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Hawks' Burish says he wasn't told to cool it
By Tim Sassone | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 4/28/2009 7:22 AM | Updated: 4/28/2009 7:42 AM

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CALGARY, Alberta - Adam Burish denied a Canadian Internet report claiming several members of the Blackhawks' leadership group told him after Game 3 to cool it with the trash talking aimed at Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

"Nothing like that ever happened," Burish said Monday. "People that have watched the games, the yipping hasn't stopped yet.

"The last game in Chicago he skated past our bench three or four times and wanted to fight and tried to yell back at me and I laughed back in his face, so it's still gone on. As the series went on I tried to pick my spots more carefully and thought when the right times were and when the wrong times where. But it hasn't stopped."

Iginla had an awful night in Game 5 when he was minus-3 with 1 shot on goal. Burish hoped Iginla was more worried about jawing with him.

"It wears on a guy if you have a guy barking at you all series long," Burish said. "Some of our guys have even told me to stay on him, stay in his face and keep challenging him.

"You talk to a guy like Marty Havlat and he says he hates when some guy is always getting on him. Sharpie (Patrick Sharp) is the same way. He hates it, too, and keeps telling me to stay on him."

Oh, brother: Brent Seabrook's younger brother Keith is a star defenseman for the best junior team in Canada, the Calgary Hitmen.

Helped by Seabrook, the Hitmen haven't lost a playoff game en route to the Western Hockey League finals, which would be followed by a Memorial Cup run. "He's a good player who really enjoys the team he's on," Brent said.

Keith Seabrook was a 2006 second-round pick of the Washington Capitals and is expected to get a shot to make the Caps' roster next season.

Wouldn't miss it: Hawks defenseman Matt Walker was in the lineup for Game 6 despite dislocating a finger in Saturday's win. "He's a tough guy and has been effective for us all year," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Aucoin remembers: While the series between the Hawks and the Flames was a battle, Flames defenseman Adrian Aucoin remembers playing in far worse.

"My first year with the Islanders (2002), we played seven games against the Leafs," Aucoin said. "(Mike) Peca had his knee blown out. (Kenny) Jonsson was out with a concussion.

"It was a mini-war. There was a lot of goal scoring and open-ice hits. It was clutch and grab back then, a lot of stick work, and it was dirtier. I see this year as a real fun series to play in."