Brent Seabrook doing it all for Blackhawks
By Ben Meyer-Abbott firstname.lastname@example.org October 26, 2011 9:02PM
Updated: November 28, 2011 10:19AM
Defenseman Brent Seabrook played a game-high 29 minutes,
13 seconds — including 7:16 on the penalty kill — in the Blackhawks’ 3-2 shootout victory Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks.
The Hawks killed five of six short-handed situations against the Ducks and entered action Wednesday ranked fifth in the league in penalty killing at 91.3 percent after struggling in that department last season.
‘‘We just rededicated ourselves,’’ Seabrook said. ‘‘We’re getting in lanes, we’re blocking shots, we’re getting good clears. It’s four guys and [goalie Corey] Crawford working together to get the job done.’’
Seabrook also had a game-high seven hits.
‘‘He was real physical,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said. ‘‘He’s a factor with the puck [despite] defending against those big guys for as much as he did. That’s a big night’s work, and I thought he did a great job. That [defensive] pairing [with Niklas Hjalmarsson] has been pretty effective against top lines.’’
During the game Tuesday, the Hawks announced the creation of the Eddie Olczyk Award to support youth hockey players and teams in Illinois. The award will give grants to individuals and families in need of assistance to participate in youth hockey.
Olczyk, the Hawks’ TV analyst, is a native of Palos Heights who had a 16-year NHL career with several teams, including the Hawks.
Emery on tap
Goalie Ray Emery is expected to get a start in the coming week because the Hawks will begin a stretch of three games in four days Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes.