Seabrook ruled out of Game 4

Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook lays on the ice after taking a blindside hit to the head from...

Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook lays on the ice after taking a blindside hit to the head from Canucks forward Raffi Torres during Game 3 of their NHL Western conference quarterfinal in Chicago, Ill. on April 17, 2011. (JONATHAN DANIEL/Getty Images/AFP)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:46 PM ET

Mission accomplished for Raffi Torres and the Vancouver Canucks.

Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook will sit out Game 4 Tuesday with a suspected concussion courtesy of a Torres head shot in Game 3.

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

"Over the course of the last couple of days we were evaluating him," said Chicago coach Joel Quenneville. "We made our decision in the morning."

Torres is a player who hits to hurt -- he's sent several players to the training room in his day -- and was clearly trying to do more than separate Seabrook from the puck with the hellacious hit Sunday. He escaped suspension because the NHL has decided to be more lenient on head shots behind the net, which they've come to describe as a "hitting zone."

But it's a fine line Torres walks. As soon as the league can catch up to him, they'll lower the boom (ask Matt Cooke).

Torres still hasn't commented on the situation. He's been hiding from the media for two days -- odd, considering Vancouver's position is that it was a clean hit.

But the Canucks say they aren't asking him to change. Why would they? He rid their opponent of a top player.

"He's a physical, emotional player, he'll play the same way," said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. "All players are continuing to be educated on what's accepted and what's not but this is still a physical game and I don't expect that part of his game to change."

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."

- Goalie Corey Crawford was a saviour in Chicago this year, but his work with the Hawks wasn't good enough for a Calder nomination. Those went to Jeff Skinner, Logan Courture and Michael Grabner.

"He definitely deserves it," said 'Hawks captain Jonathan Toews. "It probably just shows there's a lot of great young players this year. He's had a heck of a year starting so many games for us. Without him, who knows if we'd be this far. He stepped up when we needed him. He's been a big part of our team."

Crawford was supposed to be the understudy to Marty Turco, but took his job away early in the season.

"There's a reason they made him their No.1 goaltender," said Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault. "They have an experienced goaltender who's been in a lot of battles, but Crawford came in and took that No.1 job and has been one of the best goaltenders in the league. They had 97 points, he did a great job for them."

- Marian Hossa has been a playoff hero before, but he was a zero (as in not one point) through the first three games of the series with Vancouver.

"I didn't produce like I would like to," he said, surrounded by reporters at the morning skate. "I know I needed to produce more offensively. Sometimes you don't get those goals or points, doesn't mean you didn't get the chances or weren't in the scoring areas, it's a little bit about the luck, too."

- The Hawks inserted forward Dave Bolland into the lineup for Game 4. The professional Sedin pesterer has been out for a month with a concussion.

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