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Video: Blackhawks’ Keith slashes Carter in the face

Jun 4, 2013, 10:54 PM EDT

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was assessed a double-minor for high sticking, after he slashed L.A. Kings’ forward Jeff Carter in the face during the second period of Game 3 Tuesday.

The incident happened in the neutral zone, as the pair were skating up the ice. Carter whacked Keith on the hand as Keith tried to pick his glove up off the ice. Keith retaliated, whacking Carter in the face with a one-handed slash.

Carter left the game briefly but did return. Keith came up to Carter during a stoppage in play, offering what looked to be an apology. Carter didn’t appear to accept it.

  1. leprekan - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Bush league moves by both players. Carter slashing the open hand was bs, and even though I don’t think Keith meant to hit Carter in the face, he still has to watch his stick there.

    • wmbhockey - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      Completely agree. Ref should have given Carter 2 minutes for slashing. So what do you get when you slash a man on his hand when he try’s to pick up his glove? Stiches in the chin!

  2. sjsharks66 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Complete accident by DK. Still has to be responsible for his stick.

    • rocoop - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      God your clueless…Accident???

      • esracerx46 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:05 AM

        Keith was bent over picking up his glove with his bare hand when he gets a 2 handed slash to it. While still bent over with one hand on the stick not even looking at Carter he slashed him back. Pretty obvious Keith didn’t want to do it in his face seeing as soon as Carter went down he was apologizing. And did so again later on. Keith should have gotten his 4, but Carter should have gotten 2. As far as suspendable… come on Cam. That’s not even worth taking a second look at.

      • salmon90 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:10 AM

        esracerx46 – so it was a retaliation play for getting a slash to the hands? Didn’t you guys learn your lesson the last time Keith got suspended?! If you say it was retaliatory you can guarantee suspension.

      • esracerx46 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        A full out hunt a sister down with a flying elbow is a tad different than an errant stick. Did he mean to slash him? Yes absolutely. Did he mean to catch him in the chin? No. That’s where the accident comes from.

  3. sharkmaster88 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Well here is another bad use of stick which should be a 7 game suspension not a double minor what are these refs thinking Shanahan and the League have gone from awful to rock bottom sucks

  4. sharkmaster88 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Who are siding with sjshark66 ??? The Blackhawks get nothing

    • wmbhockey - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      Sorry dude, Sharks got screwed in game 2…and the rest is history…

  5. 19to77 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Since when was high-sticking a suspension? =/

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      McSorely on Brasher

      • 19to77 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:22 AM

        Good point. There IS precedent, which I’d forgotten. Still, they don’t seem very comparable. McSorley full-on two-hand SWUNG his stick into the back of Brashear’s head hard enough that it broke. He was practically trying to kill him.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:27 AM

        Oh ya it was much worse, still though Keith needs to get a game for this in 2013

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      Hell, I think it’s been five or six games since the Blackhawks had a high-sticking call go in their favor.

  6. wmbhockey - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Kings owe the Refs big time…no icing ?????

    • 22lakings22 - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:29 AM

      Hossa tipped the puck.

  7. sjsharks66 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Yeah! That icing non call was garbage!

    • sanfranbruinsfan - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      Not a fan of either team (obviously) but the puck deflected off of a hawks player, so no icing. Watch the replay.

  8. devilsarethebest - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Sad how now every little thing, suspension talk gets started. Sad but true. With Shannaban, you never know.

    • 19to77 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      Exactly. I mean, we have a double minor penalty for exactly this. Which he got. Why does every form of contact that leaves a player with a boo-boo immediately generate suspension hysteria? Since when is hockey the f*cking NBA?

  9. sprtsfan1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Wow, what a game. Hawks can’t take those penalties all game. We got a series folks!!!!

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      A five-game one, yes.

  10. kydkrunk - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    How about those refs? how do you not call icing on the last two plays of this game. garbage. refss have decided a game by not calling icing.

    • manchestermiracle - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      Yeah, ’cause everybody knows you immediately score after getting a face off in the o-zone, right? The Hawks very first goal in this series was on an obvious off-sides that was missed by the linesman. Those even out over the course of a series. Not sure that’s where I’d be focusing when the Hawks came out flat and got outplayed for the first 39 of 40 minutes.

    • hrudey - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      The referee waved off the icing before the puck even reached center ice. The angle shown during broadcase doesn’t show clearly enough what happened at the blue line but it sure looks like the Blackhawk at the point must have gotten his stick on the puck, as it definitely started dropping as it crossed the blueline. That’s probably why Hossa never even looked like he was playing for a touchup for but a turn and go. But, hey, those refs made Saad lose the puck entering the Kings zone too, I’m sure, somehow.

      Or, and this is just a wild thought, the Blackhawks got outplayed tonight and much like the first two games in the series, the team that deserved the win got it. When two teams this good play a series like this, it’s a disrespect to both sides to claim the referees are deciding it.

  11. spalding49 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Carter’s slash on Keith’s unprotected hand was an intentional cheap shot. He got what he deserved. Keith’s mistake was trying to apologize.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      No one deserves a stick in the face. Keiths lucky it didn’t ride even farther up and catch him around the eye.

      That said, Carter’s play should have sent him to the box, regardless of Keith’s play.

  12. hrudey - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Okay, seriously, the whole “find video of a hit that should be a penalty and run a story asking if it should be a suspension” is getting old. The double minor was the correct call (though I wouldn’t have complained about a slash on Carter eliminating one of the power plays). It was a bad play by Keith but nothing that warrants anything further – just an unfortunate reaction from a guy who clearly recognized immediately what he’d done and tried to make it right rather than pour gas on the fire.

    • salmon90 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      So apologizing after negates the fact he swung his stick at Carter’s face. Apologizng is great yes but you must have learned in kindergarten than there are still consequences to be paid when you mess up like that – and no 4 minutes are not enough for this act.

      • hrudey - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        He didn’t seem to be targeting (not that word again) the head. It looked more like he was trying to hit him in the chest, just like happens already way too often in the NHL. He should have had control of his stick and he’s responsible for what happens, but a one-handed wrist-flick of a slash in retaliation for the cross-check he got earlier is not egregious. It’s a penalty, and a four minute one, but even if I put on my Kings homer glasses I have a hard time making a legitimate case for either a major penalty or a suspension to be warranted from it.

  13. heynyc61 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Nasty and irresponsible… Worth a 1 game suspension .. Lucky it was a chin and not an eye

  14. rgledz - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Refs blew it on the icing non call at the end. Inexcusable.

    • spalding49 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Look at the replay. The puck deflects off Beckell’s stick, which is why it changed directions and went into the boards.

  15. rocoop - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    C’mon Hawk fans, stop with the icing excuse

  16. salmon90 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Highsticking calls happen when you get your stick up in someone’s face either completely unintentionally or just being a little reckless during a ‘hockey play’ or someimes when guys are jabbing at each other after the whistle. Keith swung his stick at Carter’s face from behind – a no brainer suspension. Really looking forward to Keith claiming he’s not a dirty player though!

  17. kingsforever - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Carter hits his GLOVE not his hand, man you people are blind. Either way he was provoking him, but either way that was not the appropriate response.

    Off with his head Shanny

    • 19to77 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      And you don’t have any sort of stake in seeing the ‘Hawks’ top defenseman miss time at all, I’m sure. =/

    • hrudey - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      Not that it matters one whit, but I’ve looked at it frame by frame the past minute or so and I could definitely see it being to the hands.I don’t think Keith’s hit was any worse in terms of intent than the stick to Keith’s back that Carter laid on him right in front of the referee at the start of the sequence. The difference is Keith missed and hit Carter in the head, drawing blood and earning four minutes.

  18. sanjosecupcrazy - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    If this is Raffi Torres, his career is probably over. 25 games minimum. Watch as Shanahan glosses over this without doing a thing.

  19. hawkeedawg - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    OK, what is the Dept. of Players Safety’s # 1 concern…HEAD SHOTS.
    No matter what happened any where else in the game, this was INTENTIONAL by a repeat offender. It doesn’t matter what happened before. It doesn’t matter if it was a wimpy one hand slash, that changes nothing. In was careless use of the stick directly to the head.

    Definitely a 4 minute AND A suspension from a repeat offender. Shanny, show that you have the balls to do what is right. Keith selfishly put himself before his team.

  20. ashtongronholz8 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Salmon90 you’re an idiot.. Not suspension worthy quit whining. Sick of hearing about suspensions after every little thing

    • hawkeedawg - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:07 AM

      ashton, before calling someone an idiot, what part of “Intentional Stick to Head” do you not understand???? Also repeat offender.

      You owe Salmon an apology or you are the idiot.

  21. hockeydon10 - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Being a Wings fan, I really hope the ‘Hawks lose. Especially after round 2.

    Having said that, I can’t really see anything more coming out of this. He got slashed, so he slashed back.

    The injury part is covered by the verbiage of the double-minor. The portion that talks about a match penalty says when a player attempts to or deliberately injures the opposing player.

    Carter slashed at his unprotected hand, he reacted with a slash back. As soon as he saw the results he tried to apologize. That points away from a deliberate injury situation.

    Keep in mind the refs and linesmen will also be asked for their input by Shanahan. If they feel that it wasn’t worthy of a match penalty, that will carry some weight.

  22. 1trojanlove - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    All I know, is that if it was Drew Doughty slashing/ high sticking Patrick Kane’s face! All these Blackhawks fans would not be saying no suspension! But what do I know I am just a fan?

  23. luvusa1 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Carter’s a big baby…gets a big contract in Philly and decides to give a decent effort when he feels like it…fakes an injury and bellyaches about missing his drinking buddy Richards and cries to be traded…what a travesty that this guy gets a ring..deciding to give an effort…so much for Karma…he’s a punk who was frustrated that he couldn’t use the only move he has…slap shot right side..jerk

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