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Chicago Blackhawks: Duncan Keith Suspended 5 Games for Hit on Sedin

ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 6: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues knocks Duncan Keith #2 of the Chicago Blackhawks off the puck at the Scottrade Center  on March 6, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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James MaahsContributor IIIMarch 23, 2012

Duncan Keith has been suspended five games by the NHL for his elbow to the head of Daniel Sedin. This according to a tweet by Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

#Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith suspended five games for hit on Canucks' Daniel Sedin.

This ruling came after Keith met with Brendan Shanahan at 1 p.m. CT.

Shanahan said that Keith's hit was "dangerous, reckless and caused injury." He also mentioned retaliation when discussing the hit, which means that the NHL took into account Sedin's hit on Keith prior. But Shanahan also took into account that Keith has never been suspended in his seven-year career in the NHL.

ESPN's Jesse Rogers tweeted that Keith tried to explain to Shanahan that the hit was meant to impede Sedin's progress.

Keith told Shanahan he was trying to "impede" Sedin's progress and the hit was not of retaliatory...Shanahan called it dangerous and reckless.

Keith will start serving his suspension when the Blackhawks take on the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

This means that Keith would be eligible to come back on April 7 against the Minnesota Wild.

The ruling is expected to be controversial for both Blackhawks and Canucks fans, but nonetheless, Keith will be back in time for the playoffs.

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