Hit on Seabrook 'brutal, major... absolutely'

Hit on Seabrook 'brutal, major... absolutely'

Sunday, April 17, 2011
Posted: 11:20 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Defenseman Brent Seabrook came back from the shoulder-to-head hit that Raffi Torres put on him in the second period. But Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was still very unhappy with the call or lack thereof on the Canucks left winger.

Seabrook was facing the boards when Torres came in and went shoulder first into Seabrooks head. Seabrook crumpled to the ice for several seconds before returning to the bench. He played a shift or two and got hit another time or two - before going off to be re-evaluated.

Torres was penalized two minutes for interference. Quenneville thought it should have been higher.

Brutal, major, absolutely. They missed it. We couldve scored four goals on that play, said Quenneville, who added Seabrook did have to go off at the end of the second period to settle down. Were lucky hes a big Western Canadian kid. Someone else wouldve been on a stretcher.

Torres did not talk to the media after Sundays game. Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault saw the Torres hit differently.

Hockey is a collision sport, theres a lot of intensity. I compare that hit to (Ryan) Getzlaf on (Dan) Hamhuis, and (Getzlaf) didnt even get a two-minute minor. I didnt think it was a penalty.

"Obviously you never want to see a player get hurt, and I understand where (the league) is going with it, but hockey is a physical game. I think each and every one of us wants it to stay a physical game without players getting hurt, but in a collision sport theres always going to be injuries.

Seabrook said he didnt have control of the puck and didnt see Torres coming.

I dont know what I was looking at to be honest with you, he said.

Torres just came off a four-game suspension the last two regular-season and first two postseason games - for his hit to the head of Edmonton rookie Jordan Eberle on April 5.

I havent watched the hit yet so I dont want to comment on it, Seabrook said. Hes a hard-nosed guy. Hes been in trouble with the league before for doing the same kind of thing. Im going to leave it at that and let the league look at it and whatever they do is what we have to deal with.

Asked if he thought the hit was worth a suspension, Quenneville said I dont have to worry about that. Its not my call. The guy didnt even get through his first game back off one.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks host Coyotes tonight on CSN+

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks host Coyotes tonight on CSN+

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Arizona Coyotes tonight on CSN+ and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. A high-scoring affair?

In three meetings last season, the Blackhawks amassed 18 goals and captured victories in all three of them by final scores of 7-5, 5-4 (OT) and 6-2. The Blackhawks could use a high-scoring game, having scored only one goal or fewer in six of their last eight games. Of course, they could also use a win to avoid losing three straight for the first time this season. The good news is, they've had their way with the Coyotes for a while now, owning a 9-1-2 against them since the start of the 2012-13 season.

2. Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin.

The dynamic duo of Kane and Panarin gave the Coyotes headaches last year, combining for four goals and eight assists in those three contests. Even before that, Kane has given them problems. The reigning Hart Trophy winner has 10 goals and 26 assists in 29 career games against the Coyotes, averaging 1.24 points per game. It could be a long night for Mike Smith.

3. Get shots on net.

The Blackhawks have been outshot in six of their last seven games, which isn't exactly a formula for success despite them having a 3-3-1 record during that span. The Coyotes are coming to town as the worst team in the league, by far, in shots allowed per game at 35.4 and gave up 60 shots on goal to Columbus over the weekend. This should be a confidence-building game for the Blackhawks.

4. Control the puck.

To get shots on goal, you have to have the puck. Luckily for the Blackhawks, they should have it a lot tonight. The Coyotes are the worst puck possession team in the league, controlling only 44.6 percent of the even-strength shot attempts while the Blackhawks rank near the middle of the pack at 50.4. There's no excuse for the Blackhawks not to be in the offensive zone more than their own.

5. Rookies gone quiet.

Ryan Hartman, Vinnie Hinostroza and Tyler Motte all stepped up in large roles during the Circus Trip, but have been quiet on the scoresheet since the Blackhawks returned to Chicago. With Corey Crawford and Jonathan Toews out, two of the Blackhawks' most important players, it's crucial to get contributions from every player to make up for those losses. The veterans have been leading the way lately, but it hasn't been enough for an offense that has dried up. Perhaps one of the young guns can provide that spark the team is looking for.

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Blackhawks prospects Alex DeBrincat, Chad Krys named to USA's preliminary World Juniors roster

Blackhawks prospects Alex DeBrincat, Chad Krys named to USA's preliminary World Juniors roster

Blackhawks prospects Alex DeBrincat and Chad Krys were selected to Team USA's preliminary roster for the World Junior Championships, USA Hockey announced Monday.

They're two of five players that have been brought back after helping USA take home the bronze medal at last year's tournament.

DeBrincat, the Blackhawks' 2016 second-round pick (No. 36 overall), leads the Ontario Hockey League this season with 28 goals and ranks second with 56 points in 26 games with the Erie Otters. The 5-foot-7 winger, who turns 19 on Dec. 18, had one goal in five tournament games last year.

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Krys, the Blackhawks' 2016 second-round pick (No. 45 overall), has one goal and one assist in 14 games so far during his freshman year at Boston University.

He's no stranger to international hockey.

Krys, 18, most recently sported the red, white and blue sweater last year with the U.S National under-18 team in the United States Hockey League, where he scored three goals and added 26 assists in 53 games.

The players will attend training camp from Dec. 16-20 in Buffalo followed by an additional camp from Dec. 20-24, which will include pre-tournament games on Dec. 21 against Switzerland and Dec. 23 against the Czech Republic, both of which will take place in Ontario.

The 23-man roster is expected to be finalized by Dec. 24.