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article imageBlackhawks' Duncan Keith receives 1 game suspension

By Jessica Geyer     Jun 5, 2013 in Sports
Los Angeles - Chicago Blackhawks' defenceman Duncan Keith has received a one-game suspension for high sticking. He slashed Los Angeles Kings' forward Jeff Carter during game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
Five and a half hours after his disciplinary hearing, the NHL announced that Keith would be suspended due to injuring Carter and because he is a repeat offender. This is despite Keith's claims that it was an accident.
Carter received over 20 stitches, he said during an interview on Wednesday.
"It is not an accidental high stick, nor is it a defensive high stick to an opponent. This is a retaliatory high stick to an opponent that causes an injury," said the NHL announcement. Even if Keith had hit Carter's hand, which is what he said he intended to do, the incident would still have been high sticking.
This means Keith will miss tomorrow's game game against the Kings. Currently, the Blackhawks lead 2-1.
Keith is one of the Blackhawks' leading defencemen. He led the Blackhawks during game 3 with 26:47 of ice time.
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