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Carter: Keith suspension would be ‘huge loss’ for Chicago

Jun 5, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

Jeff Carter wasn’t saying much in the wake of yesterday’s Duncan Keith high-stick, but did acknowledge how significant a suspension would hurt the Blackhawks.

“If he does get suspended, it’s a huge loss for their team,” the Kings forward said on Wednesday. “He’s a big part of their team. But there’s nothing we can do about it.”

Carter said he sustained some free dental work (one chipped tooth, two cracked) and approximately 20 stitches in his chin thanks to Keith’s stick-work during a 3-1 Kings win on Tuesday:

The ‘Hawks defenseman was given a high-sticking double minor for the incident, and finished his disciplinary hearing with the NHL — conducted via telephone —  around 2pm ET.

Keith has a history of supplementary discipline. The 29-year-old was suspended five games last March for an elbow to the head of Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin.

“It was accidental,” Keith said of his high stick on Carter. “I wanted to give him a tap but not where I got him. I felt bad.”

Keith also apologized to Carter following the chop, but it doesn’t sound as though Carter was too keen on hearing it.

“It is what it is,” Carter said. “It’s over with. We’ve got a big game — I’m not too worried about the incident.”

  1. nightfireop - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    as a kings fan:
    at least keith apologized, accidents do happen.

    • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      lol not with Brown..hes a punk pos that is going to end someones career eventually with his dirty play…i almost hope they have to face Boston in the id love to see him try that crap against the Bruins..Ference, Thornton, either one would make a mess of his face..of course, i personally hope he would try some of that dirty crap on Lucic..hed re arrange Browns face nicely

      ps before you try and defend him, i reference his high stick last night, the blatant knee on knee hit in the Blues series, and a host of other dirty plays..

    • pudgalvin - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      I think it’ll be interesting to see what factor the remorse plays in it. I can’t think of too many times after these bad shots that a player was terribly apologetic. I think you can make the argument both ways. I’m a Hawks fan but I would completely understand if they suspended him.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      Hmm! Accident….. that’s arguable. reckless… definitely. 1 game suspension for recklessly swinging his stick and for hitting an opponent in the face.

      • no - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        by this criteria, 99% of players would be committing suspendable offenses each season

        at least my trolling isn’t blatantly idiotic.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        Really! You see a lot of players deliberately taking a swing and connecting in the face? I guess we haven’t been watching the same games.

  2. jeffchadwick - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    2013 has not been a great season for Jeff Carter’s teeth. By my count, he’s lost, chipped, or cracked five teeth since April.

  3. kingsforever - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I hope he’s suspended just because the Hawks hate Brown because he plays with heart.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      Heart. Hilarious.

    • 19to77 - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      That’s not his heart. That’s his elbow. You know, the thing he leads every hit with.

  4. kingsfan68 - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    to the guy who said brown is a pos, just because he has skill and plays with an edge doesn’t make him a dirty player

  5. amityvillefun - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

    He did apologize, which showed an iota of class. Maybe they will suspend him one less game for being nice about his reckless hacking and high sticking. It should merit a suspension though. No way should a stick be up that high. A little self discipline and control seems to be in order.

  6. kingcobraman - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    with the update of the injury I see at least 1 game if not more…

  7. ashtongronholz8 - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    If the argument is using the stick as a weapon then carter deserves a suspension as well. Stupid play by both players but really hope they don’t start suspending people for every little thing

  8. frozenmona68 - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Are you all forgetting that it was after the play was over. Hadn’t the whistle been blown? I’m not totally sure because I had to watch the game with no sound! I know sucks to be me, but it sure looked as though the play had stopped and he came up from behind and layer one on Carter. I realize they had a little scuffle at the net, but it looked like a retaliation to me. Before you beat me up too bad, remember I HAD NO SOUND….

    • cfos00 - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      The play hadn’t been stopped. The puck was on the other end of the ice, but was still in play when it happened. It also wasn’t a little scuffle. It was Keith getting hacked on a hand that was out of his glove with a slash while trying to knock the glove on the ground further away from Keith. The ref calls that penalty and this never happens.

  9. stevepopp55 - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    If they review the tapes, they should then see Carter chop at Keith’s bare hand as he was reaching for his glove..and the high stick to the face of Keith earlier in the period..Love the NHL Discipline Board!!

  10. broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Carts is over it. Why can’t the NHL and the posters here do the same?

    • manchestermiracle - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Just a wild guess on my part, but because Carter has a life?

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