ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Duncan Keith would probably be feeling OK, probably a little tired, after logging nearly 24 minutes of ice time.
Factor in a late-night trip back to Chicago for the birth of his first child, a flight back to Minnesota to play in Game 4 and no sleep since he woke up Monday morning and he’s a little more winded.
“I might sleep until the next game,” said a weary but very happy Keith. He probably couldn’t have topped welcoming that baby boy into this world. But a 3-0 Blackhawks victory over the Minnesota Wild, one that gave Chicago a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven series, is a nice addition.
It’s been a whirlwind few days for Keith, whose wife Kelly-Rae gave birth to their son late this morning in Chicago. Keith got to Xcel Energy Center at 6:30 Tuesday night and then played a team-high 23 minutes, 57 seconds.
So, when was the last time Keith slept?
“What day is today?” Keith said to laughs, as the media reminded him it was Tuesday. “I went to bed, last time, on Sunday night. So [no sleep] since Monday morning.”
That didn’t stop Keith from finishing with that ice time, which included 7 ½ minutes on the penalty kill and a plus-2 rating.
“Yeah, I’m sure he’s on a different high,” Joel Quennville said with a smile. “It’s a thrill of a lifetime for him today in a lot of ways. This helps it be even more memorable for him. He was outstanding out there tonight.”
For Keith, it was all about the adrenaline.
“I’m not going to sit here and say I felt great,” Keith said. “But definitely just the whole excitement of having a baby gets you through that for sure.”
Teammates were impressed.
“It was crazy for him to come and not get that much rest and still be really great out there,” said Corey Crawford. “He’s a great guy. We’re all congratulating him and his wife. We’re happy for him.”
It was a great 24 hours for Keith. The victory in Minnesota was nice. But something back home ranked a little higher.
“It was exciting, having my first baby,” he said. “It’s one of those things you hear about, but until you have one of your own, it’s tough to explain. It’s just a real cool feeling when you see the little guy.”