Seabrook misses second straight game
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Blackhawks played their second straight game without defenseman Brent Seabrook on Thursday.
Seabrook made the trip with his teammates, but Hawks coach Joel Quenneville ruled Seabrook out Thursday morning and kept John Scott on defense for the second game in a row.
"There's a chance he could have played, but we found out today he's not," Quenneville said following the morning skate.
Judging from Quenneville's comment and tone it sounded as if Seabrook didn't pass the NHL-mandated baseline testing for players returning from concussions.
"He's just not ready to go, so we'll leave it at that," Quenneville said.
Seabrook was hurt in Game 3 on a hit to his head from Canucks winger Raffi Torres, who escaped suspension from the NHL. Thanks to that decision by league chief of discipline Colin Campbell, Torres has been able to play in the last two games of the series while the Hawks have been without their most consistent defenseman.
"He plays is all situations, is a big and physical body back there and very useful in a lot of ways," teammate Patrick Kane said. "I think a lot of us and probably a lot of people in the NHL feel Torres should have been suspended, not only one game but probably a little more than that. It didn't happen and it's in the past."
The Hawks went into Game 5 without a goal from Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews or Marian Hossa in the series.
"I can't complain about the opportunities I'm getting, but at the same time you have to find a way to generate something," Toews said. "I think Kaner and I have had plenty of chances the last couple games."
The Canucks were looking for the knockout blow again coming off a 7-2 loss in Game 4.
"They're a tough team to play against," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "They have a great transition game with their defense jumping up in the rush in every opportunity. We needed to manage the puck well and make sure we were strong 1-on-1."
Upon further review:
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis complained to series supervisor Rob Shick that the Hawks were offsides before their second goal from Brian Campbell in Game 4.
"I said to Mike, yes, it was offside, but they did score 5 more," Shick told the Vancouver Sun. "He acknowledged he was well aware of those."
Neither John Scott nor Kevin Bieksa spoke to the media following Thursday's morning skate, disappointing those reporters looking for more of their sniping at each other.
Bieksa did talk after practice Wednesday and took a shot at Dave Bolland and his 4 points in Game 4.
"To tell you the truth, I didn't really notice him too much," Bieksa said. "It doesn't matter if he's in the lineup or Stan Mikita, we still play the same way." Tip-ins:
Jake Dowell and Fernando Pisani were the Hawks scratches. … The Canucks sat defenseman Keith Ballard and winger Victor Oreskovich.
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