Controversy reared itself Tuesday, as the L.A. Kings took on the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of their Western Conference final.
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith
slashed Kings’ forward Jeff Carter in the face in the second period of what turned out to be a 3-1 win for L.A. on home ice. Keith was assessed a double-minor for high-sticking, but this incident has sparked debate about whether the speedy blue liner should be looking at supplementary discipline.
Dan Rosen of NHL.com, the league’s Department of Player Safety is looking into the incident, which occurred in the neutral zone, as the Keith and Carter were skating up ice.
Carter slashed Keith on the hand as Keith was trying to pick his glove up off the ice. Keith retaliated by whacking Carter in the face with a one-handed slash.
“Just a little scuffle. It was an accident. I was glad to see that he came back,” said Keith following the game,
as per a tweet from Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago.
“It was accidental. I wanted to give him a tap but not where I got him. I felt bad,” he added,
as per Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.
Carter did not speak to the media after the game, as he was getting dental work, according to Rosen.
“I didn’t think it was a four-minute penalty. Thought it was a wrong call,” Kings’ head coach Darryl Sutter told reporters.
“Retaliation. That’s three head injuries now in the playoffs for us. I don’t know how to answer it. It’s retaliation with a stick. It’s not a high stick. Whatever they want to call it, they’ll call it. Don’t even need video.”
This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.
Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)
Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old
Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman
Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.
Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old
Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.
Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old
For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s
Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.
Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?
Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.
O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “
Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.
The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.
He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though
he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.