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Duncan Keith Nearly Took Daniel Sedin’s Head Off Last Night (Video)
It is no secret that the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks don’t like each other, and perhaps no player on either team holds more hatred in his heart than Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith. Never was that more evident that during last year’s first-round playoff series between these two teams. After watching Brent Seabrook, go down following a questionable hit by Raffi Torres in Game 3, Keith seemed especially motivated to avenge his fallen partner, recording three goals and two assists in the following two games and nearly carrying his team to a series victory after losing the first three games.
That fire appeared to be back in Keith’s game last night after taking a hit from Daniel Sedin, but instead of using his anger to score, Keith used it to nearly decapitate Sedin with his elbow moments later. Keith was given a two-minute penalty for elbowing, while Sedin had to leave the game and has since traveled back to Vancouver to see a specialist and receive treatment.
When you consider all the facts, including the history between these two teams, how high Keith’s elbow was, and the fact that he was likely looking for revenge after receiving a hit from Daniel Sedin earlier, I wouldn’t expect Brendan Shanahan to be too kind to the Blackhawks defenseman when they meet to discuss the matter later this week. The NHL has already notified the Blackhawks that they would like to speak to Keith, but they are in no rush, as the Hawks do not play until Sunday and the league would like to see a full medical report on Sedin before making a decision.
Here is a look at the elbow that could keep both Daniel Sedin and Duncan Keith out for a while.