Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will have a hearing for his high stick on Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter last night, several outlets are reporting.
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun and Sportsnet's John Shannon were among the first to report that Keith will face a disciplinary hearing some time today for his high stick on Carter during the second period of the Blackhawks' 3-1 loss to the Kings in Game 3 on Tuesday night. There has been no official word from the NHL yet.
Keith was picking up his glove off the ice in the second period last night when Carter came by and slashed him on the hand. Keith swung his stick, one-handed, and hit Carter in the side of his face; on replays, Keith skated over to Carter, appearing to try and apologize. Keith received a four-minute high sticking penalty on the play; a bleeding Carter headed to the locker room for repairs and eventually returned.
The defenseman said it was "accidental."
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"Obviously I wanted to give him a tap but not where I got him," Keith said following the game. "I felt bad. I’m glad to see that he came back. It was just a scuffle; it was an accident."
Kings coach Darryl Sutter, meanwhile, was angry.
"Retaliation,” Sutter said. "That's three head injuries now in the playoffs for us. I don't know how to answer it. It's retaliation with a stick. It's not a high stick. Whatever they want to call it, they'll call it. Don't even need video."
How the NHL sees it remains to be seen. Keith has one previous suspension, a five-game one he received for elbowing Vancouver forward Daniel Sedin in the head last spring.