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Blackhawks' Seabrook knows he has to be better

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By Brian Hedger
Special to the Daily Herald

Brent Seabrook met with reporters Tuesday at O'Hare Airport and didn't mince words about his performance in Game 4 on Monday in the Blackhawks' 5-2 loss at the Staples Center.

After being on the ice for both of the Kings' power-play goals in the first period, Seabrook vowed to raise his level of play for Game 5 on Wednesday night at the United Center, with the Hawks down 3-1 and facing elimination for the first time this postseason.

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"I've got to be better," Seabrook said. "It doesn't just start with the penalty kill. It's in every facet of the game.

"I think some things happened last game that are uncharacteristic (of us), but I'd say you've got to give L.A. credit. They're forcing us into different situations, but we've got to be better and we will be better."

Seabrook came into the series tied with Marian Hossa for the team lead in points, with 2 goals and 9 assists. He hasn't recorded a point in the first four games against the Kings and is minus-1 for the series.

Getting shots is one of the biggest problem areas for Seabrook. The Hawks are struggling to maintain puck possession in the Kings' zone, and Seabrook's opportunities to pound pucks from the right point aren't as available as they were against St. Louis and Minnesota.

Defensively, he had issues filling shooting lanes and covering forwards around the net. He was caught flat-footed in the low slot on Jake Muzzin's power-play goal Monday that gave the Kings a 1-0 lead and was on the ice again when Dustin Brown was left uncovered and made it 3-0.

"I've got to be better," Seabrook said. "I was out there for both of those goals. I've got to be better in those situations to help out Corey Crawford, help out everybody out on the ice, and we have to get the job done. That's a big part of the series."

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