PITTSBURGH -- Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook said Rene Bourque's hit from behind on him didn't feel as bad as it looked. And, he made it clear that he never lost consciousness because of it.
"I'm feeling good," Seabrook said after the Hawks' morning skate Tuesday at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. "I remember the whole thing. I got hit and heard [Bourque] say right away that he was sorry. I could hear [Duncan Keith] and [Jonathan Toews] behind me.
"I couldn't get up, so I put my head down and everybody seemed to think that I was knocked out. I think I held my weight pretty good. It was good."
Seabrook, who has nine points and a plus-6 rating in 29 games, will play Tuesday against the Penguins. He said he felt well enough to return Sunday against the Calgary Flames. Seabrook left the game late in the first period after Bourque boarded him face-first into the glass. Bourque was handed a two-game suspension from the NHL on Monday.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Seabrook, who has suffered concussions in the past, was held out as a precaution.
"At that point, it was a doctor's call," Seabrook said. "I said, 'I wasn't out.' I said I felt fine. I said I could go back out there. But [the doctor] couldn't really tell from the video [whether] I was knocked out or if I wasn't. He just pulled me for precaution reasons."
Daniel Carcillo didn't travel with the Hawks to Pittsburgh, but "is getting better," Quenneville said. The winger, though, is doubtful for Wednesday's matchup against the Montreal Canadiens.
Quenneville also said "there's a good chance" that goalie Corey Crawford will play Wednesday. Ray Emery will start his sixth consecutive game Tuesday against the Penguins. Emery has won five games in a row.
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