If Brent Seabrook
is able to play in Game 6 for Chicago, that means Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville
will have an interesting decision on his hands regarding 6-foot-8, 258-pound enforcer John Scott
-- who's actually had a larger role in this series than most would've expected.
Since Seabrook was hurt with a hit by Raffi Torres
in Game 3, Scott has played and provided a physical presence for the Hawks in a pair of blowout wins -- games in which play got chippy.
"They have a couple guys that like to finish their hits and stir it up kind of, and with him on the ice it seems like everything quiets down," Hawks forward Bryan Bickell
said of Scott. "I wouldn't want to have a guy coming at me, who's 6-8 and starting to stir up stuff, so I think it's good to have his presence on the ice."
agreed and said this kind of hard-hitting series is tailor-made for Scott.
"When he's on the ice, his stature might be a little intimidating or guys don't want to be around him, but he's in the mix," Brouwer said. "He's getting hits on the Sedins. He got hit by Torres last game pretty hard and he likes that kind of stuff. He's in there and battling, having fun."
Scott has been a healthy scratch for much of the regular season, but always seems to have a smile on his face off the ice -- not to mention some golden quips to fill up reporters' notebooks.
"It's funny, because for such a big guy and such a big body he's such a great guy, such a nice guy and brings that laughter and evenness that we need right now," Brouwer said. "Having him around and even having him on the ice has been a big impact, I think."
Would Brouwer go so far as to say he's this team's version of Adam Burish
, who always had a gaggle of reporters crowded around his locker stall because of his clever remarks?
"No, I don't think (Scott's) quite as witty with the beak, but he's always keeping us laughing, keeping us on our toes and having some fun," Brouwer said, laughing. "Didn't matter if we were struggling during the season or in the playoffs, he was always there for that comic relief, I guess.”