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Duncan Keith lands an ugly elbow on Daniel Sedin

Mar 21, 2012, 9:12 PM EDT

If you thought Shane Doan‘s elbow on Jamie Benn was bad, then prepare to see that topped. The Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks have a legitimate, hate-filled rivalry, but it might start to inch toward the kind of venom once found in the Colorado-Detroit feud after Duncan Keith landed a elbow that’s virtually impossible to defend on Daniel Sedin:

(Update: TSN’s James Duthie passes along a note that Sedin apparently landed a high shoulder on Keith during the game, too, which you can also view in the video above. That doesn’t necessarily make the retaliation OK, but it gives some background as to why it happened.)

If you want a sense of the reactions to that hit – which forced Sedin off the ice – just check out what the National Post’s Bruce Arthur had to say about it.


The NHL’s slow decision-making when it comes to Doan’s punishment might actually come in handy now, because this situation could essentially be a higher level version of that disciplinary decision. Sedin left the ice and did not return while the elbow looks even uglier in replays than the Doan “chicken wing.”

Keith received a two-minute minor in real-time, which continues the parallels with Doan’s situation since the Coyotes captain remained in Tuesday’s game (and thus was able to add two assists and help Phoenix salvage a charity point against the Dallas Stars).

What do you think, then? Is the penalty enough? Should he be fined or suspended? If a suspension is in order, how long? Do tell, because it’s not every day that you see a star-on-star “crime” like this.

Update: The Blackhawks ended up winning the love fest 2-1.

  1. terriers4 - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    that hit was totally unnecessary. Not sure if Keith is a repeat offender or has even been suspended before, but if he is and sedin is injured expect a pretty hefty suspension. Not 10 games or anything, but I’d say 5 games as a possible suspension if everything falls in place. But who knows what shanahan decides for it, could be anything with him.

    • kitshky - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      Ya no kidding eh, after all this “clarifying” … we still have no idea what the League is thinking.

  2. velocirapist - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    He didn’t have the puck. Absolutely dirty, unnecessary, classless hit by a player I have lost a ton of respect for. I wanna see a Canuck knock this guy out for the rest of the season.

    • scottybcboy - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      Your logic is interesting. Are you really Brad May?

      • elvispocomo - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        He’s not Brad May, he’s clearly the had coach of the Saints.

    • hibackhand - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      I was with you until you started calling for blood. Give your own head a shake.

  3. itsallniceonice - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Should easily get him 5 games. Unless of course Sedin doesn’t have a concussion then no games!!!

  4. fleurysteeth - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Duncan called Dan a jabroni in the process.

    • velocirapist - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      How have all of these gimmick accounts not been banned yet?

  5. kitshky - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    That was ugly … nothing gray about it. Keith has been one of the only Hawks I’ve always loved but no excuse for that kind of hit whatsover.

  6. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Should be 6-10 games…. but Shanny will give 2 and another slap on the wrist!

  7. bensawesomeness - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Make him sit 6 games, plus however long D. Sedin is out. Wanna hurt a player, Sit as long as they’re gone, lose your paycheck, think twice next time

  8. davebabychreturns - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    No question that play has all the ingredients of a big suspension, however Kieth is a star player for an original six franchise and the Sedins get zero respect from the league so I’m guessing four games at the very most regardless of any injury to Sedin.

    Canucks fans will just have to hope Keith loses some more of his few remaining teeth in the very near future.

  9. blomfeld - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM


    As an ardent LA Kings supporter (ie: we’re 8-3 since Jeff Carter joined us) I’m obliged to give my two cents worth. This cheap shot from Duncan Keith was overt, cowardly and completely premeditated … and it was consistent with the behavior of vermin. Hopefully Daniel hasn’t been injured too seriously and doesn’t suffer from lingering repercussions ? I don’t like the Canucks for personal reasons, however I have great respect for the Sedin brothers, who play hockey the way it was meant to be played. Little will be done by the queen Shanahan I suspect ? … and therefore the only recourse for the Canucks is to reply in kind … it’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it usually is …

    • sharksfan754 - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      “As an ardent LA Kings supporter (ie: we’re 8-3 since Jeff Carter joined us) I’m obliged to give my two cents worth.”

      Wait, how does being a big Kings fan require you to weigh in on this?

  10. drewsylvania - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Even if no history, should be several games.

    Which means Shanny will invite him out for ice cream.

  11. torgerl - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    that was awesome

  12. warpstonebc - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    According to the post-game, Keith is reported as having said “I’m going to get you” to Daniel.

    Brutal. Time for Shanahan to show some courage and really suspend a star. If Keith doesn’t get called into New York for a sit down, this is a joke.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      Right. Because Duncan Keith is that kind of enforcer. /eyeroll

      • kitshky - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:18 AM

        No he’s not …but Hanks also not the kind of guy who makes things like that up. End of the day it was a dirty hit brought on by an emotional game between two rivals, doesnt make Keith a dirty player or terrible human being and this calling for his head crap is ridiculous. (as it always is)

        He’s goin to get suspended but as Canuck fans that’s not even the issue. They lose Daniel for any significant time going into the playoffs and … I’ll see ya’ll next year.

  13. drewzducks - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    I can only guess from the ho hum attitude of the announcers this must have been the Chicago feed?

  14. taytay099 - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    I really hope Daniel’s not injured. That would be one huge loss.

  15. islandersfan - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Much as I love Keith and the Hawks- yea that was stupid. Since he is a first offender prolly 3-5 games.

  16. gobucky1 - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Hope someone shows a video of the Sedin elbow as well!

    • warpstonebc - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      LOL, it would only hurt Keith’s case: waif winger throws ill-timed high-hit which causes Keith to premeditate a kill-shot in retaliation? Hope you’re not a lawyer. 😛

    • scottybcboy - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      Both players should be suspended. Two unnecessary hits in which the head was principle point of contact. In a perfect world Sedin should have to wait until he is healthy to serve his suspension.

  17. rflashj - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Hate dirty play, but when Sedin targets (and hits) Kieth’s head 6 minutes prior, Sedid got what was coming.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      Take your context and get out of here. This is a Vancouver pity party.

    • duck99 - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Keith deserves 3 games but Sedin is a coward. He blindsided Keith earlier with a head shot and then cries to the press like the Canucks always do. They get that from everyone in that organization from the GM to the Head Coach. Sedin can play the pity card on his next 30 flops.

  18. scottybcboy - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Daniel can thank Kesler/hockey gods for that one. When you try to injure someone it will come back to bite you.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      Wow, some Canuck fans in serious need of kleenex.

      You guys already got your “payback” when three guys jumped Keith while the linesmen were tied up elsewhere. Including Burrows, who clearly remembers how to pull hair.

      I think Beiksa almost started a fight with a guy that was neither turned away or much smaller than him, so that’s, you know, progress.

  19. ikillchicken - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Comparing these two hits is nothing short of moronic. Daniel clearly comes in with his elbow completely down and makes a good shoulder check. The only reason Keith catches it in the head is that he’s hunched over.

    The Keith hit is just a blatant chicken wing to the head of a player who doesn’t even have the puck. At minimum he should get 5 games. 10 if Danny has a concussion.

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:52 AM

      “only reason he catches it in the head is that he’s hunched over”
      Still not allowed to make contact with the head, hunched over or not

      So ya there’s that

      • ikillchicken - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:57 AM

        Regardless, putting that on par with a blatant and deliberate elbow to the head is absurd. The two aren’t even close.

      • firstandonlywarning - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:02 AM

        Who’s putting it on par? And nice attempt at dismissal with “regardless”

        Keith did what he did because Sedin did what he did

      • firstandonlywarning - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:04 AM

        “good shoulder check” right?
        Nothing bad about it, Keith shoulda got his head out of the way right?

      • ikillchicken - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:05 AM

        Let me just go down the list here:
        1) Several people in this very thread are acting like these two hits were basically the same.
        2) Yes. That was a dismissal of your point. Because your point is irrelevant. Keith’s hit was blatantly illegal and far, far worse than anything Daniel did. Whether or not you consider Daniel’s hit to be slightly bad as well really does nothing to change that.
        3) Yeah, it basically was a good shoulder check. Unfortunately he caught him in a bad position. It happens.

  20. kotteintheslot - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    I love Keith but this SHOULD make him sit for the rest of the regular season (Chicago has 7 games left). However, Shanny will probably just shake his magic 8 ball to come up with how many games. Someone explain the logic behind suspending a player harsher because a player gets injured. I mean, why is intent not the most important aspect? So if I accidentally hurt someone its more egregious than trying to hurt someone and failing? I do sort of understand the repeat offender, but why is it that Shanny seems to now target repeat offenders and if you havent gotten suspended yet there is A LOT less chance of you getting suspended?

    • kitshky - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:07 AM

      That is my biggest pet peeves in this league, there shouldnt be any corolation between injury and penalty … it should be based on intent and intent only.

  21. firstandonlywarning - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Baaaaaaaaack in the day There were guys like Probert and Grimson. And this would have been settled on the ice.

    Canucks wish they had Bert back? Because he knew how to deal with a cheap shot at his star teammates.

    Cry More for Steve The Rat Moore

    He had it coming and now so does Keith

    • kitshky - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:12 AM

      As a Canuck fan who loves Bert and while not condoning blindshots to the back of heads, actually feel he was unfairly treated because of the injury sustained by Moore, (note comment above) please allow me to be the first to say this … you are an idiot.

    • jason9696 - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:57 AM

      And people wonder why Canuck fans are so hated around the league. You sick fvck.

      • kitshky - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:47 AM

        Ya cause there’s no a**holes in any other city in the league … acknowledge the guys an idiot and piss off

      • firstandonlywarning - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        Im not a Canuck fan

        You people who cry for Steve Moore are pathetic losers who don’t know JACK about hockey.

        Steve Moore was a LIL RAT who cheap shotted other players often and when Bert had to CHASE the lil coward to FINISH the bad blood, Moore TALKED A TON OF SH1T and turned his back an tried to run.

        Like the scumbag he was, he cheap shotted players, he ran his mouth, and when the time came for Bert to finish it.
        And I should say EVERYONE IN THE FRACKING WORLD knew Bert was coming for him.
        And when he came, Moore TALKED JUNK AGAIN and REFUSED to man-up. He turned his back and


        You morons need to learn the difference between trying to hurt and guy and trying to injure him (in this case break him neck)

        Moore deserved to be jumped and hurt, he had a chance to protect himself and end things.
        He figures he can end the Nucks best players career, get away with 1 fight and that be the end of it?
        He was Fracking wrong, and his neck would be fine today if he wasnt a filthy lil cowardly rat

        History lesson Over

      • wingsdjy - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        The issue I have with Moore is that he’s since been cleared to play, but turned down a contract offer. I’m guessing he thinks he’ll earn more via a lawsuit then he would playing hockey, so there’s no benefit for him to play again.

    • jason9696 - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      The hit from Steve Moore on Molly Nutsack wasn’t that dirty of a hit. I’m not sure if he got a penalty on it. But I know he wasn’t suspended for it. Although he probably should have gotten a game or two. And that should have been the end of it.

      Even when they played a week or so later in Vancouver Moore got into a fight with Matt Cooke. But still the loser Canucks wanted more blood. So Crawford had Bertuzzi go after him. Great move because his suspension pretty much ended the Canucks season that year. They had a great shot at the Cup before that happened. It was nice to see Iginla and the Flames take them out in the first round. I can see them losing in the first round this year. Will their fans riot again though? :)

  22. vanfoodman - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    Only in the NHL can you deliberately elbow a player in the head when he doesn’t have the puck and only get a two minute minor penalty. I’ll say it again, FIRE TERRY GREGSON NOW! The National Hockey League Director of Officiating is an emperor with no clothes.

    • kitshky - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:31 AM

      eww …you jus made me think of Gregson naked, thanks pal.

  23. vanfoodman - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    On the day NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sends a message that no one messes with the integrity of his league, I can’t wait to see what the NHL does to Duncan Keith. You can bet Goodell would hand Keith his head and be done with it. And the rest of the league would take note and that would be the end of headshots, period. But the NHL will continue its tiptoeing around this contagion, allowing it to spread and seeing star players dropping like flies. Seriously, I think they’ll only deal with it when someone dies. I mean Crosby, the biggest star the NHL has has been crippled by this for the better part of a year and they don’t react with vigor and decisiveness? Maybe they’re waiting for a lawsuit from players?

  24. getlockedout - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    both hits were illegal and should be suspended. i think Keith gets 5 games. Sedin should get a game or two, but probably won’t since he isn’t a dirty player, is a “star,” and keith wasn’t injured. before you say it wasn’t an elbow, it doesn’t matter. the head was the principal point of contact and he targeted the head.

  25. h8rgnh8 - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Cry more you sissy Canucks fans.

    Your team is dirty and you know it, not so fun when your on the other side of the play. Keith’s elbow was intentional, he does deserve to be penalized. He is not a repeat offender. Danial got what he deserved, his intent was to hurt Keith. Your team showed a major lack of discipline last night with the stupid penalties they took.

    Remember these two teams hate each other, emotions will run high every time they play.

  26. bigbadbruins1968 - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    It would serve Canuck fans right if Duncan Keith got the same suspension as Ryan Kesler for a dirty hit. Sorry, but I missed Elaine Vigneault’s righteous indignation when the NHL didn’t suspended him for clipping.

    With that said, it was a stupid hit. I don’t want to see a good player injured on a reckless, needlessly stupid play. We’ve seen too many good, young NHL stars injured the last few seasons, which deprives us, the fans, from enjoying their performance on the ice.

  27. jond86 - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    If Doan gets 3 this gets at least 5.

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      If Keith gets 5 Sedin gets 3

      • h8rgnh8 - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        Keith is not a repeat offender, Doan was. That will play into the decision.

      • jond86 - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        Shoulder to the head, I think he can make an argument against anything, kinda from the blind side though. Never gonna take out all the head shots. Too many suspensions this year, IMO. Gets everyone calling for them at every turn. And to be clear I wasn’t calling for Keith to get 5. Just speculating to what may happen based on past calls.

  28. sxdx90 - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    The hit on Keith and Daniel were both dirty. They each should get a couple games.

    I do hope Keith hit Daniel hard enough that Henrik felt it! :)

  29. pastabelly - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    velocirapist – Mar 21, 2012 at 9:22 PM
    He didn’t have the puck. Absolutely dirty, unnecessary, classless hit by a player I have lost a ton of respect for. I wanna see a Canuck knock this guy out for the rest of the season.
    The Canucks are a dirty team in their own right. What goes around, comes around. The same is true for Pittsburgh, who continues to employ Cooke. Would you be happy if someone took Aaron Rome out for the season? After all, Nathan Horton has never recovered from that dirty hit. Burrows is another dirty player. So is LaPierre. Too bad for Sedin. But his team brings this on.

    • h8rgnh8 - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:42 PM


  30. wxv1 - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    The fact is that Sedin started the whole thing by the brutal elbow against Keith, when Keith didnt have the puck. Keith retaliated. If the NHL is fair, both of them will be suspended, but Sedin should have 1 more of suspension than Keith for being the initiator.

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      “brutal elbow” ? more like used poor judgment and made first contact with the head. And Duncan took it one step further. Like I have repeatedly said, allow enforcers to do their job and this does not happen much anymore.

      Nobody and I mean NOBODY even finished a check on Yzerman

      1- It meant that its open season on YOUR star players

      2- It meant that either Joey Kocur and or Bobby Probert was going to get you, not just once either, but until they are satisfied.

      It worked
      It was awesome

      Gretzky had the same protection with Semenko and Marty.

      Seriously, you didn’t dare even finish your check, you rubbed up against them and hugged them (Burke rule) and said “Hi Mr.Gretzky hope you you have a super hot daughter that loves to flaunt it on twitter” and skate away.

  31. kbmorgan1 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    The Canucks and Hawks have a terrific rivalry but Keith’s behavior was unacceptable, period. In the past it was easy to target the Sedin’s because the Canucks (and especially the Sedin’s) would not retaliate. No longer.

    The league can take credit for this entire debacle. As pointed out by Vigneault, the on ice official was the same one that let Marchand use Daniel’s head as a speed bag (against the Bruins), then gave him (Daniel) a 10 minute misconduct for questioning his lack of a call.

    What other Hart trophy candidate, scoring title champ would have to take that while the refs turned a blind eye?

    I just hope Shanahan finally gets the cajones to make the right call. Unfortunately, because it’s the Canucks he probably won’t. Supplemental discipline and responsibility for officiating need to be taken outside the domain of the league office. They have proven beyond a doubt that they are incapable of handling the responsibility.

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