NHL suspends Duncan Keith one game for slash

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The NHL decided to hand Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith a one-game suspension for his slash on Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter. Brendan Shanahan shares the league’s reasoning:

Shanahan says the high-sticking infraction isn’t accidental or defensive, calling the move “retaliatory.”

The play initially resulted in a double-minor penalty for high-sticking.

Carter reportedly needed about 20 stitches to close up the wound and damaged some teeth from that high-sticking infraction. Keith, 29, tried to apologize to Carter, 28, according to USA Today.

This isn’t the first time the Blackhawks defenseman has gotten in trouble with the league. Keith received a five-game suspension for elbowing Daniel Sedin in March 2012.

Carter admitted that taking Keith out of Chicago’s lineup represents a “huge loss” for the Blackhawks.

Here’s a screen shot of the incident:

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SBNation also captured the moment in GIF form:

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