Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Seabrook sounds off on Torres

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Chicago defenceman Brent Seabrook was briefly knocked out of Game 3 after absorbing a hit to the head from Vancouver's Raffi Torres. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Chicago defenceman Brent Seabrook was briefly knocked out of Game 3 after absorbing a hit to the head from Vancouver's Raffi Torres. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
There will be no suspension for Raffi Torres, which means there's unrest in the Chicago Blackhawks dressing room.

Oddly focused on Torres more than their situation - being down three games to none in their opening-round series against Vancouver - the Hawks sounded off on the hit that knocked Brent Seabrook briefly out of Sunday's Game 3 loss.

"I think he kept his elbow in, but he hit the head first," Seabrook said. "As far as I'm concerned, that's the first thing I felt. It was the only thing I felt.

The rest of my body is feeling the rest of it today. Last night, all I could really feel was in my ear. The way it looked to me, the head was hit first. Whether he was targeting it or not, he made contact with the head first."

Seabrook didn't stop there, expressing surprise when told that Torres would not face supplemental discipline.

"I think with his history that hit deserves a suspension," he said. "I'm not going to sit up here and complain about that. It's a fast game. Things happen quick. You have a split second to make a decision.

"I don't think he was trying to hit me in the head, but at the same time, if the league is not going to suspend somebody for that, I just don't really understand that."

Interestingly, Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville, who called the hit "brutal" after the game, said he supported the league's decision on Monday.

"I have no problem with that as far as how the league views it," Quenneville said. "They know the standards. They know the criteria.

"I think the call on the ice is probably where we got hurt the most. It was a major penalty because he didn't touch the puck. An impact hit like that, you can be exposed to severe injuries."

Toews remains defiant

Jonathan Toews didn't back off the comments he made after Game 3, when he suggested the Canucks were vulnerable and possible overrated. He said his team just hasn't done a good enough job in exposing Vancouver's weaknesses.

"They're beatable," a defiant Toews said Monday.

When pressed for specifics, he said the Canucks like to play a skilled game and, defensively, he thought the Hawks could take advantage by laying on the body and getting turnovers.

But that hasn't been the case this series. The Canucks have brought a physical element to their game which just wasn't there in the regular season.

"It hasn't been a real piece of our game, we haven't been known around the league," Dan Hamhuis said. "Maybe they weren't expecting it as much. It's certainly effective."

Bolland nearing return

The Hawks said Dave Bolland wants to play and is close to making his return from a concussion.

There will be questions, if he does play, about whether the team is rushing him back. Just about a week ago, Bolland was still sensitive to light and had to spend extended periods in a dark room.

"If he plays, you really hope he's ready," Jannik Hansen said. "There is nothing like a head injury and you have to be really cautious on when a player comes back."

Seabrook came back and played after taking the Torres hit, even though he admitted it was to the head. Asked if he thought about coming out of the game, he said, "No, it's the playoffs. I wanted to play."

Seabrook was hit on the next shift and then was forced to leave the ice by Chicago to undergo testing in a "quiet room."