LOS ANGELES – Duncan Keith was suspended for Game 4 for his high-stick on Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter, the NHL announced this afternoon.
Keith took a one-handed swing at Carter’s face moments after he was slashed on the hand by Carter after picking his glove up off the ice.
In his explanation, Brendan Shanahan said that it was no excuse for Keith’s actions.
“This is more serious than a case of a player simply having to be responsible for his stick. 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,” Shanahan said in the video.
It is the second suspension in as many seasons for Keith, who served a five-game suspension for elbowing Vancouver forward Daniel Sedin in the head last season. Keith did have the repeat-offender status entering this game.
Keith said after the game that it was “accidental.” He also admitted he was trying to “tap” Carter after the slash.
“Although Keith asserts that he didn’t intent to hit Carter in the face or with such force, he does admit to intentionally swinging his stick at Carter as Carter is skating away,” Shanahan said. “Also noted, if Carter did indeed chop down on Keith’s hand, that does not justify the extent of Keith’s actions.”