When Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook was blindsided by Vancouver forward Raffi Torres we were sure that Seabrook would be toast for the game after that kind of blow to the head. Instead, Seabrook popped right back up and played the rest of the game even after game officials double-checked on him to make sure he was set to play.
Today, it turns out that Seabrook isn’t feeling too hot and he’ll be out of the lineup tonight for Game 4 against Vancouver. While Torres wasn’t suspended for his hit and will likely play again tonight, we’re sure that if Torres runs across Seabrook’s potential replacement on the blue line, John Scott, the exchange of pleasantries won’t be so cordial.
CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers tells us that it wasn’t Seabrook’s head that was giving him problems so much as it was everything else following the hit.
Addressing the media yesterday, Seabrook said “the rest of his body” was feeling the effects of that hit more than his head. But apparently the defenseman’s health took a turn overnight. Asked if Seabrook was more sore today, coach Joel Quenneville said “we don’t disclose everything but sore could mean a lot of things.”
Read into that what you will but given the head shots Seabrook took from Torres as well as from Justin Abdelkader in the final game of the season, it’s no wonder that Seabrook is sitting this one out.
On the upside for Chicago, they’ll officially get Dave Bolland back in the lineup after missing the last few weeks with a concussion of his own. It was speculated yesterday that he would be back in and Joel Quenneville confirmed it today.
Of course, the elephant in the room here is what, if anything, will happen with Torres back out on the ice. It’s the playoffs of course so that means the chances of shenanigans breaking loose are reduced, but with Chicago a loss away from being eliminated from the playoffs should Vancouver build a big lead the officials are going to have to be vigilant to make sure nothing ugly breaks out. After all, a desperate team that feels wronged is dangerous. Here’s to hoping the series doesn’t turn ugly in what’s potentially its final game.
You know a playoff series is starting to rev up when teams can’t even peacefully share an ice surface during warm-ups.
The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to draw a red line in the sand between each other before Game 3, with the two sides exchanging a couple bumps and mean looks.
It’s … honestly a pretty amusing spectacle.
You can watch it all in the video above. Perhaps this GIF will fuel a meme or two:
Brian Boyle downplayed the exchange(s):
The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled tough guys Tom Sestito and Steve Oleksy from the AHL on Tuesday.
This move makes a sense for a couple of reasons.
Most clearly, things are getting nasty between the Penguins and Washington Capitals, so Pittsburgh is bringing in a couple of brutes. Each player isn’t shy about piling up penalty minutes, whether that be in the NHL or AHL.
The other reason: with injuries and Kris Letang‘s suspension, Oleksy could provide some depth. Justin Schultz is motivated to prove himself, yet Oleksy provides a little insurance.
Is it the ideal scenario in a big playoff game? Nope, but if brute force ends up being a factor, the Penguins added some muscle.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to take the series lead for the first time against the New York Islanders, who are trying to regain the advantage on home ice at the Barclays Center after a split in Tampa Bay. You can catch Game 3 between these teams on NBCSN (7 p.m. ET) or online with the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.
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Artem Anisimov on Tuesday underwent successful surgery on his injured right wrist, the Chicago Blackhawks announced.
“We anticipate his return to full hockey activities in approximately six to eight weeks,” said team physician Dr. Michael Terry in a statement.
The news comes eight days after the Blackhawks were ousted in the first round, eliminated in seven games by the St. Louis Blues.
Acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets in last summer’s blockbuster deal for Brandon Saad, the 27-year-old Anisimov enjoyed the second 20-goal season of his career and fell just two points shy of his previous career best of 44 when he was with the New York Rangers.
He played the bulk of this season on a line with two highly skilled players in Patrick Kane, the league-leader in points with 106, and Artemi Panarin, named as a Calder Trophy finalist on Monday.
In March, Anisimov was named to Russia’s preliminary roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, although the recovery schedule outlined above should allow plenty of time for Anisimov to be physically ready for the tournament when it begins in September.
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