On Wednesday night, the game between the Blackhawks and Canucks saw emotions come to a boil after Duncan Keith made this high hit on Daniel Sedin:
Daniel did not return to the game after the hit. Keith received a two-minute minor penalty for elbowing on the play.
However, as TSN pointed out during their broadcast, Daniel was not without his share of filth in the game. Before Keith ended his night, he offered his shoulder/elbow to Keith’s head as well:
With news that Shane Doan received a three-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Dallas’ Jamie Benn, it’s easy to see a scenario where Keith could miss time or be fined. The key difference between Doan and Keith is that Doan was a repeat offender in the eyes of the league, and even Henrik Sedin admitted after the game that the play was out of character to the 2010 Norris Trophy winner.
The Canucks spent the rest of the night directly targeting Keith on the ice. In the middle of the second period, the typically-classy Canucks jumped Keith as a line. Keith and Alex Burrows were hit with 14 penalty minutes each for the mess. Henrik was clearly lost without his brother on the ice as well, taking two penalties within three minutes.
We’ll wait to hear from Mr. Shanahan on Thursday.