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Hawks strike first in Game 4 vs. Wild on deflected & knuckling shot by Seabrook

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Hawks players Johnny Oduya, Bryan Bickell, Brad Richards, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane celebrate Seabrook's first-period goal Thursday in Game Four of Chicago's second-round series against Minnesota. (Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Hawks strike first in Game 4 vs. Wild on deflected & knuckling shot by Seabrook

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The Blackhawks are arguably the NHL's top team because of their multitude of weapons on offense. Jonathan Toews & Patrick Kane aren't the only ones who can do damage; Chicago D-man Brent Seabrook, who beat Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk for Game 4's first goal Thursday, is one of many Hawks contributors.

The Chicago Blackhawks are arguably the NHL's most dangerous team this year because they have a multitude of weaponry with which to defeat you. It isn't only Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith who are doing the heavy lifting for the Hawks – they win games because players throughout the lineup can step up and help them win at any moment in any game. And in Game 4 of their second-round series against Minnesota Thursday, Chicago got its first goal and lead of the night thanks to another player: veteran blueliner Brent Seabrook, who wristed a knuckling puck past Wild netminder Devan Dubnyk.

Game 4 had just passed the first half of the opening period when Seabrook took a pass at center ice, skated into the Wild's zone with the puck and sent a wrist shot that ricocheted off the leg of Minnesota defenseman Marco Scandella and over Dubnyk's shoulder for his third goal of the playoffs:

Seabrook had 15 points in 16 playoff games for the Blackhawks last season, and while he isn't producing at quite that clip this year – his goal Thursday was also his fifth point in 10 games – the 30-year-old is still a vital part of Chicago's defense corps. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, and he's sure to get a raise on the $5.8 million he'll earn next year – either from the Hawks, or another team that happily will do it.

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Hawks strike first in Game 4 vs. Wild on deflected & knuckling shot by Seabrook