Chicago Blackhawks: Brent Seabrook

Brookbank excited to play in playoffs

April, 21, 2014
Apr 21
Powers By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Sheldon Brookbank had learned from the past he could easily go from being a healthy scratch to being on the ice in the playoffs.

Brookbank experienced that last season when he filled in for Duncan Keith, who was suspended a game in the Western Conference finals. A season later, Brookbank finds himself in a similar position after Brent Seabrook was suspended three games for an illegal hit in Game 2 of the Blackhawks' first-round series with the Blues. Brookbank will play in Game 3 of the series on Monday after being a healthy scratch the first two games.

"Definitely excited," Brookbank said after the team's morning skate on Monday. "Not exactly the circumstances I want to come in under, but I'm looking forward to getting out there and getting up to play. The series looks pretty emotional, pretty intense, so it's going to be a good one.

"This is where you want to be. You want to play in the playoffs. That's what we all play for. I'm just going to make the most of it."

Brookbank is known for his physical style of play, and he hopes that will be a positive for the Blackhawks against a physical Blues team.

"Better believe [it's my type of series]," Brookbank said. "It's going to be tough. Have to try and keep yourself in check and not get too caught up in all the stuff. So far, it's had a lot of bite to it, and I don't expect that to change at all."

Brookbank often was rotated in and out of the lineup with a few other defensemen during the regular season. He had two goals, five assists and a plus-two rating in 48 games this season.

Brookbank had his role increased late in the regular season when Johnny Oduya missed time due to an injury and when the Blackhawks locked up their playoff position. Brookbank played 16 minutes or more in five of the last six regular season games.

Quenneville is confident Brookbank will be able to step in and contribute against the Blues.

"He's a steady guy, simple direct," Quenneville said. "Hard to play against, and he gives us that presence back there as well."

Being inserted into the lineup this time around should be easier for Brookbank than in last season's playoffs. He hadn't played in a game in nearly six weeks when he was asked to replace Keith last season. He last played on April 12 this season.

"It was closer to two months last year, but this is maybe just over a week," Brookbank said. "So hopefully I won't be as rusty and still have the rhythm going from the regular season."
Here’s a look at the St. Louis Blues’ 4-3 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks by the numbers:

* The Blues had 17:48 of power-play ice time in the win. They scored once on nine power-play opportunities. They are 1-for-13 on the power play for a 7.7 percentage in the series.

* The Blackhawks were 0-for-4 on the power play. They are 1-for-10 for a 10.0 percentage in the series. They scored on their first power-play attempt of the series.

* The Blackhawks accumulated a season-high 41 penalty minutes. The Blues had 20.

* Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were each held to one shot attempt. Kane has one goal and seven shots on net in the two games, and Toews has two assists and five shots on goal.

* Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig played a team-low 3:23 of ice time. He played three shifts and a total of 1:23 of ice time after the first period. He compiled 12 penalty minutes, including a 10-minute misconduct and a two-minute minor for roughing. Ryan Reaves played a team-low 3:49 for the Blues.

* Blackhawks defensemen accounted for all three goals in the loss. Their defensemen have scored five of their six goals in the two games. Brent Seabrook has two goals, and Michal Rozsival, Duncan Keith and Johnny Oduya each have one goal.

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Hawks face challenge without Seabrook

April, 20, 2014
Apr 20
Powers By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks already had an uphill climb ahead of them being down 2-0 to the St. Louis Blues in their first-round playoff series, but the adversity facing them became even greater Sunday.

The Blackhawks found out they'll be without defenseman Brent Seabrook for the next three games after he was suspended by the league for his hit on the Blues’ David Backes in Game 2 on Saturday. Chicago will now have to win at least twice without Seabrook in the lineup to keep its season alive.

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AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastChicago defenseman Brent Seabrook will be out of the lineup for three games after being suspended for his hit on David Backes.
Seabrook's absence leaves a large void for the Blackhawks. He's one of their top-four defensemen and has been a staple in the team's defense for the past nine seasons. He plays key minutes for Chicago at even strength and on both sides of special teams.

Seabrook was second on the team with 22:16 of average ice time during the regular season. He also had seven goals, 34 assists and a plus-23 rating in 82 regular-season games. He leads the team with four points, which includes two goals and two assists, against the Blues in the playoffs.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville spoke to the media Sunday before Seabrook's suspension was revealed. Quenneville wasn't sure what would happen to Seabrook, but he knew Seabrook was important to the team.

"You need his size," Quenneville said. "You need his presence, experience and leadership. He's got the big shot on the point, and he's on our power play as well, kills penalties. So he plays all important minutes, and him and [Duncan Keith] make a real good pair for us. He's been a great pro for us."

Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival was hopeful they wouldn't be without Seabrook, but he thought the team had to be prepared either way.

"He's definitely the guy that the coaches and everybody is counting on in the big, important situations," Rozsival said. "He's a big part of the club, but whatever is going to happen is going to happen. You can't control it right now. You just have to deal with it. At the end of the day, we have to win the hockey game."

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Hawks endure another tough loss

April, 19, 2014
Apr 19
Powers By Scott Powers

ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Blackhawks left St. Louis with a serious case of the blues.

Twice in three days, the Blackhawks were on the verge late in the third period of defeating the St. Louis Blues by a goal and taking home-ice advantage away from them in the Western Conference first-round playoff series, and twice, the Blues delivered a punch to the Blackhawks’ gut by scoring a game-tying goal late in the third period and prevailing in overtime.

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Dilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesNo one placed the blame for the Hawks' loss on Corey Crawford, except for the goaltender himself. "We're not going to win if I'm going to play like that," he said. "Just got to be better."
Both losses possessed plenty of similarities for the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks were first devastated by the Blues in Game 1 when St. Louis erased a 3-2 lead with 1:46 remaining in the third period and then won the game in triple overtime on Thursday.

The Blackhawks were even closer to victory on Saturday. After fending off a 5-on-3 power play for 46 seconds and a 5-on-4 power play for 3:59 -- which also included the Blues removing their goalie and adding another attacker -- in the final five minutes of the third period, Chicago's 3-2 lead was decimated when the Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko scored with 6.4 seconds remaining in the period. The Blues finished the job with a goal by Barret Jackman 5:50 into a first overtime.

The Blackhawks dealt with so much penalty-killing time because Bryan Bickell was called for kneeing at 13:55 and Brent Seabrook received five minutes for charging and a game misconduct at 15:09. Chicago killed off 17:47 of a possible 17:48 of the Blues’ power plays in the game.

"We did a great job killing," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was an outstanding job, and you’re right there, six seconds away. The other game was tough losing at a buck and change, but tonight was brutal."

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Rapid Reaction: Blues 4, Hawks 3 (OT)

April, 19, 2014
Apr 19
Powers By Scott Powers

ST. LOUIS -- Here’s a quick look at the St. Louis Blues' 4-3 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round series at the Scottrade Center on Saturday.

How it happened: Barret Jackman scored 5:50 into overtime for the game-winner. Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko forced overtime by scoring a power-play goal from the top of the right circle with 6.4 seconds remaining in the third period. St. Louis had pulled goaltender Ryan Miller off the ice and had a 6-on-4 advantage. The Blues were on the power play from 13:55 of the third period to when Tarasenko scored at 19:53. Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell was called for kneeing at 13:55, and defenseman Brent Seabrook got five minutes for charging and received a game misconduct for a hit he put on David Backes at 15:09. Backes left the game and did not return.

The Blackhawks took a 3-2 lead when Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival's shot deflected off Backes and skidded past Miller at 6:38 of the third period. The Blues had built a 2-0 lead in the first period off goals by Chris Porter and Kevin Shattenkirk. But the Blackhawks started to rally in the second period. Defenseman Duncan Keith scored at 17:25 of the second for their first goal. Seabrook came through with the second goal as he scored from the right circle at 4:53 of the third period.

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 27 saves on 31 shots. Blues goaltender Ryan Miller stopped 25-of-28 shots.

What it means: The Blues take a 2-0 series lead and hold onto home-ice advantage. Backes’ health has to be a concern for the Blues going forward. He looked out of sorts after the hit. Seabrook could be looking at a suspension. The Blues have rallied from 3-2 deficits in the third period and won in overtime in both games of the series. They scored with 1:46 remaining in the third period in Game 1 to force overtime and then won it in a third overtime Thursday.

The Blues have been giving the Blackhawks power-play chances, but the Blackhawks haven’t been able to capitalize. They are 1-for-10 on the power play in the series. The Blackhawks went 119:26 without scoring a goal from Patrick Kane's first-period goal in Game 1 to Keith’s second-period goal in Game 2.

Player of the game: Tarasenko provided the clutch goal in the win.

Stat of the game: The Blues had 17:48 of power-play time.

What’s next: The series travels to Chicago for Games 3 and 4. Game 3 will be at the United Center on Monday.

Rapid Reaction: Blues 4, Hawks 3 (F/3OT)

April, 17, 2014
Apr 17
Powers By Scott Powers

ST. LOUIS -- Here’s a quick look at the St. Louis Blues’ 4-3 three-overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series at the Scottrade Center on Thursday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks and Blues set the bar high for the remainder of the series. The Blues’ Alexander Steen scored 26 seconds into the third overtime for the win. The Blackhawks looked to have the game secured in regulation. They were leading 3-2 heading into the final two minutes of the third period. Jaden Schwartz saved the Blues by scoring in front of the net with 1:56 remaining in the third period. The Blackhawks had been leading 3-2 since the end of the first period. Patrick Kane broke a 2-2 tie at 18:24 of the first period, when he received a stretch pass from Jonathan Toews and scored on a breakaway. The Blackhawks’ Johnny Oduya and Brent Seabrook and the Blues’ Adam Cracknell and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored first-period goals. The Blackhawks nearly won the game in the first overtime, but Blues forward Maxim Lapierre blocked a Blackhawks’ shot while standing behind goaltender Ryan Miller in the net. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 48 saves on 52 shots. Miller made 39 saves on 42 shots. The Blackhawks failed to score on two overtime power plays, and the Blues squandered one overtime power-play opportunity of their own.

What it means: The Blues went up 1-0 in the series and held onto their home-ice advantage. The Blues have scored a number of clutch third-period goals against the Blackhawks this season. The Blues pulled out a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks by scoring in the final minute of the third period on Oct. 9. The Blues came back from a 5-3 deficit when they scored two goals in the final four minutes of the third period on Dec. 28, then won in the shootout. The Blues’ win on Thursday marked their first victory since April 3.

Both teams benefited in getting some of their top players back. Tarasenko had missed the previous 15 games for the Blues. Kane was out the previous 12 games, and Toews missed six games. The Blackhawks’ top line of Toews, Kris Versteeg and Brandon Saad was especially effective for the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks won 54-of-91 faceoffs.

Player of the game: Steen scored the winning goal.

Stat of the game: Blues defensemen Alex Pietrangelo played a game-high 44:08 of ice time.

What’s next: The series remains in St. Louis for Game 2, at 2 p.m. CT Saturday.

Rapid Reaction: Penguins 4, Hawks 1

March, 30, 2014
Mar 30
Rogers By Jesse Rogers

PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Blackhawks dropped a 4-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins, losing their third game in a row.

How it happened: Pittsburgh scored two goals in the span of 21 seconds in the first period and never looked back. Brent Seabrook was knocked down at the Penguins blue line, causing an odd-man situation, on which James Neal eventually finished. That was quickly followed by Lee Stempniak’s ability to get behind the defense for another score. The Hawks finally got on the board midway through the second period after some nice passing in the offensive zone. Sheldon Brookbank scored from the point with Andrew Shaw providing a screen. But two Sidney Crosby goals, including an empty-netter in the third period, ended what was a close game to that point.

Toews hurt: Jonathan Toews left the game in the second period after getting hit by defenseman Brooks Orpik. Toews was seen holding his left arm and immediately went to the locker room. But after the game Joel Quenneville said he thought the injury wasn’t serious. There was no call made on the play, which could be interpreted as a high hit.

What it means: It all depends on how long Toews is out. The Hawks already are struggling to score goals and morale would undoubtedly sink even lower if the team’s captain was out of the lineup for an extended period of time. They already are missing Patrick Kane. The Hawks have clinched a playoff berth, so getting healthy might be the most important goal with such a short time remaining in the regular season. They get a break by not playing until Thursday; it gives Toews a chance to be re-evaluated without the pressure of trying to play in a game right away.

What’s next: The Hawks are off until Thursday, when they take on the Minnesota Wild at home still looking to reach 100 points. They’re stuck on 99.

Rapid Reaction: Hawks 6, Blue Jackets 1

March, 6, 2014
Mar 6
Powers By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center on Thursday.

How it happened: Searching for more offense heading into the game, the Blackhawks got plenty of it Thursday night. Chicago went off for six goals, including three in the second period, to win for the first time at the United Center since Jan. 19. Andrew Shaw broke out of a recent slump, scoring two goals. Jonathan Toews also scored twice and has five goals in the past three games. Brandon Bollig and Bryan Bickell scored the Blackhawks’ other goals. Marcus Kruger and Brent Seabrook each had two assists for the Blackhawks. Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled in the second period after allowing his fourth goal.

What it means: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville made some line changes leading into the game after the team had scored just three goals total in its previous three indoor games. The Blackhawks scored five at Soldier Field on Saturday, but the conditions made that an unusual game. Quenneville’s moves paid off in a big way against Columbus. The Blackhawks improved to 37-13-14 with 88 points and remained in second place in the Central Division behind the St. Louis Blues. The Blackhawks extended their winning streak over the Blue Jackets to 12 games. The Blackhawks last lost to them in 2011.

Player of the game: Shaw snapped an 11-game goalless streak with his two goals. He had zero points and a minus-2 rating over his previous five games.

Stat of the game: Thirteen Blackhawks registered a point in the victory.

What’s next: The Blackhawks travel to Patrick Kane's hometown of Buffalo to face the Sabres on Sunday.

Hawks can't finish against Avs -- again

March, 4, 2014
Mar 4
Powers By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks arguably outplayed the Colorado Avalanche the past two times the teams have met.

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AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastChicago defenseman Brent Seabrook acknowledged after the game that the Blackhawks had their chances but failed to capitalize.
The Blackhawks outshot the Avalanche 48-26 in their matchup on Jan. 14. Chicago dominated possession again on Tuesday and outshot the Avalanche 38-21. The opportunities to load up on goals were certainly there for the Blackhawks on both occasions.

But both times, the result was the same. The Blackhawks weren’t able to capitalize on their many chances and squandered key points in what is becoming a tighter Central Division race. After falling 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 14, the Blackhawks lost 4-2 to the Avalanche on Tuesday.

Giving the Avalanche four points in those games could come back to haunt the Blackhawks. The Avalanche moved within a point of the Blackhawks for second place in the Central on Tuesday and have played one less game than Chicago. The St. Louis Blues also built a two-point lead on the Blackhawks with another win on Tuesday.

“We lost a lot of ground tonight, the four-point swing,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Now we’re behind [the Blues], now Colorado is one behind. A lot of things can change. We’d love to move ahead. We’d love to finish first in our division. Let’s know we got to be better and more consistent in stretches in games. For the most part, we did the right things tonight. We should have taken advantage of it.”

The Blackhawks acknowledged Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov once again played a major role in Colorado's win, but they also felt they left some opportunities on the table, especially scoring just once and totaling four shots on goal on four power plays.

“We had some chances,” Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook said. “We couldn’t bury them. They buried their chances.”

As many shots as the Blackhawks couldn't put away on Varlamov, Quenneville was even more disappointed with his team’s defense on the Avalanche’s first three goals. The third line's defense led to the first goal. Duncan Keith missed on an attempted steal in the neutral zone, leading to the the second goal. And the penalty kill wasn’t able to rotate quick enough on the third goal.

“I thought we outchanced them, outplayed,” Quenneville said. “I didn’t like any of the goals that went in tonight.”

The division wasn’t won or lost on Tuesday, but the Blackhawks realized time was running out. They have 19 games, including one more against the Avalanche and two more against the Blues, to finish out the regular season.

“They’re good teams and so are we,” Seabrook said. “We just got to find a way to get some victories against them. I think we play them a couple more times each. We’ll be ready.

“[The end of the season has] come up quick. We got to turn this around quick and get back to playing our hockey and our style of game.”

Keith, Seabrook to appear on 'Chicago Fire'

February, 24, 2014
Feb 24
Powers By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook will make guest appearances on the NBC television show "Chicago Fire" on Tuesday.

The episode, which is titled "Virgin Skin," will include Keith and Seabrook providing a tip to one of the show’s characters at a bar, according to a release.

"Chicago Fire" is in its second season on NBC. The fictional show is about the lives of people in the Chicago Fire Department and is filmed in Chicago.

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 5, Canucks 2

January, 30, 2014
Jan 30
By Monte Stewart
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Brandon Saad scored two goals and added an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Wednesday night.

The Blackhawks (33-10-13) saw their longest losing streak of the season end at four games. The Canucks (27-19-9) suffered their 10th loss in the past 12 games.

With the victory, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville moved into sole possession of third place all-time with 693 coaching wins. He surpassed Dick Irvin, who posted most of his wins with the Montreal Canadiens, but also guided the Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Blackhawks overcame a 2-0 second-period deficit with four unanswered goals in the middle frame and scored the lone goal in the third -- an empty-netter by Saad in the final minute.

Corey Crawford recorded 29 saves for his 20th win of the season, while Roberto Luongo took the loss.

Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks.

Chris Higgins and Tom Sestito replied for Vancouver.

The Canucks scored quickly, as Higgins beat Crawford with a backhand through the legs on Vancouver's first shot only 16 seconds into the game. But the Blackhawks controlled play for the rest of the period, limiting Vancouver to just two shots for much of the frame.

Sestito gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead at 2:44 of the second, as he put in a pass from former Blackhawks farmhand Ryan Stanton, who was claimed off waivers from Chicago at the outset of the season. However, just when it appeared that the Hawks might be down for good, they rallied with four unanswered goals.

The first came from Hossa, on a power play at 6:30, as he capped off some nifty passes with Saad and Kris Versteeg. Just more than three minutes later, Saad drew the Blackhawks even.

Midway through the second, Toews capitalized on a Canucks miscue as their defense and Luongo let Brent Seabrook’s pass from the corner go straight to the Blackhawks captain as he stood in front of the net. Sharp skated into the slot from the blue line and beat Luongo with a quick shot that put the Hawks ahead 4-2.

Notes: Center Michal Handzus returned to the Blackhawks lineup after he was made a healthy scratch a night earlier in Calgary. Quenneville said he scratched Handzus because the plan this season was not to play him on back-to-back nights. The decision wasn’t based on poor play. “A guy isn’t coming because he has one bad game,” Quenneville said before the game. Handzus repaid his coach’s confidence by assisting on Saad’s goal. … The game was Vancouver’s last home contest before the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Before the game, Olympians from the Blackhawks and Canucks were saluted in a flag-bearing ceremony. … Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell was a healthy scratch for the second time in three games. Quenneville said Bickell needs to show more than he did in Tuesday’s overtime loss to Calgary. … Canucks coach John Tortorella served the fifth of a six-game suspension for storming the Calgary Flames dressing room area on Jan. 18. He is due to return Saturday in Detroit.

Blackhawks keep practice light, short

January, 25, 2014
Jan 25
Powers By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- If the Chicago Blackhawks ever find themselves in a 3-on-3 situation, coach Joel Quenneville may want to consider throwing Michal Handzus, Mike Kostka and Kris Versteeg onto the ice.

The trio likely wouldn’t have been favored by Vegas to be the Blackhawks’ 3-on-3 tournament champions, but that’s exactly what they became. Handzus, Kostka and Versteeg defeated five other teams for the title Saturday.

Quenneville considered giving his players Saturday off, but instead opted to create a fun and loose environment by having a 3-on-3 tournament where teams were distinguished by wearing white, green, red, blue and black jerseys. They practiced for about 30 minutes at Johnny's IceHouse West.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook thought it was a brilliant idea.

“He’s done things like this in the past, and it’s been great,” Seabrook said. “I’m not going to speak for Joel, but maybe the boys needed a fun day like this. Something to get the emotion and excitement back.”

The Blackhawks are coming off two consecutive road losses. They fell to the Detroit Red Wings, 5-4, in a shootout Wednesday and to the Minnesota Wild, 2-1, in regulation on Thursday. Quenneville wasn’t pleased with the team’s pace in the games. The Blackhawks return to ice to play the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

“I think the last two games we didn’t have the pace we’re accustomed to,” Quenneville said. “We’re going to need it going forward.”

The pace was nonstop both ways throughout Saturday’s scrimmages. Blackhawks goaltenders Corey Crawford and Antti Raanta had little time to rest. Crawford also enjoyed it.

“That was definitely a change from our usual practices,” said Crawford, whom Quenneville announced would start Sunday. “Our practices, they’re short. They might be one of the shortest practices in the league. We’re definitely working hard the whole time. It’s high pace. That’s the same way we play. It was a little bit of a change today. Change up in what we’re doing today. I think everyone was loose and happy with what we did today.”

Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp joked Jonathan Toews was the only one unhappy.

“Toews’ team came fifth out of six teams," Sharp said. "I don’t think Jonny is going to be able to sleep tonight. He’ll have a great game tomorrow.”

Rewind: 5 observations from Hawks-Wings

January, 23, 2014
Jan 23
Powers By Scott Powers
Here are five observations from the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-4 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday:

1. That was certainly an entertaining game, but one the Blackhawks are going to be disappointed in. They had the game under control with a 2-0 early lead and allowed the Red Wings back in it. The Red Wings simply outworked them for much of the game. The Red Wings often won the loose pucks and made the hustle plays. The Blackhawks were careless with the puck at times, too. A play like the one in the second period where Brent Seabrook had the puck taken off of him in the defensive zone and led to a goal doesn’t often occur to the Blackhawks. None of the goals Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford allowed seemed too soft, but four goals is still a lot to give up. He had been better than that recently.

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Hossa, Seabrook sit; back vs. Ducks?

January, 16, 2014
Jan 16
Powers By Scott Powers
CHICAGO – Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa and defenseman Brent Seabrook sat out practice on Thursday, but they are expected to play against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Hossa was held out of practice for a “maintenance” day and Seabrook was sick, according to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

“Both should be fine tomorrow,” Quenneville said after practice at the United Center.

Hossa has 17 goals, 22 assists and a plus-24 rating in 44 games this season. Seabrook has six goals, 26 assists and a plus-23 rating in 49 games this season.

The Ducks and Blackhawks are first and second in points in the NHL. The Ducks are 36-8-5 with 77 points, and the Blackhawks are 30-8-11 with 71 points.

Hawks fail to convert chances vs. Avs

January, 14, 2014
Jan 14
Powers By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks took 51 more shots than the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday evening.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville felt fortunate to get a point.

That’s the type of night it was against Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov.

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Bill Smith/Getty ImagesThey Blackhawks are 4-11 in overtime and shootout games this season. Last season they were 11-5.
“We’ll take the point knowing it was tough to get the first [goal], get to the second one; and the goalie played well for them,” Quenneville said after Chicago’s overtime loss. “You got to get lucky. Second opportunities, I think that was the recipe. We weren’t fortunate around there, but we certainly had some decent looks.”

The Blackhawks had looks from nearly everywhere on the ice from start to finish. They took 88 total shots, including 48 on net. It was the third most shots on goal for the Blackhawks this season.

Up and down the lineup the Blackhawks created chances. Patrick Sharp had 12 total shots, including nine on net. Brent Seabrook had 11 total shots. Niklas Hjalmarsson had six shots on goal. Patrick Kane had five shots on net, including one from the right circle that Varlamov robbed of a goal with a glove save. The two pucks the Blackhawks were able to get past Varlamov came with traffic and rebounds.

While the Blackhawks failed to capitalize on their opportunities, especially all five of their power plays, the Avalanche took advantage of their chances. They scored three goals on 26 shots on net, and two of those goals came on the power play.

“Against a team like this it’s a matter of finding a way to win a hockey game,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. “That’s what we did.”

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had mixed feelings about the contest’s outcome.

“I think we did a lot of good things,” Toews said. “We played well right off the bat in the first period, and then we just kind of maybe let up and we gave them that two-goal lead. I think the rest of the game we kept coming back. We put a lot of pressure on them for the next 40. We just couldn’t find a way to score enough goals to win.

“We’ll keep working, not get overly frustrated by that game. It is a frustrating game, but we’ll stay with it and we know we can build off that effort and start playing better hockey than we have been the last few games.”

Things would be even more frustrating if the Blackhawks lack a few points for a division title come season’s end.

The Blackhawks have squandered 11 points this season with overtime and shootout losses. They’re 4-11 in overtime and shootout games. Last season they were 11-5 after such finishes.

“Our record in overtimes is rather one-sided against us,” Quenneville said. “Certainly a tough situation for us. … That’s a lot of points. At the end of the day, it’s what it is. We should be better in that area.”



Patrick Sharp
78 34 44 13
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26