Brent Seabrook out for Game 4

Updated: April 19, 2011, 11:36 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks staved off being swept by the Vancouver Canucks in Game 4 on Tuesday without one of their top players as defenseman Brent Seabrook was out with an upper-body injury he suffered from a hit by Raffi Torres.

Hawks center Dave Bolland, meanwhile, returned to action for the first time since March 9, when he suffered a concussion. He scored a goal and had three assists in his team's 7-2 win.

"Over the course of the last couple days we were evaluating [Seabrook] and seeing this morning how things presented," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said after Tuesday's morning skate. "We were hopeful that he was playing tonight so we made our decision this morning."

Torres received a minor interference penalty, but the Hawks believed he should have been suspended for the hit to Seabrook's head. NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said the hit did not merit a suspension.

Tampa Bay's Pavel Kubina received a three-game suspension for his hit on Bolland, who should be on the ice at the same time as Vancouver's Sedin brothers.

"Watching him practice and watching him skate we think he's been ready to play for a while," Quenneville said. "It's just a matter of getting him going and clearance to play.

"He feels really good about himself and can handle responsibility. He's going to get some as well."

Bryan Bickell, who missed Game 3 with a cut on his hand, also returned to action, as did Ryan Johnson, who was a healthy scratch.

John Scott took Seabrook's place on defense.

ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers contributed to this story.

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