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Not Just Another Game

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Ten months after the fact, the hit still looks every bit as calculated, every bit as cynical and every bit as dangerous as the night it was delivered.

Henrik Sedin sends an aerial pass in the vicinity of his brother near centre ice. Daniel pirouettes, and, when his back is turned, Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith takes one stride, leaves his feet and launches his right elbow at the point of Sedin’s chin. Sedin crumples, concussed. The puck is 20 feet away. Keith, incredibly, is given a minor on the play.

As for the aftermath, you’re likely aware Sedin didn’t return to the Canucks lineup until Game 4 of their playoff series with the L.A. Kings, when they were already down three games to none. Sedin’s absence wasn’t the only reason the Canucks lost to the Kings. But it was indisputably a reason and, tonight, the Blackhawks and the Canucks meet for the first time since Keith’s elbow on Sedin.

“It’s just another game,” the Canucks’ winger said with the practiced delivery of an actor reciting a line.

continued and if you need a refresher on the hit, watch it below...

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Keith LOVES the elbow.  When the Wings were surging against Chicago I saw Keith take a couple runs, trying to sneak in a couple elbows.

Kronwall should Havlat him.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/01/13 at 10:21 AM ET

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This article fails to mention the head shot that Daniel put on Keith earlier in the game. This hit is retaliation. The same way Matt Cooke hit Keith in the head and Keith retaliated.

Posted by nstansfield on 02/01/13 at 12:31 PM ET

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Following up that does not make either hit acceptable. Just context to the story.

Posted by nstansfield on 02/01/13 at 12:35 PM ET

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