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Blackhawks try to regain footing without Seabrook

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks felt the repercussions of Brent Seabrook’s hit on David Backes again on Sunday.

How it affects the rest of their playoff series against the St. Louis Blues remains to be seen.

Seabrook was suspended for three games by the NHL on his 29th birthday for his elbow to Backes’ head late in the third period of St. Louis’ 4-3 overtime win in Game 2.

Now Chicago has to dig out of a 2-0 hole without one of its best defensemen in a rocky start to its Stanley Cup title defense.

“You need his size, you need his presence and experience and his leadership,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said before Seabrook’s suspension was announced. “He’s got the big shot on the point and he’s on our power play as well. He kills penalties, so he plays all important minutes.”

*Photo courtesy of Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

 

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