Saturday, April 23, 2011
Hawks 'hopeful' Brent Seabrook will play
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook says he's symptom-free and is hopeful to play in Game 6 of the team's Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Vancouver Canucks Sunday night at the United Center.
Seabrook was on the ice Saturday for the first time since Game 3 of the series when he was hit in the head by Canucks winger Raffi Torres.
"I felt excited out there today [Saturday]," Seabrook said. "Getting on the ice with the guys, joking and laughing and overall excited."
When asked if he would play in Sunday's critical game Seabrook said, "We'll see."
Coach Joel Quenneville is looking forward to possibly getting a key player back in the lineup.
"We are hoping he can play," Quenneville said. "We'll know more on Sunday but that's where we're at today. ... Nice to see him return [to practice]. He's one of our leaders and go-to guys in a lot of aspects and his presence is felt throughout the room."
Seabrook finished Game 3 despite receiving the controversial hit to the head by Torres. The NHL reviewed the check and deemed no further punishment was appropriate. Torres was called for interference on the play. Seabrook subsequently missed Game 4 and 5.
"It was really frustrating," Seabrook said of not playing. "I was talking with them [his teammates] and asking for another chance to get in the lineup. They've done an unbelievable job. Hopefully Sunday is a better day for me and I can get back in there and help the guys out."
The Blackhawks had trailed in the series 3-0, before winning the last two games.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.