Seabrook happy to be back giving Blackhawks an assist — or two
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter April 27, 2014 8:54PM
Updated: April 27, 2014 11:24PM
Brent Seabrook would never make it as a sportswriter. Or a fan, for that matter.
‘‘I can’t watch hockey,’’ the Hawks defenseman said. ‘‘I don’t know how you guys do it. It’s tough. You’re hanging on every shot, every save, every play. You want to be out there helping the guys.’’
Seabrook finally got to do that Sunday, returning from a three-game suspension he received for his high hit on St. Louis Blues captain David Backes in Game 2. Seabrook logged 22 minutes and had two assists Sunday, bumping his total for the series to six points in just three games.
‘‘He was good,’’ defensive partner Duncan Keith said. ‘‘I think our coaches have been giving him some good skates [during the suspension].’’
After the game, Seabrook spoke for the first time since the Department of Player Safety rendered its verdict. Seabrook, who said after the hit that he never intended to hurt Backes, praised former director of player safety Brendan Shanahan and interim discipline czar Stephane Quintal.
‘‘I didn’t like it, obviously,’’ he said. ‘‘But I respect their decision. . . . It’s a tough job for those guys to do that. One side’s always going to be [ticked] off.’’
There wasn’t any real retaliation by the Blues on Seabrook — the stakes were far too high — but Backes did flatten him behind the net in the second period. During the postgame handshake, the two were cordial, having a quick word and moving on.
‘‘We haven’t talked,’’ Seabrook said. ‘‘I can’t say what he thinks about me, but I’m not a player like that. I’ve been here for nine years, and you guys have seen the way I play. It was not my intention. It wasn’t deliberate. He’s one of their best players, you want to play him tough, you want to play him hard, but you don’t want to go out there and hurt anybody. Like I said after that game, it’s tough to see anybody laying there, whether it’s your worst enemy or your best friend.’’