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Hawks hope Seabrook can play in Game 6

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  • Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has missed the past two games after being hit by Raffi Torres in Game 3. Coach Joel Quenneville is hopefully that Seabrook will be able to play Sunday night.

      Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has missed the past two games after being hit by Raffi Torres in Game 3. Coach Joel Quenneville is hopefully that Seabrook will be able to play Sunday night.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

 
 

Sometimes you need a code breaker by your side when trying to decipher the Blackhawks when it comes to their injured players.

Take for example defenseman Brent Seabrook, who missed the last two games with a concussion, but skated in practice Saturday morning in preparation for Sunday's Game 6 at the United Center.

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After practice, Seabrook met the media and it went a little something like this:

"Do you have symptoms now?"

"Nope."

"Optimistic you'll play (Sunday)?"

"We'll see. We'll see."

"Is it just a matter of passing the (concussion guidelines on Sunday)?"

"We'll see."

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville was a little clearer.

"We hope he can play," Quenneville said. "We'll know more (Sunday), but that's where we're at today."

What is crystal clear is Seabrook's desire to get back out on the ice after missing part of Game 3 -- thanks to the infamous Raffi Torres shoulder to the head -- and all of the next two games.

"It was very frustrating," Seabrook said. "Obviously you want to be out there with the guys.

"I was talking with them and asking for another chance to get in the lineup and they've done an unbelievable job. They've played two great games.

"Hopefully (Sunday) will be a better day for me and I can back out there and help the guys out."

Seabrook's return might be just the boost the Hawks need to continue their blitz on the Canucks, who lead the series 3-2.

"He's one of our leaders and a go-to guy in a lot of aspects," Quenneville said. "His presence is felt through the room and among the guys as well."

Will Seabrook provide that presence on the ice when the puck is dropped shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Sunday?

We'll see.

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