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article imageDuncan Keith on game 3 high sticking: 'It was an accident'

By Jessica Geyer     Jun 5, 2013 in Sports
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith claimed his high sticking incident during game 3 of the Western Conference finals was an accident.
The incident, which caused a double minor penalty, occurred during the second period, with the Kings leading 2-0. Los Angeles Kings' forward Jeff Carter got a gash to his face and had to receive over 20 stitches.
Video of the incident shows a brief fight between Keith and Carter, causing Keith to lose his stick and his glove. Seconds later, Keith, skating behind Carter, clearly raised his stick to hit him. Carter was knocked to the ice. Because he needed medical attention, he missed the four-minute power play following the penalty as well as the post-game media availability.
During a post-game interview, Keith admitted that he had meant to “tap” Carter, but hitting him in the face was not his intention.
“It was just a little scuffle. It was an accident,” Keith said.
“I didn't think it was a four-minute penalty. I thought it was the wrong call,” said Kings' coach Darryl Sutter said after the game. “It's retaliation. That's three head injuries now in the playoffs for us.”
"There's bigger things to worry about right now," said Carter during a conference Wednesday. The Blackhawks currently lead 2-1 in the series.
Carter also admitted to swinging at Keith's glove on the ice, which might have provoked the high sticking.
The National Hockey League is currently reviewing video of the incident. He faced a disciplinary hearing at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, which may result in a suspension. As of 6 p.m. ET, there has been no word of the hearing's results.
The Blackhawks lost to the Kings 3-1. They face off again June 6.
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