Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks made a nasty slash on the LA Kings Jeff Carter during game 3 of the NHL Western Conference Finals. Watch the video here of Duncan Keith making a nasty swipe with his stick.
To his credit, he did apologize twice to Carter afterward. But the damage was done.
That’s the NBC Sports version. Here’s another video of the double minor high sticking from TSN.
Duncan Keith was suspended one game.
“This is more serious than a case of a player simply having to be responsible for his stick,” said NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan. “It is not an accidental high stick, nor is it a defensive high stick to an opponent. This is a retaliatory high stick to an opponent that causes an injury.”
Added Shanahan: “Even if Carter did chop down on Keith’s hand, that still does not justify the extent of Keith’s actions.”
The league also labeled Keith a “repeat offender,” as he was suspended five games for an elbow to Vancouver forward Daniel Sedin’s head last March.
Here’s a shot of the damage (requiring 23 stitches) done to Jeff Carter by Duncan Keith
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And of course, the reaction from the always fun LA Kings Twitter account
Wow. Away from the puck Duncan Keith with a golf swing right into Carters face. He’ll take a seat, a good 4 minutes for that one.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) June 5, 2013
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