Seabrook nearing return for 'Hawks

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:22 PM ET

CHICAGO - In the wake of convincing wins in Games 4 and 5, the Blackhawks are hoping to gain even more momentum with the return of defenceman Brent Seabrook.

Out with a concussion since Raffi Torres caught him behind the net in Game 3, Seabrook skated for the first time Saturday and declared himself close.

“I felt excited to be out there,” he said. “It was nice to get on the ice with the guys, joking and laughing out there.”

Seabrook felt OK the day after the Torres head shot, but concussion symptoms moved in the night before Game 4. He feels better now if he clears another test he should be good to go.

“We hope he can play, but we’ll know more Sunday,” said head coach Joel Quenneville, who won’t have any trouble finding use for a 6-foot-3, 220-pound top-two defenceman. “He certainly has a presence. He plays all situations and big minutes.He’s one of our leaders and go to guys in a lot of aspects.”

Seabrook is just pleasantly surprised there’s a series to come back to. It was 3-0 Canucks when he left.

“It was really frustrating, you want to be out there with the guys,” he said. “I was talking with them and asking for another chance to get in the lineup and they’ve done an unbelievable job, played two great games.

"Hopefully Sunday is a better day for me and I can get in there and help the guys out.”


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