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Duncan Keith awkwardly responds to female reporter following loss

Apr 23, 2013, 9:13 AM EST

Duncan Keith, Derek Roy AP

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith had a tough night against Vancouver in their 3-1 loss to the Canucks. Keith was beaten by Daniel Sedin on their third goal of the game and his one means of defending the shot was to slash him.

Keith was asked about the play following the game by Team 1040 in Vancouver’s Karen Thomson. Keith’s reply to her query came off sounding a bit nasty. (audio here)

Thomson: “It looked like maybe there was a penalty that went undetected. You seemed a bit frustrated.”

Keith: “Oh no I don’t think there was. I think he scored a nice goal. The ref was right there. That’s what the ref saw. We should get you as a ref maybe, hey?”

Thomson: “Yeah, maybe! Can’t skate though.”

Keith: “First female referee. Can’t play probably, either, right? But you’re thinking the game like you know it? OK, see ya.”

Some are taking his reply as being a sexist rip job. Others say he’s just a grumpy player giving a sarcastic answer.

Players giving snarky answers after a loss (or even a win if you’re Chris Pronger) is nothing new, but did this cross a line? I’m sure you’ll debate that in the comments politely.

For what it’s worth, here’s how Thomson handled it via Twitter:

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