Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith has been suspended for one game for high-sticking Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter during Game 3 of the Western Conference Final in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
This is a huge loss for the Blackhawks. Keith is their top minute-eater at 24:44 per game in the post-season. He has recorded a goal, nine assists and is plus-5 in 15 games. For a full explanation from the NHL's Department of Player Safety please visit the link.
Blackhawks' Duncan Keith faces NHL hearing after 'accidental' high stick to face of Kings' Jeff Carter.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter thought Keith got off easily with a double minor after opening a gash on Carter's face during the game. Keith clipped Carter during an exchange well behind the play in the second period. After Carter took a short hack at Keith's hand while the defenceman bent down to pick up his glove, Keith responded by skating behind Carter and hitting him in the face with a one-handed swing of his stick, dropping Carter to the ice.
Defenseman Duncan Keith won't be in the Blackhawks lineup Thursday night against the Florida Panthers.
Officially, he's day-to-day with an upper-body injury. But replays showed he blocked a shot with his left hand against the Nashville Predators in Monday's win at the United Center. He didn't return after it.
Day to day at this point. Sit tight and we will monitor the situation