It never takes long for the Blackhawks' rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks to get going. On Wednesday, it was Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith elbowing Canucks forward Daniel Sedin in the head in the first period.
Here's the video:
Similar plays have resulted in suspensions for players. Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan was suspended Wednesday for elbowing Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn in the face on Tuesday. Keith, though, doesn't have the suspension history that Doan has.
Keith's actions came not long after Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler checked rookie forward Andrew Shaw hard into the glass. It also came after Sedin hit Keith in his head earlier in the game with his shoulder along the boards.
Here's a video of Sedin's hit on Keith:
Keith received two minutes for elbowing Sedin, which came at 13:36 in the first. Sedin left the ice, holding his wrist. Sedin took one more shift in the period, coming on for the ensuing power play, but he didn't return after that.
UPDATE: Daniel Sedin is reportedly out indefinitely with a concussion suffered when Duncan Keith hit him in the head with his elbow.
Keith said after the game he didn't know if Sedin landed a hard, high check on him prior to his elbow.
"No. I don't think so," Keith said. "I think on that play - and I haven't seen the replay so it's tough for me to comment too much on it - but I'm not trying to hurt anybody. I hope he's OK. He's one of their best players so he needs to be on the ice.
"The puck was up in the air from what I remember and I'm trying to close my gap and have a good gap on him. Right at the last second, he moves forward. I don't know where the puck is. It's fast. Like I said, I hope he's OK. I need to see the replay. I need to see it again."
Does Keith think a suspension is looming for him?
"I can't comment on those things," Keith said. "I'm out there playing my game. Like I said, I'm not trying to hurt anybody. It's a fast game."
Cancuks center Henrik Sedin was livid after the game. He insinuated that Keith said he's get his brother Daniel, who will be re-evalauted on Thursday, back for his hit.
"Everything was all right until you get hits like that," Henrik Sedin said. "Again, it's not part of hockey and it's too bad it comes from a guy that's supposed to be a tough player that plays hard. It shouldn't be a part of the game, especially when you hear comments, too, from him before it happened from guys and then they do it. That's too bad."
Did it surprise him that the elbow came from Keith?
"Yeah, a little bit. A little bit," Henrik Sedin said. "I've got a lot of respect for a lot of guys on their team. There's been things said from their room before, but not from him. He's always been good, but I don't know if it was too [many] emotions playing against us or what it was. Again, it's too bad. I had a lot of respect for him."