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Why Duncan Keith Did What He Did

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.

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  Tags: charlie+coyle, duncan+keith


Dakkster's avatar

Homer article if there ever was one. Blatant shitty rationalization.

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 04/03/16 at 09:16 AM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Just another no class player on a no class team. shock

Posted by bigfrog on 04/03/16 at 06:35 PM ET


Poor Duncan Keith, so often the victim of abuse by “larger forwards”.

He’s just too honest a player for his own good!

This article just reads like PR BS from an apologist for what was not long ago one of the very
worst sports franchises around, surrounded by a city and fanbase that had largely
stopped caring, but now acts like they, in past few years, just invented this sport called

Total evasion meant to spare any Chicago fans the cognitive dissonance of watching Keith’s
latest cheap shot and trying to square it with their perfect franchise, perfect players propaganda.

Thanks for beating Boston today, though!

Posted by Lefty30 on 04/03/16 at 07:39 PM ET

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