Brent Seabrook gives Blackhawks’ attack a big boost
By Adam L. Jahns email@example.com November 10, 2011 10:04PM
Updated: December 13, 2011 9:02AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The sight of defenseman Brent Seabrook streaking down the wing with the puck and shooting with Viktor Stalberg around the Columbus Blue Jackets goal was one coach Joel Quenneville certainly likes.
It’s exactly what he wants really, and it got the Blackhawks off to a good start in their 6-3 victory Thursday night.
“We need our ‘D’ to be part of the offense,” Quenneville said.
That type of activity from the Hawks defense was lacking the last two games. Seabrook’s play resulted in a first-period goal for Jonathan Toews. Nick Leddy also led a rush later in the first which resulted in another goal for Toews.
“Sometimes you relieve puck pressure just by being an option or an outlet,” Quenneville said. “But we want these guys to get involved off the attack and in zone. There has got to more sightings offensively of our ‘D’ being in there.”
Thursday’s victory was a big day for the Hawks’ blue line as Seabrook (two assists), Leddy (two assists), Steve Montador (goal, assist), Duncan Keith (assist, plus-3) and Niklas Hjalmarsson (assist) all showed up.
“Some of the plays develop differently with some teams,” said Leddy, who leads the blue line with two goals and 10 points. “You just try to create as many chances as you can.”