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Brent Seabrook a leader for Blackhawks on and off the ice

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CHICAGO — When people look back on the Blackhawks’ 2013 playoffs, Brent Seabrook’s overtime goals are likely to be the first things remembered. But his off-ice contributions, specifically his counsel/prodding of captain Jonathan Toews, may prove to be just as important.

Seabrook’s OT goal in Wednesday night’s 6-5 victory over the Bruins leveled the Stanley Cup Final. Yet it was a discussion with Toews at a Boston bar that turned the tide of the series.

Following Game 3, Seabrook, who has played with Toews for six seasons, decided he needed to approach the team’s leader, who had scored all of one goal in the playoffs. There had been plenty of talk that Toews was playing well, just having a streak of bad luck.

Seabrook saw it differently.

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