Hawks’ defense does Brent Seabrook proud
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com April 19, 2011 11:12PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Brent Seabrook said the best retribution against Vancouver Canucks pest Raffi Torres, who leveled Seabrook with a hit to the head Sunday, would be for the Blackhawks to win Tuesday night and send the Western Conference playoff series back to Vancouver.
Strong performances by the Hawks’ defensive corps — playing without Seabrook — helped make it happen.
Brian Campbell and Duncan Keith scored 17 seconds apart in the second period. Keith, who called the questionable hit on Seabrook ‘‘a cheap shot,” also took a crack at Torres, receiving a cross-checking penalty in the first period.
‘‘We had to do what we had to,’’ Campbell said. ‘‘Hopefully, Seabrook can get back soon. We’re a better team with Brent in the lineup, but you move on. It’s not like we can sit here and make excuses of him not being around. We’ve just got to keep going.’’
A day after saying he felt good, Seabrook sat out with what were believed to be concussion-like symptoms — the result of Torres driving his shoulder into a puckless Seabrook’s head in Game 2. He’s officially day-to-day.
The Hawks’ blue line, which included tough guy John Scott on Tuesday, all saw their minutes and responsibilities increase. Chris Campoli played 23:20, showed some fire during a brief skirmish in the third period and had six hits. Niklas Hjalmarsson had an assist and was a plus-4, while rookie Nick Leddy saw time on the first power-play unit.
Luongo in deep
Roberto Luongo’s strategy of staying deeper in his net to avoid extra contact has helped the Canucks all season and has been a factor against the Hawks.
Winger Patrick Kane, who entered the series with a history of success against Luongo, has noticed the difference.
‘‘He can get over a bit quicker and see the puck better,’’ Kane said.
But the Hawks found plenty of holes Tuesday. Luongo allowed six goals on 28 shots and left the game after 44:03.
In and out
With Dave Bolland (concussion) and Bryan Bickell (wrist) returning, Fernando Pisani and Jake Dowell were scratched. Ryan Johnson, a healthy scratch in Game 3, returned to center the fourth line as Scott moved to defense.