A costly blow?

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A costly blow?

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.

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1. Can the Bulls get one on the Bucks? The Bulls are 0-3 against the Bucks so far this season and it hasn't been pretty. The Bucks have won the previous three meetings all by double digits and by an average of 19 points. The youth and athleticism of the Bucks has been a tough matchup for the Bulls so far.

2. Containing Giannis. There may be no stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Bulls can at least try to contain him. Antetokounmpo is averaging 23 points and nearly nine rebounds per game. In three games against the Bulls this year he has averaged 29 points, 10 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest. If the Bulls are to stay in the game, they will need to keep him to numbers lower than that.

3. Playoff implications. The Bulls playoff hopes are still alive with nine games remaining, but things are looking a bit bleak. The Bulls are a game and a half out of the eighth playoff spot, but only 3.5 games behind two teams tied for the No. 5 seed, the Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks have won three in a row to improve their position.

4. Mirotic on a roll. Streaky play is nothing new to Nikola Mirotic, but he's on a good run currently. After scoring a season-high 28 points on Wednesday against the Pistons, Mirotic followed that up with 15 points against the 76ers. Since missing three straight games earlier this month, Mirotic has scored in double figures in five of the last seven games and is averaging 15.6 points during that stretch.

5. Beginning of a tough stretch. The Bulls' playoff hopes could be made or broken in the next three games. After taking on the Bucks, which occupy a playoff spot, the Bulls host two more Eastern Conference playoff teams in Cleveland and Atlanta. The Bulls need to string some wins together and this is not an easy stretch to do so against.

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