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Blackhawks and Canucks: ‘bitterness’ lingers about Keith elbow on Sedin

Feb 1, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks renew their rivalry – started during the 2009 playoffs and harbored over three consecutive post-season clashes – Friday at Rogers Arena.

The two teams haven’t played each other since March 21 of last year, when Duncan Keith elbowed Daniel Sedin in the head during the first period of a game in Chicago.

Keith was suspended five games, and Sedin missed the remaining nine regular season games and the first three of Vancouver’s five playoff games against the L.A. Kings.

Sedin was quick to put down any notions of revenge.

His teammates also downplayed such an act, although it’s clear last year’s incident hasn’t been forgotten and may fuel emotions that were previously put on the back burner during the lockout.

“I am not going to lie, there is bitterness, for sure,” defenseman Kevin Bieksa told the Vancouver Sun.

“We’re still not happy about it and I’m sure deep down Danny is not happy about it. But it’s part of the game. I have cheap-shotted guys before, not as bad as that, but it happens in games and you have to accept it.”

It might still be January and the season less than two full weeks old, but Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville already used the term “playoff-mentality” to describe Friday’s showdown.

“There’s good history there. When we go there the building is alive,” Quenneville told the Chicago Tribune.

  1. pone27 - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Lol at Bieska, oh so you have dished out cheap shots but NOT as bad?! Come on man, yeah I get it, your cheap shots never gave a player that sever of an injury, but that makes your cheap shots ok?

    Well then, im bitter that you feel that you can do cheap shots as long as they don’t inflict serious injury. Smh.

    Love how the Canucks act like the Hawks/Canucks matchups haven’t had their share of blows since prior to the Keith hit. People forget so quickly that Sedin slashed the crap out of Keith prior to that. Pretty sure of Toews or Kane did that to Bieska that his cheap shot meter may have gone up a notch.

    Regardless, as a Hawks fan, I cheer matchups against Vancouver like as if its a playoff game. Always sick games to watch. Hockey Is Back. Lets go Hawks!!

    • davebabychreturns - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Sedin slashed the crap out of Keith? You wanna link us all to a youtube video of that please?

      The way I remember it Sedin hit Keith in the corner – and Blackhawks fans wanted to say that was illegal so they could avoid having to acknowledge that the Keith cheap shot was not only incredibly dirty but pretty much uncalled for.

      As for Bieksa cheap shots.. Other than making Stalberg accountable for his high elbows I can’t think of too much (feel free to enlighten me) that’s gone on against the Hawks. Even with the Stalberg fight that’s a pretty well accepted part of the game, a flying elbow to the face of a player that does not even have possession isn’t.

      At any rate, I agree it’s going to be a great hockey game.

      Hopefully Duncan Keith hears footsteps all night, I’m not calling for anything dirty but the Canucks need to play the body on him. Both because he’s a great player that needs to be neutralized, and because he’s a complete punk that has it coming.

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        I was agreeing with you until this: In your persepective, what did you mean by “pretty much uncalled for.”

        Sedin’s hit was clean?

        Sedin’s hit was dirty, but not in the league of the retribution?

      • davebabychreturns - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        Frankly it was a catch all because I didn’t (and still haven’t) bothered going to watch the replay.

        As I recall Sedin hit Keith in the corner in the Blackhawks zone and his shoulder was up near Keith’s head – didn’t really look like he went out of his way but given the headshot rules (and given some people scrambling to find a reason why it was okay for Duncan Keith to leap with his elbow out into Sedin’s face later in the game) you can usually find a number of people who will claim almost any hit where someone’s head was contacted is illegal.

        In my opinion Sedin’s hit was clean but you could argue (and some have) that it is in that grey area between “clean but not okay” and “outright illegal.”

        None of it justifies Keith’s assault which was about as blatant as it gets.

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Watching it again, it still looks like the initial point of contact was Daniels shoulder to Keith’s head, and then head to glass, as was also the apparently intent of the contact. I consider it borderline at best, personally. If Keith hadn’t done what he did, Daniel’s hit would have been what we were talking about after the game (aside from, you know, the outcome of the game).

        But I don’t think Sedin’s hit warranted or should be used to defend Keith’s hit. It can’t be done. Suspension should have been longer. But at the same time, I don’t think Keith’s hit automatically nullifies Sedin’s actions in that hit not two minutes before. I think they need to watch both teams tonight specifically for things like that, because that’s more likely to happen.

  2. badguy711 - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Hey at least he admitted to cheap shots, which is more than 90% of guys in the League would.

  3. dt58 - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    He admitted to cheap shots because that’s all he does

  4. jason9696 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Maybe Kevin Bieska is going to go after tough guy Victor Stalberg again.

    • davebabychreturns - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Maybe Stalberg will learn to keep his elbows down. Probably not though.

  5. columbiannecktie - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    If I were the Canucks I’d wait for Keith to get in the shooting lane then rip shots high and hard.

  6. colby7 - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Well the Keith pairing is going to see the Sedin’s alot, and judging from last year I’d say Kassian has a chip on his shoulder. Keith’s “Youve been a great addition to this tean, havnt you?” has likely not been forgotten, and proven wrong.

  7. tradebait9 - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Tonight we see the return of 7uongo !!!!

  8. steverolley - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Here is why none of the Canucks players are talking revenge:

    BECAUSE TODD BERTUZZI IS GETTING SUED FOR THE LAST TIME THE CANUCKS GOT REVENGE

  9. pone27 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Lol, a page flooded with Canucks fans. Hopefully when you lose tonight you wont go setting fires and riots in the streets.

    I also love how you guys defend Bieska. Dude is a master of cheap shots. Get over the fan aspect and step into the reality.

    • salmon90 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Whose reality are you speaking of..Yours? The one where you ‘set’ riots?

      • pone27 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/16/vancouver-riot-photos_n_877936.html

        Pretty sure thats the riot.

        I didn’t set any riot. Bieska clearly did with his not so smart comments. Some players just state their thoughts, etc. and clearly don’t think before they speak. Thats not me doing so.

        I don’t come on here to stir a pot by any stretch, I like PHT. I feel most the people who frequent on here actually have good knowledge of the game. But I am also pretty sure that I am allowed to speak on a player who made comments towards my favorite team which mind you is a solid rivalry.

        Gonna go out on a limb here and think that most of you who think I am causing a ‘riot’ had their many thoughts on Kaner during the off-season. Think about it.

  10. colby7 - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2013/01/31/blackhawks_canucks_rivalry_top_moments/

    Relieve the Hate.

    I almost forgot the Dustin Byfuglien cross check to Luongo, that was pretty brutal haha.

    The Bieksa Eager fight is decent, Eager gets that crazy look in his eye. People that dont follow the Canucks might not know that Kassian already fought Eager this season and gave him a concussion. Have no idea why Kassian targeted him other then knowing that hes hated by the team.

  11. rwmilli - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Lol at all the comments above, you guys are pathetic. Maybe you should all get some facts before you speak about things you have no idea on. Smh

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Do you realize you’re talking to anonymous commenters on an Internet site? I’m pretty sure it’s not only our right, but our duty to do this. Fall in line.

  12. blackhawks1982 - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Hopefully nobody’s hair gets pulled tonight! (Burrows) Go Hawks

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