Earlier this week, Duncan Keith slashed Charlie Coyle in the face and it obviously brought him to the attention of the NHL.
Yesterday, Keith was officially given a suspension of six games for it. There’s no surprise he would have at least missed the rest of the regular season, and he’s even going to miss the Blackhawk’s first playoff game.
His history of retaliating with high-sticking came into account, as it should have. He’s a great hockey player and a good guy; he just needs to have some sand put into his stick so he’s forced to learn how to keep it down.
This and his previous slash against the Kings’ Jeff Carter were blatant swings, so either he goes with the sand idea or just doesn’t hold a stick until he learns his lesson. Sort of like a time-out, maybe.
Totally up to him.
As I said before, the Blackhawks are going to have a more difficult time on the defensive end. They’re going to win without a doubt given how the Hawks GM is almost (almost) as good at putting a team together as Bill Belichick.
Overall: it doesn’t really hurt his team as much as some may think. They’re in the playoffs no matter what may happen.