Brent, not broken: Seabrook delivers again
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org June 19, 2013 11:32PM
Updated: June 20, 2013 8:32AM
BOSTON — Somehow — and in another dramatic, unbelievable way — Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook managed to top his overtime game-winner in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series against the hated Detroit Red Wings.
That comes with playing in the Stanley Cup Final. That comes with facing a 3-1 series hole against the beat-you-up Boston Bruins if you don’t find a way to prevail after blowing numerous leads.
“It’s exciting,” Seabrook said after scoring 9:51 into overtime of Game 4 of the Final at TD Garden on Wednesday. “Everybody worked so hard tonight, everybody’s worked so hard through the playoffs, we’re all contributing. It doesn’t matter if I score or anybody else scores, it’s nice to get the win and move on to the next day.”
The Hawks’ reunited first line of Bryan Bickell, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane put the pressure on the Bruins leading up to Seabrook’s game-winner. Kane fired the initial shot, Toews fought for space with defenseman Zdeno Chara in front of goalie Tuukka Rask and Bickell fired another shot that bounced to Seabrook. He then fired from the top of the right circle through a bevy of players and beat Rask over his far shoulder.
This time it wasn’t close-your-eyes-and-shoot like Seabrook said after eliminating the Red Wings on May 29.
No,” Seabrook said with a smile. “I like shooting in that spot. But to be honest, I was just trying to get it past the centerman, their forward coming out and trying to block it. They do such a good job of blocking shots, getting in the way, getting in lanes.
“I just tried to get it past the first guy. I thought all the forwards on the ice [helped]. Kane made a great play putting it on the ice, Bickell tried putting it there, it bounced around a little bit. Our forwards did a good job of getting in front and boxing out. It was just a great play.”
The Hawks were able to rally from a 3-1 series hole against the Red Wings. But doing it again against the Bruins seemed unlikely with how the Final has gone.
Seabrook made it a best-of-three series for the Hawks, restoring their home-ice advantage.
“It’s down to best-of-three,” Seabrook said. “We want to win games, find a way to win ’em any way we can.”