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Brent Seabrook plays vs. Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook said he's doing fine after suffering a head injury in Sunday's 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. Seabrook was in the lineup for Tuesday night's 3-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"It feels good," Seabrook said after practice Tuesday morning. "All it was, was a scare. I felt good today, I felt good yesterday, I felt good the day before. I feel fine."

Seabrook was hit from behind late in the first period by former teammate Rene Bourque, who was kicked out and subsequently suspended for two additional games.

"I remember the whole thing," Seabrook said of going face-first into the boards. "Got hit and I heard Bourque say right away he was sorry. I couldn't get up so I put my head down and everyone seemed to think I was knocked out."

Seabrook left the game under his own power and the Blackhawks say they kept him out for precautionary reasons. He has a recent history of sustaining head shots.

"At that point it was a doctor's call," Seabrook said. "I said I wasn't out, I felt fine. I said I could go back out there but doc couldn't tell from the video if I was knocked out or I wasn't and he just pulled me for precautionary reasons."


Seabrook seemed satisfied with Bourque's punishment.

"I feel like (NHL head of discipline Brendan Shanahan) does a good job looking at the cases, individually," Seabrook said.

Chicago was looking for its sixth consecutive victory. Ray Emery has been in goal for the previous five wins and started again Tuesday.

"It's nice to play, but I really don't like to think about what I've done in the past. It's just tonight's game," Emery said before the game.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville indicated there's a "good chance" Corey Crawford would play Wednesday night against the Montreal Canadiens. Crawford hasn't played since being pulled in an overtime loss to Phoenix on Dec. 5, and with the Christmas holiday, the Blackhawks are off after Wednesday's game until Monday.

Forward Dan Carcillo missed his third straight game after suffering a head injury Dec. 14 against Minnesota. Quenneville called him "doubtful" for Wednesday's contest, saying the extra time during the holiday break would help Carcillo get healthy.

Sidney Crosby was out for the Penguins with concussion-like symptoms, but Jordan Staal returned after missing three of the past four games. Marc-Andre Fleury started in goal for Pittsburgh.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.