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CHICAGO -- With the momentum already in their favor, the Chicago Blackhawks received more good news Sunday.
Defenseman Brent Seabrook played in Game 6 of Chicago's first-round series with the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night. Seabrook missed the series' past two games after a controversial hit in the head by Raffi Torres in Game 3.
"He's an important part of our team," Quenneville said before the Blackhawks won 4-3 in overtime to force a Game 7. "His makeup and leadership qualities are a big part of our team. Even though he wasn't playing you could feel his presence around the locker room and the guys. They competed for him."
Fellow defenseman Duncan Keith had scored four goals in the last three games, picking up the slack with Seabrook gone on both ends of the ice.
"The fact that he gets to play again is going to help us out in a lot of ways," Quenneville said of Seabrook. "He assumes a lot of quality ice time in all situations, as well as gives us some size and some presence back there. He's got a big shot offensively, so it's nice to have him back there."
The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Seabrook entered Sunday with five goals and 18 assists in 42 career playoff games. He had not scored in the three games he has played in the Canucks' series and is a minus-1. During the regular season, Seabrook had nine goals, 39 assists and had 227 hits.Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.