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Leddy benched, not hurt, as Chicago rolled five defensemen

Jun 20, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT

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The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks needed more than 60 minutes to settle Game 4 on Wednesday, but Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy watched most of the 6-5 OT thriller from Chicago’s bench.

The 22-year-old logged just 2:37 of ice time in four shifts tonight. Leddy received one shift in the first period, two in the third and one 12-second cup of coffee in overtime. Many wondered if the promising blueliner was injured, but Joel Quenneville told reporters that isn’t the case.

“Nick is fine,” was all Quenneville had to say.

Leddy came into tonight’s game logging about 16 minutes per game in the postseason, down from about 17 and a half in the regular season. His numbers (zero goals, two assists and a -7 rating) indicate that he hasn’t done much with his time.

It’ll be interesting to see if Leddy gets dropped from the lineup for Game 5. His benching put an increased load on Chicago’s five other defensemen — Michal Rozsival, Johnny Oduya, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Duncan Keith all played over 25 minutes each — and the ‘Hawks do have veteran Sheldon Brookbank in reserve.

Brookbank, 32, filled in for Keith during his one-game suspension in the Western Conference finals, but only played 6:50 and finished a minus-2.

  1. parasolmonster - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    ” Chicago’s five other defensemen — Michal Rozsival, Johnny Oduya, Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith…”

    Hjalmarsson…

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:18 AM

      Math is really HARD!!

  2. packerswin96 - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Oduya turns the puck over almost everytime he has it, and Leddy gets benched?

    • jpelle82 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      oduya had a horrible game

    • dt58 - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Oduya is one of those guys that you can love him and hate him all in the same shift. Last night I thought he was a liability out there. That horrible clearing attempt/give away that lead to the 3rd goal (I think as there were so many) was really bad.

  3. rgledz - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Agreed packerswin…….it makes no sense. Hjalmarsson turns the puck over alot too. He drives me nuts with the no look passes in his own zone! Leddy better be in the lineup for game 5, I do not wanna see Brookbank on the ice.

    • dt58 - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Hjalmarsson has had some brutal give aways but usually he’s solid on D. He hasn’t played great the last 2-3 games

  4. keith8 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Bench Leddy, and leave Keith out there to make like 3 or 4 stupid turnovers.

  5. pone27 - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Yeah, take Keith out of the game…… Wow, SMH

    Leddy has easily been the Hawks worse Dman these playoffs. He tries to carry the puck in WAY too much, which in turn causes odd man rushes, which eventually results in goals, which leads to a -7 rating.

    I have been saying all series, if the Hawks play at their top potential, they are the team to beat, hands down. Only 2 advantages Boston has is they can hit very well (see Kings series) and Rask is standing on his head (see Red Wings series)

    Hawks win Saturday, series is theirs.

    • gret9 - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      I disagree, Leddy doesn’t get in trouble when he carries the puck. I think he is too soft on the puck in his own zone right now for Q’s taste.

  6. rgledz - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Hey pone27…..puck carrying defensemen generally carry the puck up the ice…….hence the advantage of having a puck carrying defensemen. You can say the same thing about Keith too if u want too, but guys like Keith, Seabrook and Leddy are supposed to jump into the offense…..that’s their game. Wingers drop back to cover when a D man jumps up, pretty basic. It is invaluable to have a guy like Leddy that can skate away from pressure and create offense.

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