Duncan Keith Suspended Five Games For Hit On Daniel Sedin

Mar 21, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) is escorted off the ice after a penalty during the second period against the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

Duncan Keith has been suspended for five games without pay after his elbow to the head of Daniel Sedin on Wednesday.

Duncan Keith was always going to get suspended for his elbow to the head of Daniel Sedin. When it happened on Wednesday night, it was instantly obvious that Keith was going to end up missing game time and a lot of money because of the hit on the Vancouver Canucks' leading scorer, which has left him with a concussion. On Friday, Brendan Shanahan and the NHL Department of Player Safety handed down the verdict. The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman has been suspended for five games without pay.

As is the case with most concussions, Sedin is currently out indefinitely and there's no way to tell when he's going to return to the ice. Keith should probably feel lucky that he's going to return to the ice before the regular season ends, though the suspension is going to cost him nearly $150,000.

For more on the two teams, head over to Chicago Blackhawks blog Second City Hockey and Vancouver Canucks blog Nucks Misconduct.

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