LOS ANGELES – Jeff Carter sustained some dental damage from the high stick Duncan Keith swung at his face in the Los Angeles Kings’ Game 3 victory. But the forward said Wednesday that he’s putting the incident behind him.
A stitched-up Carter talked to the media on Wednesday, the day after the Kings put a dent in the Chicago Blackhawks’ Western Conference series lead and Keith’s stick led to Carter’s post-game dental work.
“We were battling in front of the net, up the ice, I think I took a swing at his glove there when he was trying to pick it up and the next thing I knew I was getting a stick to the face,” Carter said, who added that he’s past it because the Kings have bigger concerns.
“We’re in a fight here, down 2-1. I don’t think that (high stick) is on our minds,” he said. “It is what it is. It’s over with; it’s done with. We have a pretty big game to worry about.”
Carter said he took about 20 stitches from the high stick; he also had one chipped tooth and a few others were cracked. He didn’t lose any teeth – “I had a tough practice in Chicago and my bridge fell out. Those (teeth) were already gone.”
Carter said he’s not worried about what the league decides regarding Keith, either. Keith had a phone hearing with the NHL earlier today, and a decision on his on-ice fate is pending. But Carter acknowledges the Blackhawks would have a big void to fill.
“Obviously if he does get suspended, it’s a huge loss for their team. He’s a big part of their team,” he said. “But there’s nothing we can do about it. We have to be ready to play.”