Quenneville: Canucks, Hawks games 'have been unbelievable'
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks already had plenty of animosity between them before their last meeting. Duncan Keith’s elbow to Canucks forward Daniel Sedin’s head just intensified it all over again.
But as the two meet for the first time since that March 21 game, the focus for each team is on the now, not the past.
The Blackhawks face the Canucks at Rogers Arena tonight, the second of six games on the Blackhawks’ current road trip. This series has had plenty of animosity in the past, and it’s share of drama. For Keith, who was suspended five games for that elbow, the unfortunate event is behind him.
“Obviously I got suspended, I got punished for that and that’s something I was obviously not very proud of,” Keith said today. “For me, it’s in the past and I’m looking forward to the game tonight.”
Daniel Sedin was out with a concussion for nearly a month, returning for Game 4 against the Los Angeles Kings on April 18.
Asked if he felt he owes Sedin an apology, Keith said, “I don’t really want to get into the situation. It’s almost a year ago now and I’ve moved forward and I was glad to see him come back and play in the playoffs. And I mean that.”
Coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks have to keep perspective when they play tonight and not let emotions get the best of them.
“In games, things happen. That’s an incident in the past and we move forward,” Quenneville said. “We want to play smart and play hockey, and winning remains the objective.”
The Canucks are still stewing about the hit, but said they can’t be focused on revenge.
“We didn’t talk about it, but everyone’s aware of (the need to stay disciplined),” Henrik Sedin said following today’s morning skate. “It’s a big game. If we’re going to run around and do other things than play hockey, it’s going to be a tough game for us.”
Alex Burrows agreed.
“At the end of the day we want the two points, and that’s the bottom line,” he said. “It might be a factor in some people’s minds, but for us it’s important to get the two points.”