoffs in first game since Feb. 19.

• The Hawks were outhit 48-22.

• The Hawks were 0-4 on the power play, making them 0 for their last 14 attempts and just 3 for their last 39 going back to the regular season.

• Joel Queneville thought there were six men on the ice for Phoenix just before they scored their first goal in the second period but no call was made.

Quotables


“We need more guys across the board. There were some guys that were good but we need everybody to be good,” -- Quenneville.

“I felt as good as I possibly could. It’s tough. It’s a fast and physical game. For the most part I just went to the net hard," -- Toews, on playing in his first game in 23.


Jesse Rogers | email

Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26