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Duncan Keith gets injured in Blackhawks’ win vs. Predators

Nov 1, 2011, 12:17 AM EST

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As usual, the Nashville Predators gave them a great fight, but the Chicago Blackhawks managed a 5-4 overtime win thanks to great work by Patrick Kane (two goals, one assist) and a nice game-winner by Viktor Stalberg. (See the bottom of this post for that overtime clincher.)

That victory didn’t come without its drawbacks, though. Duncan Keith is day-to-day with an “upper body injury,” according to Chris Kuc. Judging from the replays I’ve seen, it looked like he probably suffered a hand injury from a blocked shot.

Keith might not be the hardest hitting defenseman in the NHL, but he’s among the most durable. He only missed six games in his first six seasons in the league, with five of those coming in 2008-09. Keith most famously played during the 2010 playoffs after losing some teeth from a high stick, earning the wonderful nickname “Duncan Teeth.”

Naturally, it’s not always about toughness, though. If Keith is better off resting it and coming back closer to 100 percent, then that should be the way to go. It would still be surprising to see him to miss much time, but we’ll be on the lookout for updates.

In the mean time, Blackhawks fans can console themselves with this clip of the Stalberg goal.

  1. ven9898 - Nov 1, 2011 at 1:17 AM

    FYI-Keith lost his chompers by eating the biscuit on a turnaround clearing attempt by Marleau, and not a stick. The attempt didn’t go far though!

    • James O'Brien - Nov 1, 2011 at 2:33 AM

      Thanks for the clarification on that. For some reason I remembered it differently, but I’m sure it was horribly painful either way.

      • ven9898 - Nov 1, 2011 at 11:17 AM

        Yeah, painful sounds like a pretty good description.

  2. danphipps01 - Nov 1, 2011 at 2:40 AM

    Damn. Slick move on the OT winner. Very slick.

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