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Seabrook's injury continues awful week for Chicago

Mar 18, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

seabrook.jpgThe last week has been a nightmare for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Those ever-present questions about their goaltending reared their ugly head again. The weekend saw the young, talented team blow two third period leads in two days. They are now on a rare three game losing streak after a 4-2 loss against the Ducks that saw more than a few questionable calls by officials (seriously, how could Corey Perry get away with checking Brent Sopel from behind while the puck was in the air … a check that opened things up for Saku Koivu’s game winner?).

Still, those blows are of the temporary sort and are largely emotional.

Longer term problems may come in the form of injuries to their defensemen. As we know, Brian Campbell will miss the rest of the regular season and likely a big chunk (if not all of) the playoffs after Sunday’s hit from Alex Ovechkin. Kim Johnsson has missed the last two games with “an upper body injury.” Now, the Chicago Tribune reports that Brent Seabrook is day-to-day because of an unacceptable hit from James Wisniewski.

Wisniewski – a former member of the Blackhawks – administered the hit soon after Seabrook had hit Corey Perry. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville was understandably upset about it. Here’s his quote from a story in the Tribune.

“There are certain hits in a game that are tolerable if you have the puck,” a visibly angry Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “(If) you hit a guy without the puck you can kill a guy. It’s the most dangerous hit in the history of the game. He tried to hurt him. That’s as a bad a hit as you can ever have in the game.”

Seabrook has had concussion problems already this season, so it remains to be seen if he misses a considerable amount of time. ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers reports that defenseman-turned-forward Dustin Bfyuglien moved back to his former position last night, so perhaps the Blackhawks will benefit from not trading the rugged player after all.

Still, if Seabrook misses significant amounts of time, that is two of the team’s top four defensemen, lost in one week. Things are not looking good for the Hawks right now.

  1. Paul H. - Mar 18, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Wiz isn’t happy about the Hawks trading him. But then again, maybe if he would’ve kept his salary demands reasonable, he’d still be a Hawk. The hit on Seabrook was vicious and I hope they suspend the jerk for at least 10 games. He was airborne and it was a deliberate intent to injure – which he did. Upset about Seabrooks heard but clean hit on Perry? Perry is one tough customer who can handle himself. If Perry was upset about Seabrooks hit, he would’ve dropped the gloves himself. Perry plays hard and rough and he knew Seabrooks hit was fair and HOCKEY. What Wizjerkski did is unacceptable. Two cheap/dirty shots and 2 of the Hawks top 4 Dmen are out. Maybe it’s time to investigate NHL referees for either blindness or worse. Davorski and his partner should be suspended.

  2. Tim P. - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    I have to agree, it does seem at times, that the NHL referees seem to be either blind, or worse. In just this last year, starting with the Stanley Cup finals, when Pittsburgh had 6 men on the ice, for nearly 30 seconds, the fans saw it, both benches saw it, the TV commentators remarked on it incredulously, but did the refs see it..uh uh. Pretty obvious miss.
    The Ovenchkin hit was, I don’t think intentionally dirty, but, if your a player, you don’t hit from behind..Period. Anyone that actually plays the game knows this. Does it happen? all the time, should, its against the rules..period. Its usually a dbl minor, because ovenchkin didn’t intend to injure (at least I don’t think he did)it probably could’ve stopped there, but Ovi has a history, he plays hard, and sometimes, with little discipline. This time, someone was hurt because he was “in the moment” Well, gotta have more discipline than that. Thats why he got the suspension. I don’t think he was treated unfairly, and I’m willing to bet, he’ll be more careful..thats why I think they suspended him. 2 games was light, considering the injuries.
    I believe that Wiz should most definitely be suspended, it definitely has all the earmarks of a hit with intent to injure.

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