Joel Quenneville limited Brent Seabrook in third vs. Hurricanes
By Ben Meyer-Abbott email@example.com October 29, 2011 11:52PM
Chicago Blackhawks Vs Columbus Blue Jackets 1St-Period action. Blackhawks No.81 Marian Hossa battles around Columbus Blue Jackets No. 51 Fedor Tyutin. Saturday October 29, 2011 . I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
Updated: January 23, 2012 3:40AM
Defenseman Brent Seabrook took only three shifts in the third period of the Blackhawks’ 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday that Seabrook wasn’t injured and that most of the time he missed came after Brandon Sutter’s breakaway goal that gave the Canes a 2-0 lead 5:39 into the period.
Sutter’s goal came moments after he stepped out of the penalty box with Seabrook the closest Hawks player in the vicinity.
Seabrook was minus-1 in 17:33 with three blocked shots and three hits in the game.
“He didn’t play much [in the third period], that’s where we’re at,” Quenneville said. “He didn’t play much after that goal there.”
Earlier in the third period, Seabrook was stripped at the offensive blue line by Hurricanes captain Eric Staal while the Hawks were on the power play.
Seabrook chased Staal down and appeared to get the faintest of touches on him before being called for a penalty shot.
“I wasn’t happy at the time when I saw the replay on the big screen,” Quenneville said. “Live, I wasn’t sure.”
Overall, Quenneville said he has been pleased with Seabrook’s play early in the season, especially in the Hawks’ 3-2 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Seabrook had game highs of seven blocked shots, 29:13 played and 7:16 short-handed.
“He’s been fine,” Quenneville said. “He came off a real strong game there, very physical the other night at home.”
Hawks prospect Kyle Beach reportedly was injured in a fight during in the Rockford IceHogs’ game against the Peoria Rivermen in the American Hockey League.
Beach was bloodied and dislocated his right shoulder in a third-period fight, according to the Peoria Journal Star.
“I’m aware of what happened,” Quenneville said. “I don’t know the extent of the injuries.”
Hockey fights cancer
Geneva resident Lawson Frank performed the ceremonial puck drop before the game as part of the Hawks’ “Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night.”
Frank, 13, is battling rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood cancer.