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Seabrook suffers injury in Blackhawks' win

Sunday, 11.13.2011 / 9:30 PM / News

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

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Seabrook suffers injury in Blackhawks' win
Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook left Sunday's game after losing an edge and slamming into the boards in the second period.
CHICAGO -- The way their defensemen are scoring goals and racking up points lately, the last thing the Chicago Blackhawks need is an injury that keeps one of them out for more than a couple games.

Brent Seabrook
Defense - CHI
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 7
SOG: 30 | +/-: 1
Chicago just recently got back star defenseman Duncan Keith from a three-game absence because of a hand injury and now might be without his defense partner for a stretch.

Brent Seabrook left Sunday night's 6-3 win at the United Center against the Edmonton Oilers about midway through the second period and didn't return after crashing hard into the boards. He wasn't hit and appeared to lose an edge while carrying the puck before smashing into the end boards.

Seabrook, who just scored his first goal of the season this past Friday against Calgary, got up and left the ice slowly while favoring his left leg. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said the team will know more about the injury -- deemed a lower-body injury --on Monday after a re-examination.

"He's day to day right now," said Quenneville, who wasn't sure if Seabrook would be able to make Chicago's upcoming six-game road trip that starts on Wednesday in Vancouver. "We'll see how he presents (on Monday morning)."

The Blackhawks will not practice on Monday before leaving for Vancouver. If Seabrook has to miss more than a couple games, it could be tough to fill his role. He was recently re-paired with Keith on the
top pairing and was averaging 23:45 of ice time per game.

"Well, we missed (Keith) there for his three games," said Quenneville, whose Hawks earned just one point in those contests. "It's obviously a void with all the quality ice time and in all situations (Seabrook plays). He absorbs those type of minutes and you appreciate what he provides you."

If he's out for a stretch of games, it will be up to the Hawks' depth on the blue line to bridge the gap. Chicago carries eight defensemen on the roster and it's starting to look like a brilliant idea with the
recent injuries.

"All of a sudden everybody's coming in with more responsibility and playing in greater situations, as well," Quenneville said. "I thought we did a good job without (Seabrook) in this (second) half of the
game, but at the same time it presents that challenge going forward."
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