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Versteeg out, Brookbank in for Game 6

5/30/2014

LOS ANGELES -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg was a healthy scratch and was replaced by Sheldon Brookbank against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Friday.

Versteeg had played in Chicago's previous seven games; he was a healthy scratch in two previous games in these playoffs. He sat the final 50 minutes, 4 seconds of Game 5 after being on the ice for a Kings goal in the second period. He has one goal, two assists and is a minus-5 in 14 playoff games this season.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday he expected more out of Versteeg.

“It was a tough night, the one shift in particular," Quenneville said. “You just got to battle through it. It's a competitive game, not a lot of time, not a lot of space. You've got to do whatever you can to advance the puck and contribute.”

Brookbank, whose primary position is defenseman, has two assists and is a plus-4 in six playoff games this season. He last played against the Minnesota Wild on May 13 in the second round.