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from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
What Duncan Keith did was wrong.
Everyone knows that. No one can dispute that. No one would try.
Not even Keith. Certainly not Keith.
But he is not Charles Manson. He's not even Dave Manson, though you would have to watch hockey to have a reasonable picture of the kind of player he is.
Keith is about as honest a defenseman as there is the NHL. He's probably too honest for his own good, and larger forwards frequently take advantage of that.
The fact, however, is that Keith now has three serious violations on his record and he's been punished for all three.
The latest, as you know, was the slash to Charlie Coyle's face in Minnesota last week. It was very bad, frighteningly dangerous and the six games seems a fair number.
What was unfair was what occurred just before the Keith slash.
Coyle slashed Keith in the face and a moment later Coyle yanked Keith's skates out from under him, the equivalent of a slew foot. It was a dangerous play in which Keith's head hit the ice.
Either play by Coyle could have ended Keith's season. And that's why Keith reacted.
Below, Corey Hirsch and P.J. Stock of Sportsnet discuss the suspension and high stick, video also includes the incident.
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Does Keith — one of the most decorated and lauded defensemen of his era — worry about his reputation? Is he a dirty player? Can he be a clean one from now on?
Keith believes he can.
“I try to play the game hard, and for the amount of minutes I play, the games I play, I feel I play the game hard,” Keith said Saturday in his first public comments since the Coyle incident on Tuesday night. “At the end of the day, I try to leave it on the ice. I’m not really focused on what I’m trying to leave out there as far as a reputation. I think everybody wants to have a reputation as a clean, honest player. There’s a line and a limit. It’s just being smarter and knowing that.”
Keith was asked if he can control his temper and assure both himself and his teammates that such an incident won’t happen again.
“Well, I think I’m going to have to,” he said. “It’s just knowing that line. I’m a competitive person, but I don’t think that’s something that I can’t stop. I think I can stop that.”
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
Basically, Stephane Quintal said, “We’ve seen this movie before from Duncan Keith.”
Quintal wasn’t in charge of NHL Player Safety when Keith was previously suspended; Brendan Shanahan was. But in suspending Chicago’s star defenceman on Friday night for high-sticking Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle, Quintal drew a direct line between that incident and another one almost three years ago when Keith high-sticked L.A.’s Jeff Carter in a Stanley Cup playoff game.
Keith got a single playoff game ban, and on Friday, Quintal gave him one playoff game again, plus five relatively meaningless regular season games.
An increase in punishment, yes. A drastic increase for a twice-suspended player with a history of nasty stick infractions? No.
Patrick Burke explains...
from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,
Only duty or instinct could compel anyone to defend Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith now, but stop if you're tempted.
Keith doesn't deserve your rationalizations, Hawks fans. He deserves your aggravation.
For such a smart player, Keith did a dumb thing Tuesday night against the Wild when he slashed Charlie Coyle in the face with his stick. Keith recklessly committed a vicious act that made the Stanley Cup a little harder to defend. He made a conscious decision to retaliate against Coyle, the Wild forward who took him to the ground with a trip that constituted interference. Landing hard on his back, Keith lay there for a split second and — in that momentary lapse — decided to swing his stick at Coyle in a blatant attempt to injure the Wild player. The blood dripping down Coyle's crooked nose confirmed Keith's attempt was successful. Had an opponent done something similar to a Hawks player, he would have received the Raffi Torres pariah treatment from the fan base.
That's no way for a Hall of Fame player to respect the game or an opponent. That's crossing the line between going hard and playing dirty. That's unacceptable, especially for a Norris Trophy winner who should have realized the potential repercussions by the league with the playoffs looming.
from Mike Imrem of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
There is no defense for Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith's behavior at Minnesota on Tuesday night.
Keith -- on his way to the hockey Hall of Fame -- will make a stop on the NHL's suspension list for whacking his stick into the face of Wild forward Charlie Coyle.
If I were the league's Duke of Discipline, the punishment would span the rest of the regular season and all of the postseason.
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
If you missed the play, watch it below...
via the Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today defenseman Duncan Keith underwent successful surgery to repair a right knee meniscal tear. The procedure was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital by Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry.
“Duncan underwent successful surgery today to repair his right knee meniscal tear,” Terry said. “The surgery was successful and we expect him to return to full hockey activities in approximately 4-6 weeks.”
from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,
Turning to hockey, Keith sighed when asked about all the changes since he and his Hawks teammates hoisted the silver chalice. Keith occupied the locker next to Brandon Saad's in the dressing room the last three years. Fellow defenseman Johnny Oduya always sat across from Keith on team flights. Sharp, in Keith's words, "is along with Seabs (Brent Seabrook) one of my two best friends in hockey.'' All three players became former Hawks thanks to the salary cap, an NHL reality Keith understands more than he accepts.
"Anytime you play with someone for a long time you're going to develop chemistry, a bond and a friendship and I was really close with those three guys,'' Keith said. "Sharpie, I played with for 10 years. It's tough to say goodbye. They're all difficult. As hockey players, we've been through this before when we know it's part of the business. But at the same time, it sucks. There's no other way to put it.''
Lamenting the loss of old teammates in no way reflects Keith's excitement over his new ones. Like a sportscaster reporting the trade, Keith pointed out defenseman Trevor Daley scored 16 goals for the Stars last season. He called forward Ryan Garbutt, who came with Daley in the Sharp deal, "the hardest guy to play against when we played Dallas.''
"He really is a pain so we're happy to have him on our side now,'' Keith said. "Our goal is to win a Stanley Cup every year, and we're looking forward to bringing the new guys into the fold. Some of the new players we acquired are really going to help.''
more including Keith addressing some rumors regarding his personal life...
via the YouTube channel of Sportsnet,
He played an absurd amount of minutes, made smart plays, and added an offensive boost; watch some of the body of work that earned Duncan Keith the Conn Smythe Trophy.
The Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger suggests that five members of the Chicago Blackhawks are Hockey Hall of Fame-worthy candidates already:
Joel Quenneville, the man who is third on the all-time regular-season coaching wins list and the owner of three Stanley Cup rings as head coach.
Duncan Keith, the Canadian defenceman whose trophy case continues to balloon, thanks to three Cups, the 2015 Conn Smythe as playoff MVP, two Norris Trophies as the NHL’s top defenceman, and two Olympic gold medals.
Patrick Kane, who has been a key cog in the Hawks Cup runs, scoring the title-winning goal against Philly in 2010, then setting up Keith for exact same thing in Chicago’s 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.
Jonathan Toews, the valiant captain of this dynasty who himself has hoisted the Cup three times and has two Olympic gold medals as well.
And Marian Hossa, three-time Cup champion and supremely skilled two-way player who has 1,056 career points and is just 14 goals shy of 500.
With these five, along with defenceman Brent Seabrook, making up the heart-and-soul core of this team, how can anyone be surprised at the renewed success these Hawks continue to have?
Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday notes:
Word is that Mike Babcock is pushing for [Mark] Hunter to be named general manager of the Leafs. Brendan Shanahan would be wise to look elsewhere. Shanahan needs Hunter to find players. A general manager won’t be able to spend the kind of time scouting that the Leafs require to properly rebuild. Hunter may want the job but the practicality of it doesn’t make sense...
Those who say this is the last shot for the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t really paying attention. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith — the best 1-2-3 in hockey — are signed through 2023. Corey Crawford is signed until 2020. Marian Hossa is signed through 2021. Niklas Hjarmalsson is signed until 2019. So if you lose a Patrick Sharp here, a Brad Richards there and sign Johnny Oduya, Brandon Saad and Brent Seabrook to new deals, there’s no reason this kind of success can’t continue for several more years...
Two more things on Keith: 1) His cap hit is $5.5 million, making his contract one of the best in hockey. By comparison, the Dion Phaneuf contract looks ridiculous. 2) Should the Blackhawks win Saturday night, Keith may be the leading candidate to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, but he’s not a Norris Trophy finalist. For the record, he was on my ballot, ahead of both P.K. Subban and Erik Karlsson, who are up for the award.
If Steve Yzerman can juggle the salary cap prudently, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be Stanley Cup contenders for years. Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn are all 25 and under. And figuring they pick up some assets for the disappointing Jonathan Drouin, that should make them even stronger...
When Brian Lawton tried to acquire defenceman Tomas Kaberle when he was general manager in Tampa, the Leafs first asked for college kid Alex Killorn. That conversation didn’t last long.
Simmons continues, discussing the usual potpourri of sports topics...
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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
The Blackhawks have gone back to riding Keith hard in these playoffs because of four multiple-overtime games and a thin blue line, which was thinned further when Michal Rozsival went down with an ankle injury in the second round.
Keith leads all NHL skaters in total ice time at 509 minutes and 13 seconds. He has played 66 minutes and 42 seconds more than the next closest man, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Victor Hedman, even though he has played 16 games and Hedman has played 19.
He leads all NHL skaters in average ice time at 31 minutes and 49 seconds. He is averaging four minutes and 42 seconds more than anyone else who has played more than six games....
“He’s kind of a freak as far as his metabolism, his conditioning level,” said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. “I think the more he plays, the more efficient, the more he gets going. Certain guys genetically, aerobically or anaerobically, they can sustain it. He keeps doing it.”
Both the Western and Eastern Conference Final series will go to 7th games after the Chicago Blackhawks held off a late push by the Anaheim Ducks and defeated Anaheim 5-2.
The teams will battle on Saturday night in Anaheim, battling for a Stanley Cup Final berth, and of Duncan Keith's 3 assists, this one may have been the prettiest...
But these goals counted equally:
The goal stands...
"Every team is getting better and tightening up. They get up to play us, we're on TV and we're in the playoffs a lot. We have to understand -- and it's not something new -- that teams are ready to play against us and I think that showed the first part of this season.
"As a group, we can all do better."
-Duncan Keith fo the Chicago Blackhawks after losing to the Washington Capials last night. Read more on the Blackhawks from Mike Spellman of the Chicago Daily-Herald.
From the NHL:
NHL ANNOUNCES 2013-14 ALL-STAR TEAMS
LAS VEGAS (June 24, 2014) -- Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, who each earned his third career berth on the First All-Star Team, head the list of players voted to the 2013-14 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Crosby received First Team honors for the second consecutive season, while Chara earned a spot on the First Team for the first time since 2008-09.
Joining Crosby and Chara are two second-time selections to the First Team, right wing Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and defenseman Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks. The squad also features two first-time recipients, left wing Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and goaltender Tuukka Rask of the Bruins.
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Scott Burnside and Craig Custance of ESPN discuss who is the better defenseman, Keith or Doughty...
BURNSIDE: ... In Game 1, it was Keith ripping a hard shot that deflected off a defender's stick and then the ice before rocketing over Kings netminder Jonathan Quick's shoulder for what would be the game winner. Doughty, meanwhile, led all players in ice time and power play time. Talk about a great battle. Which begs the question: Whom would you take to build a team around?
Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman told me during the conference semifinals that when he took the job, one of the first calls he made was to Keith's agent to ensure that Keith wanted to stay with the team long-term. Keith wasn't too concerned about the money but wanted to be sure the team wasn't going to be one-and-done. As Keith told me, when you're done playing, all you'll have are memories, so you might as well have as many memories about winning. So far, so good for both he and the Blackhawks.
CUSTANCE: They're two great players who can change the game with one rush up the ice. You can build a team around either one and you're doing just fine.
While it pains me to pick someone over a fellow Michigan State Spartan, I'd lean toward Doughty if I were building my franchise. In fact, there are not many players in the league I'd want at any position more than Doughty. Maybe Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby. That's about it.
First, it's his age. Keith turns 31 years old in July, which still means he has plenty of good years left since defensemen typically have a longer shelf life in their peak than forwards. But Doughty is just 24. Twenty-four! He's got two Olympic gold medals, a Stanley Cup ring and he hasn't cracked 25 years old yet. It's amazing.
The magic number you hear with defensemen is that it takes a good 300 NHL games to learn how to play defense in this league and he's at 442 already at his age. I had a good chat today with Marian Gaborik about getting to know Doughty since the trade from the Eastern Conference and he raved about his teammate.
I hate that every night during the regular season and playoffs, injuries are so regularly hockey's biggest stories.
During the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-0 win over St. Louis on Monday, Steve Ott took some revenge on Duncan Keith (he of the, "I cannot recall chirping David Backes after Brent Seabrook concussed him" vein) in relatively clean form...
But Matt Cooke took out Tyson Barrie's knee earlier this evening....
And I'm currently watching things get out of hand in a big way as the Anaheim Ducks trail the Dallas Stars 2-0. As Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker notes, former Star Stephane Robidas
got kneed by collided with Dallas's Ryan Garbutt, and had to leave the game...
The CBC's Don Cherry had a very selective memory on Saturday evening. He lamented Brandon Dubinsky's ability to attack Sidney Crosby at will in Game 1 of the Penguins-Blue Jackets series, he mocked Duncan Keith for jabbing at the Blues' stars--suggesting that Keith "got Seabrook pumped up" (before sidestepping that topic)--he reviewed the Blues' game-winning goal against Chicago, lamenting Patrick Kane not blocking a shot, he very briefly praised Pavel Datsyuk's game-winner and suggested that the Wings are the worst team for the Bruins to play as their lack of retaliation prevents the Bruins from playing their game (no Loosick mention on Saturday), and then he praised Corey Perry scoring against Dallas and Ryan Getzlaf's persistence (no spear there, either).
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Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension.
Kings were unable to take advantage of the penalty, score is 2-1 LA at the 2nd period break.
If you want another version of the high-sticking, watch the TSN broadcast below...
The main topic of discussion was the Duncan Keith suspension.
Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension.
Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin will not play tonight against the Dallas Stars after leaving last night’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks early with a head injury.
The Canucks are flying Sedin back to Vancouver today so that the forward can see a specialists and get treatment.
There’s been no firm diagnosis of Sedin from the Canucks yet, and it could be a while before there is one since it’s not uncommon for it take 48 to 72 hours after being hit in the head for potential onset of symptoms.
In the meantime, given the value of the player to the Canucks, they are erring on the side of caution. He can see a neurological specialists in Vancouver but also get soft tissue (ART) and chiropractic treatment which is essential for any potential concussion to separate brain trauma symptoms from skeletal or soft tissue related symptoms. That procedure was part of Penguins centre Sidney Crosby’s concussion treatment.
read on for more on Sedin and possible action against Keith…
Keith received two for elbowing.
added 9:05pm, Sedin has not returned to the lineup, 2nd period underway.
added 9:07pm, He has returned.
added 9:30pm, Aaron Ward with a short analysis of the hit, watch it below…
added 12:04am, 3/22/12, Sedin hit on Keith can be viewed below, the last video is the hit.
“We’re past the point where we have to start getting a win. It seems like any little mistake is costing us right now.
‘‘That’s kind of the way it goes when you’re on a losing streak. You’re not getting the bounces. You look at [Kyle Quincey’s] empty-net goal. They throw it off the boards, it ricochets off the penalty box and then it goes in the net.”
Duncan Keith, of the Chicago Blackhawks after losing their 6th straight last night. More from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
There are some issues going on in Chicago. Some chemistry issues. Stay tuned.
-Adrian Dater of All Things Avs.
from Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,
During a recent four-game winning streak, Keith led the way going plus-7 with five points. It looked like his season had turned a corner after he missed three games with an injury just before the Hawks went on a roll.
That all came to a crashing halt this weekend as Keith was on the ice for a whopping 11 of 14 goals scored against the Hawks in losses to Calgary (5-2) and Edmonton (9-2).
“I felt coming in I wanted to respond,” Keith said after Saturday’s loss. “I felt energetic coming into the game and next thing you know it’s in the back of our net. Obviously I have to find a way to get off the ice for some goals right now. It’s not going our way, my way. Just need to be better.”
Keith seems to be struggling without Brent Seabrook, but that’s no excuse. His coverage near the net isn’t sharp. Either off the rush or in and around the net he’s having his issues.
“It’s embarrassing,” he said. “The last two games have been embarrassing.”
For the record, Keith was plus-9 going into the weekend and on a good run. Six periods later he’s plus-1 and looking for answers.
read on for more on the Blackhawks…
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It is foolish, of course, to read too much into a training camp scrimmage, let alone the first day.
But darn it if Duncan Keith didn’t look like the Duncan Keith of old out there Saturday before a sold-out crowd at United Center as the Chicago Blackhawks opened camp.
Good omen? The Blackhawks certainly hope so. For if there’s an overriding factor in Chicago’s return to glory, it’s a bounce-back season from the 2009-10 Norris Trophy winner.
Let’s make one thing clear—Keith did not have a bad campaign last season. We can name 30 NHL head coaches who would take 45 points (7-38) in 82 games from a workhorse who once again led the team ice time.
If you think that determining who the top goalie will be for fantasy teams this season is tough, wait until you attempt to sift through the number of defensemen who have been at or near the top of the scoring race the past couple seasons. I attempted to narrow down this list to five defensemen, but I had waaaay too difficult a time with that. Plus I’d be subjecting myself to far too much criticism from the masses! (By the way, I love the comments… keep ‘em coming.)
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No call on the play.
Will the NHL look at it?
“F—- the power play. Nobody goes to the net to score goals. That’s why we don’t win.”
“The other team had power plays too, they didn’t score. They got it 5-on-5. If we start relying on 5-on-5, we might win, instead of relying on the power play and blaming the power play or the penalty kill. We start doing better 5-on-5, we’ll win hockey games then.”
-Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks after losing to Calgary last night. More from Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago.
from Brian Hedger at NHL.com:
His first game for Michigan State University came against arch-rival Michigan in a game dubbed “The Cold War,” played in front of 75,000 people at Michigan State’s Spartan Stadium. It was also an unseasonably cold night with temperatures in the low 30s, but Keith was feeling cold sweats before the game regardless.
“It was kind of a crazy way to start your college career,” said Keith, who scored his first collegiate goal that night. “It was exciting, but I was just a young guy going in there. You better believe I was nervous.”
That game, which finished in a 3-3 tie, set the stage for all the outdoor games played since—both in the NHL and college. In fact, the Spartans and Wolverines will play a rematch Saturday night in Ann Arbor, Mich., at the sold-out, 110,000-seat Michigan Stadium. This game is being called “The Big Chill at the Big House,” and it brings back fond memories of the “Cold War” for Keith, who will root for the Spartans on Saturday as he prepares to play the San Jose Sharks on the road that night.
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from Brian Hedger at NHL.com,
Players who’ve won Cups before sometimes say that focus and intensity can lag in seasons following championships because of the subconscious comparison between regular-season games and playoff games. Keith was asked if that could be the case with him and the Hawks, but he’s not ready to accept that as a factor just yet.
“Obviously it’s different, but there’s no excuses,” he said. “There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be ready and focused and playing the way I can. Obviously, you’re going to go through a long season (and) you’re not going to play as good as you want. At the same time, I know I can play a lot better and have a lot less inconsistencies.”
Not to mention a better rating, which Quenneville said is better judged over a longer time span than 18 games. Though Keith’s play is a bit concerning, the Hawks and their coaches aren’t ready to hit the panic button just yet.
“The focus is on one guy, but Duncs is a proud guy,” Quenneville said. “Everybody has a stretch they want to get out of, whether it’s a game or two or a trend. He’s one guy who (playing) simple is probably going to make him more effective. That’s what we’re looking for.”
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Keith’s defensive miscues prompted Joel Quenneville to bench his Norris Trophy winner the last 3:53 of the second period. Keith ended up playing a season-low 20:55.
“Everybody has stretches when they’re on top of their game and they’re at their best and some games where you’re looking to try to keep yourself in the game and get through it when you can better yourself,” Quenneville said of Keith. “He can be better.”
When asked if he had benched his star defenseman for poor play, Quenneville replied, “Yeah.”
more on the Blackhawks loss to Phoenix…
No penalty on the play, was it an elbow Duncan Keith threw at Ruslan Salei?
Duncan Keith threw out the first pitch at Wrigley field yesterday and then was joined by Dave Bolland for ‘Tale Me Out To The Ballgame”.
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
Jean Keith will never forget the day when she realized her hockey-crazed son, Duncan, was fixated on proving the skeptics wrong.
“One parent asked Duncan, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ and he said ‘I want to be an NHL player,’ ” Jean told NHL.com on Saturday. “And the parent just laughed because Duncan was just so small. But he was really mad that she laughed and he asked me, ‘Why is she laughing, mom?’
“He was 9 years old at the time, and I knew then his heart was in this for the long haul.”
It was a long road to the top but Keith he reached hockey’s pinnacle this past season – an Olympic gold medalist, Norris Trophy winning defenseman and Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks.
continued and Duncan Keith really likes the bagpipes, find out why below…
The teeth that are now missing from Duncan Keith’s mouth after taking a shot today.
Keith talks about it in a post-game media scrum.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
There’s no denying Duncan Keith’s play has dropped off since before the Olympic break.
Keith is minus-7 in the last 13 games, eight of which the Blackhawks have lost.
While Keith is not one to make excuses, the all-star defenseman did admit Monday he has not been happy with his skates since before leaving for the Olympics.
Skating is a huge part of Keith’s game and there isn’t a Hawk more particular about his skates and how they fit and feel and how they are sharpened.
Whereas Keith normally goes through three or four pairs of skates in a season, he said he already is on his ninth or 10th pair with the issue still not resolved to his liking.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Keith, 26, will earn an average of $7.913 million over the first four years, $7.55 million for the next two years, $5.5 million for another two, $4 million for two more, and then slightly more than $2 million for the final three. Total: 13 years/$72 million, for a cap hit of $5.54 million. If you’re still holding on to your calculator, it exceeds the 12-year/$62.8 million deal, in both gross dollars and cap hit, that career marksman Marian Hossa pocketed with the Hawks in July.
OK, it’s a good bet that neither Keith nor Hossa will reach full term on their deals. If Keith retires after 10 years, he’ll have earned just under $66 million. They’ve still paid out huge money for a guy who, though well-conditioned and both a solid citizen and performer, is by no means considered an elite NHL defenseman. OK, they like him, and most teams have a guy like that - someone hauling in A-list money for what most of the world perceives as something less than A-list talent.
But Keith, even if out in the free agent market July 1, 2010, would not have commanded a $72 million commitment from anyone.
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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
After Buffalo’s Drew Stafford leveled defenseman Duncan Keith in the Sabres’ zone and appeared to get his elbow up in the process, Ben Eager drew penalties while retaliating. The Hawks controlled the Sabres’ power play, limiting Buffalo to just one shot.
Keith was wobbly after the hit and didn’t return to the game after making his way to the bench. But afterward, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said he was OK.
The Hawks killed off all seven of the Sabres’ power plays, but it was Stafford’s hit that had the most impact.
“I thought it was a completely dirty hit,” Eager said. “That team has been through it. They have seen their fair share of head shots, and that guy doesn’t have many hits all year. He’s a skilled guy, so I’m sure [the league] won’t do anything to him. I’m sure if I was the one who hit him I probably would be sitting out for a while.”
more on the game last night and watch the Stafford hit on Keith below…
added 12:55pm, via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
Watch the replay of Drew Stafford’s hit on Duncan Keith and it’s clear his elbow caught the Hawks’ defenseman in the head at the last minute.
Referees Paul Devorski and Brian Pochmara blew it by not penalizing Stafford, who said after the game Keith should have had his head up.
Shots to the head continue to be ignored by the NHL. A head shot should be an automatic penalty, whether it’s intentional or not.