The issue of supplemental discipline has been raised again in the Western Conference Finals, with Duncan Keith’s knee-jerk response to a post-jostle slash from Jeff Carter being a one-handed swat with his stick to the Kings forward’s face.
Here’s an update from NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen:
If any supplemental discipline for Keith, it won’t be decided on until Wed. morning. Shanahan will use time b/c Game 4 not ’til Thurs.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) June 5, 2013
And some reaction from TSN insider Bob McKenzie:
My reaction was it won’t likely lead to suspension but if he gets dinged a game, Keith has no one to blame but himself for being careless.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 5, 2013
Keep in mind Keith was suspended for five games in March, 2012 for the elbow on Daniel Sedin that caused an injury and removed the Vancouver forward from the Kings-Canucks first round series for the first three games. That incident could have an effect on the severity of any judgment handed down by the NHL Department of Player Safety.
The players’ and coaches’ responses:
“Obviously it was a dirty play, but I’m not sure that Keith meant to do it that hard. Looked like he wanted to go make sure he was okay after. I think it was more of an instinct thing. But I don’t think it was a malicious intent, no.”
“I just saw it on the replay. It’s certainly a play you don’t want to see, but I think if he really wanted to whack him, he probably could’ve taken two hands and done something else. That’s the ref’s call. It’s not mine.”
“I didn’t think it was a four-minute penalty. Thought it was a wrong call.
“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.”
“Yeah it was accidental. Obviously I wanted to give him a tap but not where I got him. I felt bad. I’m glad to see that he came back. It was just a scuffle. It was an accident.
“I have no idea [if the league will take a look]. I said it was an accident.”
“Well, you know, we took five penalties tonight, probably four too many. We have to be smarter in that area. You get the building rocking with them having momentum, having chances around our net. But you have to stay out of the box. [Reporter: Did you think it was worth four minutes?] Four minutes is a high stick with a cut.”