Already playing without a sick Brent Seabrook, the Blackhawks were forced to play the final 50 minutes without Duncan Keith as well.
And they might have to play a game (or two… or three…) without him moving forward.
At 9:27 into the first, Charlie Coyle appeared to trip Keith. Chicago’s defenseman fell backward and appeared to hit his head on the ice. But what he did next was reckless, selfish and inexcusable.
Keith match penalty for swinging his stick at Coyle's face (which drew blood) pic.twitter.com/jiFG95f6np
— Stephanie (@myregularface) March 30, 2016
The penalty called on the ice was a 10-minute match penalty for attempt to deliberately injure an opponent. Coyle was bloody on the play.
Chicago successfully killed the five-minute major without Minnesota scoring, and Marian Hossa scored his 499th career regular season goal while short-handed to tie the game at one.