Duncan Keith's Suspension Could Prove Costly for Chicago Blackhawks

No matter how bad the initial infraction is, the punishment always goes to the guy who retaliates and that was the case with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. After getting his hand short hacked by Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, Keith caught Carter on the face with a high stick that cost him a suspension from Game 4.

Now to Keith’s credit, Carter struck first and the retaliation was likely out of frustration in Chicago’s 3-1 loss in L.A. that cut the Hawks’ series lead to 2-1. However, Keith’s absence in Game 4 could alter the series if the Kings are able to knot things up on Thursday night before the two teams head back to the Windy City.

The Blackhawks looked unstoppable after coming back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Detroit Red Wings in the Conference Semis and then taking a 2-0 lead over the Kings in the first two games in Chicago. Now the Hawks look relatively vulnerable and without Keith in the lineup, that only makes things worse.

The kicker here is Keith says the high stick was an accident, but Carter’s 20 stitches and chipped tooth suggest otherwise. What do you think? Comment below and let us know!