'Hawks look to Flyers for inspiration

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is congratulated by Jonathan Toews after he scores a...

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is congratulated by Jonathan Toews after he scores a goal in the first period during Game 3 of their NHL Western conference quarter-final hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Chicago, April 17, 2011. (REUTERS/Frank Polich)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:04 PM ET

CHICAGO - Philly cheesy?

Yup. Suggesting that Chicago can still win this series because, after all, Philadelphia came back from a 3-0 series deficit last year is a pretty desperate reach.

But when they look at the alternative - crushing playoff defeat - why not reach?

So the dead men walking are using a team, the Flyers, that hasn’t won a Stanley Cup in 35 years as their source of inspiration against the Vancouver Canucks.

“You have to draw some hope off of that,” said Troy Brouwer, as the Hawks prepare to fight off elimination on Game 4 tonight at the United Center. “You didn’t really pay attention to it till they got to about Game 6 but it had to start somewhere.”

One game is all they’re shooting for to keep the series alive.

“For us it’s not keeping it alive,” said Brouwer. “We’re trying to win.”

Oh, right, Philly.

“It goes to show you that it is possible,” said Chris Campoli. “But you can’t win all four games in one day.”

All they need is one, they say, and momentum could be on their side for good.

“It’s a seven game series for a reason,” said Brouwer. “It doesn’t matter if we’re down three or we’re down one, we’re coming in with the same mentality.

“It all starts with tonight. We’re in a tough situation but there’s no reason we can’t win four games here.

“We have something to prove. It hasn’t been a 3-0 series as far as we’re concerned. We want to turn some heads and make it a series again.”

And the Canucks want to end it. Here and now. Or later.

“We know if we play our game we have a good chance of winning tonight,” said Henrik Sedin. “If it doesn’t happen we go back to Vancouver and do the same thing there.”

SEABROOK OUT, TORRES IN

Mission accomplished for Raffi Torres and the Canucks.

Chicago defenceman Brent Seabrook is out with a suspected concussion, courtesy of a Torres head shot on Game 3, and won’t play tonight.

“Upper body,” is all Joel Quenneville would say on the subject.

Seabrook had a headache after the game, a full body ache the next day and didn’t skate Tuesday morning.

They won’t say what it is, but those only thing that creeps on like that two days later is a concussion.

“Over the course of the last couple of days we were evaluating him... we made our decision this morning,” said Quenneville. “I don’t think we disclose everything, sore can mean a lot of things.”

The Canucks understand the significance of a team down 3-0 losing one of its best defencemen.

“It puts even more pressure on their team,” said Alex Burrows. He’s a big body who plays a lot of minutes. He’s a world class player, if we don’t have to face him every shift it makes it easier.”

Torres has been hiding from the media for two days - odd, considering Vancouver’s position is that it was a clean hit.

The Hawks plan to insert Dave Bolland into the lineup, the professional Sedin pesterer has been out for a month with a concussion.

“Watching him practice and watching him skate, he’s been ready to play for a while,” said Quenneville. “He can handle responsibility and he’ll have some given to him.”


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