'Mr. Overtime' Seabrook delivers again
June, 20, 2013
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
Michael Ivins/USA TODAY SportsBrent Seabrook scored his second OT goal of these playoffs in Game 4 on Wednesday.BOSTON -- Patrick Sharp had a new nickname for Brent Seabrook after he scored his second overtime playoff goal in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.
"He's 'Mr. Overtime,'" Sharp said.
Seabrook has developed that reputation because he's scored twice in these playoffs, and both happened to be game winners. Seabrook's first OT goal won Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings. That one lifted the Blackhawks to a 2-1 win and completed their series comeback after being down 3-1.
Wednesday's game winner was just as vital to keeping the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup hopes alive. A Game 4 loss to the Bruins would have put the Blackhawks down 3-1.
But Seabrook delivered another blast from near the blue line that found the inside of the net, and the Blackhawks evened the series at 2-2 and regained home-ice advantage. Game 5 will be in Chicago on Saturday.
"I like shooting in that spot," said Seabrook, who also scored an overtime game winner in the regular season. "But to be honest, I was just trying to get it past the center man, their forward coming out and trying to block it. They do such a good job of blocking shots, getting in the way, getting in lanes. I just tried to get it past the first guy. I thought all the forwards on the ice, [Patrick] Kane made a great play putting it on the ice, [Bryan] Bickell tried putting it there, it bounced around a little bit, our forwards did a good job of getting in front and boxing out. It was just a great play."
None of it surprised Sharp.
"I have to check the numbers on how many overtime goals or assists," Sharp said. "In the regular season, he's always up in the play making something happen. It's kind of funny he scores on there, but we all expected him to."