When the Blackhawks and Canucks meet, emotions and hits can run high. And Duncan Keiths high elbow to Daniel Sedins head could end up costing the defenseman more than the two-minute minor he got on Wednesday night.
Keith hit Daniel high in the first period and could face supplemental discipline after the Blackhawks 2-1 overtime victory on Wednesday. Daniel Sedin played just five minutes of the game before he left and did not return. His status is unknown.
Keith, who has never been suspended in his NHL career, said he didnt mean to hurt the Canucks star forward.
I havent seen the replay so its tough for me to comment too much. But Im not trying to hurt anybody. I hope hes OK. Hes one of their best players (so) he needs to be on the ice, Keith said. But the puck was up in the air, and from what I remember, Im trying to close my gap and have a good gap on him, Right at the last second he moves forward and I dont know where the puck is. Its fast and, like I said, I hope hes OK. I havent seen the replay. I need to see it again.
But the Canucks are thinking otherwise. Henrik Sedin told Vancouver media that Keith insinuated that he would get Daniel back for that hit.
Its one of those hits where things were said before from a certain guy and he did what he wanted to and thats too bad. But again, they are tough team over there and were the diving bunch so I guess theres not much to say about that.
I got a lot of respect for a lot of guys on their team. Thereve been things said from their room before, but not from him, Henrik said of Keith to NHL.com. Hes always been good, but I dont know if it was too many emotions playing against us or what it was. Again, its too bad. I had a lot of respect for him.
Asked about Keiths alleged remarks to Daniel, Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa said, Yeah, I'm not surprised. I didnt hear it, obviously, but Ive heard him say things before. Again, the league will do their investigation and they'll deal with it.
The NHL probably wont waste much time in deciding. Phoenix captain Shane Doan was suspended three games today for his elbow to Jamie Benns head on Tuesday night. But Doan, who was also suspended three games in the fall of 2010, is considered a repeat offender. Whatever the outcome, the Blackhawks will deal with it.
Its a tough play. The league does their thing and we respect the process and what they have to do, coach Joel Quenneville said. Thats where were at.