Will Duncan Keith Be Disciplined for Vicious Elbow to Head of Daniel Sedin?
Duncan Keith is a very physical defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks but will he receive some supplemental discipline from Brendan Shanahan for this vicious elbow on Daniel Sedin?
Sedin walked away from the play OK at first but these are the type of hits that need to be eliminated from the game. The puck is nowhere near Sedin due to the fact it took a fluke bounce off the boards, but Keith targets Sedin's head and lays into him with his elbow.
Sedin would later leave the game. Let's see what some of the media has had to say about the play:
Word is Daniel Sedin not returning to game tonight vs Chicago.Looks like the Duncan Keith tab could be increasing.Hit/elbow made no sense.
— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) March 22, 2012
Just saw the Duncan Keith-Daniel Sedin hit. In a serious league, 10 games. Senseless, dangerous.
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) March 22, 2012
Taking a look at the rulebook, it is clear that Keith broke rule 48.1 and should be hearing from Brendan Shanahan.
48.1 Illegal Check to the Head—A hit resulting in contact with an opponent's head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted. However, in determining whether such a hit should have been permitted, the circumstances of the hit, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the hit or the head contact on an otherwise legal body check was avoidable, can be considered.
48.2 Minor Penalty—For violation of this rule, a minor penalty shall be assessed.
The principle point of contact in this case was the head and it came without Sedin having possession of the puck.
Considering the fact that the head was targeted and Sedin was injured on the play, it is likely Keith could face a one to three game suspension without pay.
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