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Will Seabrook play? Coach Q says maybe

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  • Vancouver Canucks left wing Raffi Torres, No. 13, got a 2-minute penalty for hitting Brent Seabrook during Game 3 in Chicago. The NHL didn't suspend Torres for the hit.

      Vancouver Canucks left wing Raffi Torres, No. 13, got a 2-minute penalty for hitting Brent Seabrook during Game 3 in Chicago. The NHL didn't suspend Torres for the hit.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

 
 

On Tuesday, the Blackhawks dedicated their blowout win to injured defenseman Brent Seabrook.

Tonight, Seabrook just might be back in the lineup to help his mates try and make it two in a row.

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"He's coming on the trip and there's a possibility he could play," coach Joel Quenneville said.

Seabrook was injured Sunday when he took a shoulder to the head from Vancouver's Raffi Torres, a hit that many thought at the least should've been a major penalty and at the most was grounds for suspension.

But the league didn't see it that way and Torres was back on the ice for the Hawks shellacking of the Canucks.

"With Seabs being out and then you don't even see a suspension for Torres; you're definitely going to gather together behind that," Hawks winger Patrick Kane said. "Who knows when he's going to be back? Hopefully sooner rather than later.

"Especially with a hit like that and you don't see the guy get suspended that's kind of a tough one to swallow."

John Scott replaced Seabrook on the blue line, and Quenneville sounded pleased with what the big guy brought to the table.

"I think a lot of people rolled their eyes when we announced that he was going to play on the back end," Quenneville said. "But at he same time, we played five big games down the stretch and John Scott was on the back end and he played meaningful minutes in those games, important minutes.

"He settled things down and played well defensively. He's got a purpose to his game. He's not just a one-dimensional player."

But if Seabrook returns Thursday night, will there be room for Scott in the lineup?

"We'll look at our options," Quenneville said. "There's some consideration for him up front, but at the same time we'll see how Seabs is we might have some tough decisions."

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