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Blackhawks, Canucks react to Keith elbowing Sedin

Mar 22, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is saying the right things about his controversial elbow on Daniel Sedin. Keith said that he wasn’t trying to hurt Sedin, providing this explanation to Adam Jahns.

“The puck was up in the air from what I remember and I’m trying to close my gap and have a good gap on him,” Keith said. “Right at the last second, he moves forward. I don’t know where the puck is. It’s fast. Like I said, I hope he’s OK. I need to see the replay. I need to see it again.”

Here’s video of the offending hit, which also includes a check by Sedin from earlier in the game, one many believe inspired Keith’s actions. (Keith, curiously, didn’t remember that blow properly either – he might not be the kind of guy you want as an eyewitness, by the way.)

While Keith’s revisionist history might need some polishing, the Canucks’ anger is quite focused. Alain Vigneault thought the elbow was major penalty material while Henrik Sedin was reportedly “livid” about the hit. (Their complaints carry extra anger because Chicago won 2-1 in overtime.)

Jahns passes along something that could get blown out of proportion: Henrik said that Keith “made comments” before the elbow.


Either way, Keith created quite a mess for himself – and likely some unwanted extra attention in future games.

  1. warpstonebc - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    It’s amusing watching homers trying to make a lot out of Sedin’s hit. It’s high and sloppy, but it’s also a typical forward’s challenge that warrants 2 minutes. Meanwhile, Keith’s is a kill-shot, pure and simple.

    Where’s the puck Keith? You’re a defencemen, that generally means you back up when the puck bounces off the boards. Where the point of contact? Why are you hanging out a chicken wing while attempting to intefere/tie-up your man?

    BTW, I’d love to see the ref assessment on this one. If Keith received a major, the entire game might have calmed down. Instead, poor refereeing (“gee guys, he nailed him good in the head so let’s give him an elbow minor”) prevails.

    Seriously, the officials have suddenly started calling ridiculous GK interference across the league, but does that tie up too much grey matter to allow them to remember that a head shot is a major+misconduct?

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:48 AM

      Oh, there’s homerism abound on both sides.

  2. comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    “Keith, curiously, didn’t remember that blow properly either – he might not be the kind of guy you want as an eyewitness, by the way.”

    Not for nothing, but if you actually watched the game, when the cut to him after the hit, he was basically demonstrating what he said.

  3. crmgoodness - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Keith’s hit is awful. It should have been 5 and the game. It’s also no doubt and worthy of as harsh a suspension as available.

    That said, to consider Sedin’s hit simply “high and sloppy” could be construed pretty easily as a fair dose of homerism as well. If you consider a typical forward’s challenge to be late and targeting the head of an unsuspecting player then I guess that’s typical.

    Sedin’s hit is by no means in the same class as Keith’s, but it’s still absolutely the type of Matt Cooke-esque blindside job that the league would have you believe they are trying to get rid of.

    I don’t believe them.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      Remember that one? No suspension. Let’s tone the indignation down a notch or two?

      • canucklehead3 - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:23 AM

        So because the league messed up and didn’t suspend a past canuck for a dirty hit, Canuck fans shouldn’t be upset that their best player just got knocked out by one ?

      • ikillchicken - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:33 AM

        Say what you will about the Torres hit. At least he came in elbow down and hit a guy with the puck. The same can’t be said of this Keith hit.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        the league messed up and didn’t suspend a past canuck for a dirty hit

        Thank you CH3 for setting up my point perfectly. I distinctly remember Canucks fan vehemently defending Torres and the hit as clean.

        I’m just pointing out the contradiction. Especially since Torres was just coming off a suspension for that type of play.

        You guys realize the puck took a weird, higher-than-normal bounce off the boards, and that that elbow was up because he was blindly swinging (which he shouldn’t have done)? But yes, the elbow to the head is ugly and the exact kind of thing the NHL is right to try to minimize. That will get you two games, three tops. (First-time offender)

        But let’s stop pretending that Duncan Keith is some old-school dirty enforcer.

        And pick a lane, Canucks. You can’t swarm a guy away from the linesmen, pull his hair and try to knee him in the groin, and then become outraged at that guy’s dirty play. Especially when Sedin himself took a run at Keith earlier in a game.

        There’s a lot of muck to go around in this one, so let’s stop pretending otherwise.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        It’s clear my attempt at sarcastic homerism was too dry about the “swinging.” Thumb me down for the clumsiness.

      • yamchargers - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        Any hockey fan who defended Torres hit as clean is as dumb as the fans that are comparing the Sedin hit to the Keith hit or calling the Keith hit clean.

        I not saying there isnt stuipidity on both sides, but today the stuipidity is being demonstrated by Keith defenders.

    • yamchargers - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      Here is a simple fact for all you simpletons:

      The Sedin hit happens every single game. There is incedental head contact during a hit. Its like holding in the NFL. EVERY SINGLE GAME HAS IT.

      The Keith hit is a 5 times a year epic head shot hit.

      Its not homerism. Its a fact from a Senators fan. Anyone who doesnt undstand the facts is either willfully blind or just plain stuipid or a homer. Those are the choices.

  4. bensawesomeness - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    As a fan of neither of these teams – this rivalry is fun to watch from the outside looking in

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    The elbow by Keith was vicious, but Sedin’s wasn’t exactly great. Maybe everyone should just keep their elbows down and throw some real checks.

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  7. jpelle82 - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    finally! keith deserves a heavy suspension but maybe danielle will think twice before throwing his little pansy cheap shots and dives from now on…maybe his sister henrietta will learn from this vicariously through their weird gay twin e.s.p. too.

    • elvispocomo - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      Stay classy, San Diego.

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