Duncan Keith Suspension: Chicago's Top Defenseman Will Serve 5 Game Suspension

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was suspended five games for a hit on Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin during Wednesday night's 2-1 'Hawks victory at the United Center. The ruling came down from league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, who offered

"Regardless of Keith's assertion that the intent on this play was to impede Sedin's progress as opposed to a retaliation for an earlier hit, Keith's hit was still dangerous, reckless and caused injury," Shanahan explained. "We've also taken into consideration Keith's supplemental discipline record, which includes no suspensions and one fine over nearly seven NHL seasons."

Keith and Sedin traded elbows to the head on Wednesday, and Keith's blow knocked Sedin out of the game and may have given him a concussion. Keith will $150,000 in salary in addition to the suspension.

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