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The Blackhawks cleaned out their lockers, had their final physicals and held individual meetings Thursday at the United Center.

Here is a transcript of coach Joel Quenneville's final meeting with the media of the 2010-11 season:

Please be advised: There is profane language in the video.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Replacing Bryan Bickell may not be as daunting as playing without center Dave Bolland or defenseman Brent Seabrook, but the winger is a big loss for the Blackhawks.

Winger Bryan Bickell underwent wrist surgery Monday to repair a tendon that was severed by a skate in Game 2 of the Blackhawks' series against the Vancouver Canucks.

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Brent Seabrook is back and the Blackhawks hope to get a boost from him. The physical defenseman passed league concussion protocols Sunday and will suit up for the Hawks in another do-or-die game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Blackhawks winger Troy Brouwer didn't need to say that he was "unhappy." His response to the elbow Canucks defenseman Alexander Elder delivered to his chin said enough.

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Everything looked and sounded encouraging for Brent Seabrook .

The physical defenseman took the ice for the first time Saturday after missing the last two games of the Hawks' first-round series against the Vancouver Canucks with a concussion. And then afterward, Seabrook declared he's symptom-free.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Brent Seabrook's condition hasn't improved. So the Blackhawks will face another elimination game against the Vancouver Canucks without one of their best blue-liners.

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Corey Crawford was snubbed. The NHL announced the three finalists Tuesday for the Calder Trophy, which goes to the NHL's best rookie, and Crawford failed to make the cut.

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Brent Seabrook's status for Game 4 Tuesday night went from "likely" to "out" for the Blackhawks as he continues to recover from the head-high hit he endured from Canucks trouble-maker Raffi Torres.

The Blackhawks are still irate. Their views of Raffi Torres' hit to the head of Brent Seabrook didn't change overnight.

"If you look at the tape, [Seabrook] is going for the puck, but he doesn't have possession of the puck yet and he just gets a blatant hit right to the head," defenseman Duncan Keith said Monday at the United Center. "Yeah, do guys need to have their heads up? Absolutely, but at the same time you could say that about any hit."

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It's come down to John Scott. The 6-8 enforcer will be in the Blackhawks lineup Sunday night for Game 3 against the Vancouver Canucks.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Canucks' game plan will remain the same. They will try to smash and bang every Hawk they can.

It's on the defending champions to respond better.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Center Dave Bolland wouldn't call it a setback, but he said his recovery from a concussion has been a "slow process."

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Hawks got some good news Wednesday when winger Troy Brouwer was declared ready and in Game 1 of their first-round series with the rival Canucks.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- At first glance, all of the Blackhawks' notable trash-talkers are gone. But Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa doesn't necessarily think that's the case.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Blackhawks need Dave Bolland and Troy Brouwer. Having them healthy and in the lineup is a must if they hope to defeat the Vancouver Canucks in the first round.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks see everything the Blackhawks lost in the offseason.

Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Adam Burish, Ben Eager and Kris Versteeg -- players that made their rivalry more intense and hate-filled with the Hawks -- are gone. The Hawks are simply different.

But the Canucks underwent a makeover themselves, whether it was the maturing of Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows or the additions of defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Keith Ballard.

Being on the ice with center Dave Bolland Saturday was another encouraging sign for the Blackhawks.

"He was out there for a little bit with us," defenseman Brian Campbell said of Bolland, who continues to make considerable progress as he recovers from his concussion.

"As long as he's skating that's great for us. We'll see what happens. It's a tough injury for somebody. He's got to take his time that he needs until he's 100 percent ready."

That time won't come until the playoffs -- and that's if the Hawks ensure their berth by defeating or earning at least a point against the Detroit Red Wings Sunday at the United Center.

DETROIT -- For weeks, coach Joel Quenneville's answer regarding Dave Bolland and his concussion was "status quo."

That's no longer the case.

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There's no questioning that Marian Hossa' goal woke up the sleep-walking Blackhawks in their 4-3 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on Wednesday.

But there are a ton of questions regarding if it was a good goal or not.

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It came as somewhat of a shock. So the media surrounding Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville Wednesday made sure to ask multiple times.

Will Patrick Sharp, who has missed the last seven games with a knee injury, play Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center?

UPDATE: In an email to the Sun-Times, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said, "We are following up to understand the circumstances, but we don't anticipate any action will need to be taken." So in other words, don't expect Marty Turco to be fined by the NHL.

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A Montreal Canadiens fan and season ticket-holder named Robert had an interesting time Tuesday at the Bell Centre.

So he called into Game Points with Matthew Ross on Team 990 in Montreal after the Canadiens' 2-1 overtime win against the Blackhawks. He apparently had a bet going with Hawks goalie Marty Turco.

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He's not Patrick Sharp. Or Dave Bolland. But winger Troy Brouwer is an important part of what the Blackhawks want to do.

Now, the Hawks will have to move on without him at a dire time. (And Sharp and Bolland).

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools. Follow him on Twitter:@adamjahns

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