Brent Seabrook was frustrated with his game, for whatever reason it was going wrong.

The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman was just struggling, basically throughout these playoffs. And as the struggles continued, his minutes diminished; he played just 12:03 in the Blackhawks’ 2-0 loss to Detroit in Game 4, by far his lowest time on ice this postseason.

On Saturday night, though, with the Blackhawks facing elimination, Seabrook looked like Seabrook. He was big, he was getting shots on the power play and he way doling out big hits. And he couldn’t have picked a better time to find his game again.

Seabrook played just over 23 minutes, his highest TOI since Game 1 against Minnesota, had two hits and tied for a team-high seven shots in the Blackhawks’ 4-1 victory over the Red Wings on Saturday. It was a strong performance from Seabrook, who was paired with his familiar partner Duncan Seabrook. Whether it was that reunion or Seabrook just finding his game again, it worked.

“It was a comfortable feeling last night; I was excited to get back out there and play,” he said. “I wasn’t happy with my game from the start of the series, even going back to (the first round vs.) Minnesota. So it was nice to have a better game last night.”

Coach Joel Quenneville, who had cut Seabrook’s minutes down – he said it was more of a matchup thing, but that the Blackhawks did “need more” from the big defenseman – liked what he said.