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Carter has 'bigger things to worry about' than Keith incident

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Kings forward Jeff Carter said he needed 21 stitches for cuts he received after Duncan Keith high-sticked him in the face in Game 3, but already was moving on.

''There are bigger things to worry about,'' Carter said Wednesday at the Kings' practice facility. ''We're in a fight here and down two games to one. I don't think that [incident] is on our minds.''

Though television replays showed him ignoring Keith's attempt to apologize, Carter indicated he heard it.

''The video [showed] that I blew him off, but if you watched, I said something back to him,'' Carter said.

Does he buy Keith's apology?

''It is what it is. It's over with,'' Carter said. ''We've got a pretty big game tomorrow to worry about. I'm not too worried about the suspension.''

Carter acknowledged that he instigated the incident by taking a whack at Keith's hand as they battled up the ice.

''We were battling in front of the net, up the ice and ... uh, I think I took a swing at his glove there when he was trying to pick it up,'' Carter said. ''I was in front of him. The next thing I knew, I was getting a stick to the face.''

He also had no opinion on whether Keith should be suspended for the incident.

''That's up to Brendan [Shanahan, the NHL's director of player safety],'' Carter said. ''Whatever he thinks he thinks, who's right is what's going to happen. Obviously if he does get suspended it's a huge loss for their team. He's a big part of their team. But there's nothing we can do about it.''

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