NEW YORK — Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith was suspended for Thursday's Game 4 of the Western Conference final for high-sticking Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter in the face in Game 3 Tuesday.
"This is more serious than a case of a player simply having to be responsible for his stick," NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan said in announcing the suspension 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."
Keith played a team-high 26:47 in the Game 3 loss that cut Chicago’s series lead to 2-1.
The 29-year-old — called "a repeat offender" by Shanahan — won’t be available for Thursday’s game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, forcing coach Joel Quenneville to make a change.
Asked earlier Wednesday what he would do if Keith were suspended, Quenneville didn’t want to go there.
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