League will review Keith's high stick on Carter

League will review Keith's high stick on Carter
June 5, 2013, 12:30 am

Hawks-Kings Game 3

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LOS ANGELES – Duncan Keith said he wanted to “tap” Jeff Carter after the Los Angeles Kings forward slashed him on the hand while Keith was picking his glove up off the ice. Question is, will that very high “tap” cost the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman more than the four-minute minor he took in the game?

Keith high-sticked Carter in the head after getting slashed in the second period of the Blackhawks’ 3-1 loss to the Kings Tuesday night and the league is reviewing it. Whether or not Keith has a hearing for it won’t be known tonight. Keith, who got four minutes for that – the Blackhawks killed off both penalties – said it was “accidental.”

“Obviously I wanted to give him a tap but not where I got him,” said Keith, who was skating toward a fallen Carter immediately after he did it. “I felt bad. I’m glad to see that he came back. It was just a scuffle; it was an accident.”

Carter was not available to the media after the game. Other Kings had mixed reviews regarding the high stick.

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“Obviously it was a dirty play, but I'm not sure that Keith meant to do it that hard,” Justin Williams said. “It looked like he wanted to go make sure he was OK after. I think it was more of an instinct thing. But I don't think it was a malicious intent, no.”

Kings coach Darryl Sutter wasn’t nearly as forgiving, saying it should’ve been more than a four-minute penalty.

“Retaliation,” Sutter said. “That's three head injuries now in the playoffs for us. I don't know how to answer it. It's retaliation with a stick. It's not a high stick. Whatever they want to call it, they'll call
it. Don't even need video.”

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Coach Joel Quenneville didn’t address Keith’s action specifically when asked about it, saying only that, “we took five penalties tonight, probably four too many. We have to be smarter.” Jonathan Toews, like Williams, didn’t see it as Keith trying to intentionally harm Carter.

“He wanted to give him a whack back, obviously. I didn’t see if there was initial contact when Duncs was picking up his glove, but I think that’s what he was reacting to,” Toews said. “It was an unfortunate incident. You don’t want to hit a guy in the face. But I don’t think the intention was there. We just have to be careful.”