On some level, Keith can relate to Torres

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On some level, Keith can relate to Torres

Duncan Keith fielded the questions about Raffi Torres, his thoughts on the Phoenix Coyotes forwards hit on his teammate, Marian Hossa, the night before.

In a way, Keith could relate.

Ive made mistake(s) myself, said Keith. Torres is playing hard, trying to help his team. He made a mistake, too.

Keith never mentioned his mistake specifically. But it certainly sounded like he was alluding to his elbow to Canucks forward Daniel Sedins head, the one that cost him a five-game suspension, the one that has him as hated in Vancouver as Torres currently is in Chicago.

When it first happened, Keith said, 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. He was asked several times in the ensuing days to revisit his hit, and the one Daniel had on him, but he didnt want to elaborate on either.

On Wednesday, Keith admitted that emotions can get the best of you in heated on-ice situations.

For myself, yeah, you have to keep your emotions in check. I learned from that, Keith said. Its tough, though. Hockeys a fast-paced game and things happen in the heat of the moment you regret. At the same time, its about being in control.

Keiths loss of control cost him five games and a chunk of his wallet. He was also assessed a two-minute elbowing penalty on the play. Torres wasnt penalized for his hit in Game 3, and NHL officials later said none of the four referees saw the play, so nothing was called.

Its easy to look back and say, it shouldve been a penalty. But I guess the refs didnt see it, Keith said. It happened quick and the puck wasnt there, and they didnt see it. So if they didnt see it, they didnt see it.

The NHL will look at Torres hit again, and theyll have an in-person hearing with the forward on Friday. Emotions get the best of players. They got to Keith before; they apparently got to Torres again.

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd break down the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

There are less than two weeks left in the NHL regular season and teams are jockeying for playoff seeding.

The Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference with 103 points. The Blackhawks' next two opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, also have 103 points. Washington leads the league with 106 points.

Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.

After that, the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Boston is in line for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

"There's no easy games from here on out." Konroyd said in the video. "Even teams on the outside, looking in are playing for contracts next year."

Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.

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