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Blackhawks on the brink, upset over hit

CHICAGO -- Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook says he's OK after a hard hit from Vancouver's Raffi Torres. After watching replays, he said the initial blow was to his head, and that's why he thinks Torres should have been suspended.

Torres' hit on Seabrook just racheted up the emotion in the opening-round playoff series that continues tonight at the United Center (8 p.m., Versus).

The Canucks have used a physical style, the depth of their lines and great goaltending from Roberto Luongo to build a 3-0 lead. And now they can sweep the defending Stanley Cup champions out.

"They are a beatable team. We haven't done that in three games; we haven't been able to prove that we can be a better team on one single night," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. "It is frustrating and disappointing."

Torres returned Sunday night from a four-game suspension for his blow to the head of Edmonton's Jordan Eberle. In the second period, he came from one side of the net and floored Seabrook, who was chasing the puck.

"I think he kept his elbow in, but he hit the head first," Seabrook said. "That's the first thing I felt, the only thing I felt. Whether or not he was targeting it or not, he made contact with the head first."


No rest for defense

LOS ANGELES -- With leading scorer Anze Kopitar sidelined for the playoffs and Jarret Stoll suspended one game, the Los Angeles Kings have found some much-needed offense from their defense.

Drew Doughty notched four points in the Kings' 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks that tied their first-round playoff series at a game apiece. Beside scoring twice, Doughty assisted on a power-play goal by fellow defenseman Jack Johnson and a rebound goal by forward Kyle Clifford.

Stoll will be back for Game Three tonight at Staples Center (10:30 p.m., Versus).

The Sharks will need at least one win in the next two games to regain home ice advantage.

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