Duncan Keith Slashed Jeff Carter in the Face Accidentally…on Purpose (Video)

duncan keith slashing jeff carter

Don’t mess with the Chicago Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith. He’ll mess you up.

Last night during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals between the Hawks and Kings in Los Angeles, Jeff Carter, the defending champs’ top gun, ever-so-slightly interfered with Keith’s attempt to pick his glove up off the ice. So what did Keith do in response? He whacked Carter across the face with his stick.

Take a look:

The video, of course, shows no blood whatsoever. That’s why the TSN announcers explained that the referees can give double minors for slashing incidents even when there is no blood. However, the blow did in fact open up a gash on Carter’s chin that required stitches. The blood probably just didn’t come out because it was afraid to piss off his playoff beard.

jeff carter stitches

After the game, Keith said the slash was unintentional…kind of.

“Obviously I wanted to give him a tap,” Keith explained. “But not where I got him. I felt bad. I’m glad to see that he came back.”

Meanwhile, as you would expect, Kings coach Darryl Sutter was not pleased with the incident or the call on the ice.

“I didn’t think it was a four-minute penalty,” he argued. “Thought it was a wrong call. … 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.”

So what do you think? Was the penalty that was handed out adequate, or should Keith have been given a game misconduct?

In any case, the NHL’s player safety committee is reviewing the incident, so the case is not closed yet.

Hat Tip – [ESPN]

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