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Blackhawks react to Duncan Keith’s suspension

Mar 23, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp, Alex Burrows AP

For some, Duncan Keith‘s five-game suspension seems like the least the NHL could do about a flagrant elbow on Daniel Sedin. That being said, the decision delivers a harsh blow to his Chicago Blackhawks teammates, who are grappling with the fact that their best defenseman won’t be available until April 5.

Patrick Sharp discussed the fallout with CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers:

“It’s unfortunate that Daniel got hurt. I don’t think that was Duncan’s intention,” Patrick Sharp said earlier Friday. “It’s something we’re going to have to rally behind. You never want to see guys go down, especially like that. You hate to see a guy go out like that. You never want to see guys get hurt.”

Coach Joel Quenneville hopes that the Blackhawks learn a lesson from this harsh (yet some might say lenient) punishment, preaching that the team needs to keep their cool – even against the hated Vancouver Canucks.

“Every game we’ve seen, whether it’s a playoff game or regular-season game, you have to control your emotions and make sure you think,” Quenneville said. “There are certain switches that are just reactionary and in the moment of the game. That’s something we’ll always focus on moving forward. Whether it’s Vancouver or anybody, we need to be smart.”

Something tells me if you shot Keith up with some of the “Kill Bill” truth serum, even he would admit that the elbow wasn’t smart.

On the bright side for Keith and Chicago, he’ll have two regular season games to “wise up” before the playoffs begin.

Here’s video of the reactions, if you’re not much for reading quotes and such:

  1. elvispocomo - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Nothing too notable there, apart from the team admitting it was bad or he lost his cool. The one part I thought odd though, was Sharp’s rallying comment. He made it sound like he was talking about rallying behind Daniel, not Duncan.

    • danphipps01 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      When you think about it, he probably was. Makes more sense than the alternative, really. Besides, Sharp’s always seemed like a classy guy.

  2. itsallniceonice - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    I’m a Bruins fan so thumbs down all you want, but how the hell is this equal to Marchand’s borderline clip of Salo? I’d say this is even more predatory and a direct hit to the freakin head. From the precedent set I have no idea how this isn’t more than 5 games. Maybe Sedin doesn’t have a concussion?

    • velocirapist - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      Canucks fan agreeing with you. Marchand’s was probably due more to reputation, which is bs

      • davebabychreturns - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:36 AM

        I think you could make a couple arguments as to why Marchand got as many games as Keith.

        First of all Keith is a former Norris trophy winner who is a huge part of an important franchise. Marchand is a good young player (much as it pains me to admit it) but nowhere near Keith’s calibre. Taking him away from a Bruins team that was demolishing opponents at the time is nowhere near as severe as taking Keith away from a team that is in tough to take fourth place in its division at the end of the regular season.

        Secondly not only is Marchand’s reputation far worse than Keith’s, while the Blackhawks have been playing very clean hockey for the most part this year the Bruins were simply begging for a message to be sent by Shanny for most of the year – their game is to play over the line and they got away with it until the rest of the league said enough is enough (the Lucic hit on Miller) and gave Shanahan his marching orders.

        Is it fair, not really. But that’s the league we follow.

    • ikillchicken - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      Well, you’re just being silly if you’re still pretending Marchant’s play was just “borderline”. That said, I do actually agree to a degree. I don’t think it is equal. Keith is essentially a clean player though. He has virtually no history beyond this hit. That’s why the suspensions are equal despite Keith’s actually being the worse hit.

      • itsallniceonice - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:26 AM

        I agree with what you said except the Marchand play being “borderline”. Have you seen the clips recently? Kesler went barreling into Clutterbuck, skating and then ducking right into his knees! God damn if that’s not at least as bad as Marshmonts “clip” then I must be crazy. Marshmont is as “clean a player” as Keith is according to NHL law so I don’t understand your reasoning.

        Keith went Matt Cooke style into D, Sedin and no hockey fan can agree with that.

  3. jason9696 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    5 games sounds about right. But of course the Canucks and their fans will be whining if Daniela is out longer than that.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      Well despite your unimaginitive trolling, of course a five game suspension isn’t going to make the injury to Daniel Sedin any easier to take – why would it? Hell, unless the Blackhawks end up facing the Canucks in the first (or a subsequent) round no suspension to Keith is going to balance things out for the Canucks.

  4. chiadam - Mar 24, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    As soon as Keith gets back (or now), get that letter off his chest. Although he’s nowhere near as good as casual fans think, he’s one of the Hawks’ top two defensemen. They can’t afford to lose him for five of the remaining seven games. But, yet again, he finds a way to hurt the team. That’s not how a captain or alternate captain behaves. But on the bright side, he can’t turn the puck over from his couch.

  5. tommytd - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Hey at least he didn’t bite anybody. And, I’m trying to remember…who was the team that used to employ that a*hole Raffe Torres? Sometimes you mess with the bull…you get the horn!

  6. eeesox - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Sedin drove into Keith with his shoulder and up into his chin from his blind side. This from a player who can skate around with a dozen fresh eggs in his gear and never break one most games. No call from the ref so Keith lost his temper and drilled him.
    Everyone knows Sedin would never drop his goves ! He hands out cheap shots and has no problem slashing opponets on a regular basis, and skates away….who me ? what did I do ? His own brother never came to his defense, always letting someone else to fight their battles.
    Live by the sword….Die by the sword. If your going to dish out hits to the head, you better expect to get one back.
    Canucks fans sound like a baby nursery at feeding time, and always blaming everybody else for their loses.
    Their fans burned their own city after losing the Cup and blamed the Police ?????
    Chicago had over a million people downtown for their Cup parade and not a single arrest was made, just happy fans who celebrated.

    Check the stats, the Hawks don’t take many penalties, they just score goals…..maybe the Canuckleheads should try that next season. Because they won’t win this year either. A bunch of candyass whiners.

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