Duncan Keith suited up for just 2:14 of the first period on Saturday night against the Calgary Flames.
By 2:15, the veteran Chicago Blackhawks defenseman was in the showers after an ugly boarding major on Flames forward Dillion Dube.
The hit, which you can see below, is sure to be the first thing on the docket for the NHL Department of Player Safety department come Sunday morning.
Keith followed Dube down behind the net, committed to the hit and couldn’t do much about it once Dube tried to turn back toward him.
Here’s the tape:
Dube’s face appeared to be in shambles after he got up. Dube held a towel over his nose, while blood had made its way onto his visor.
To Keith’s credit, he immediately checked on Dube but the damage was already done. The hit didn’t appear to be predatory, but it’s the type of hit that the NHL wants to be eliminated from the game. On top of that, Dube was injured in some fashion on the play and didn’t return to the game due to precautionary reasons.
Oh, and Keith has a history. His most recent suspension came in 2016 for this nasty bit of business.
The Flames were able to score on the ensuing penalty as Sean Monahan scored his seventh of the season.