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Blackhawks' Seabrook displaying penchant for points

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 5:14 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / Blackhawks-Kings series blog

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Blackhawks' Seabrook displaying penchant for points

CHICAGO -- Brent Seabrook is one of the core group players with long-term contracts for the Chicago Blackhawks, but he often gets overshadowed by bigger names on the roster.

If you look at the Blackhawks' stats during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Seabrook's name is near the top in scoring. In fact, the first-pair defenseman is tied with captain Jonathan Toews for second with 11 points (two goals, nine assists).

Chicago leads the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 in the best-of-7 Western Conference Final, and Seabrook again played well Sunday at United Center. He led the Blackhawks with five hits, blocked four shots and put two shots on goal, finishing with a plus-1 rating in 23:33 of ice time.

Game 2 is Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

It's been his penchant for points that have started to make people mention his name during Chicago's Stanley Cup defense.

"Things are just happening to be honest," said Seabrook, who's had a point in seven of the 10 games he's played this postseason. "I got some shots through and some tips and making plays. Our forwards are so skilled, you [just] give them a second chance in the zone or a little more of an opportunity by keeping the puck in or something like that."

Seabrook missed three games in the first round for a suspension resulting from an illegal hit in Game 2 against the St. Louis Blues. He scored a goal and had an assist in each of the first two games, which each ended in an overtime loss.

Since his return from the suspension, Seabrook's play has stood out along the blue line and in front of goalie Corey Crawford.

"He gets fired up at playoff time every year," left wing Patrick Sharp said. "He's a great playoff player. When he came back [from suspension], we definitely felt that he wanted to make up for those three games he missed and I think he's been great ever since."

Seabrook's rating is plus-4, he's tied for the Blackhawks lead in power-play points (three), is shooting 11.8 percent on 17 shots, and is second with 29 blocked shots.

"No one seems to talk about the offensive production that [Seabrook] is putting up," Sharp said. "He seems to be one of those guys that just flies under the radar and people take him for granted, because he just consistently does it time in and time out."

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I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

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