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Duncan Keith suspended six games for swinging stick at opponent's head

Keith will miss Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL's Department of Player Safety offered their ruling on Duncan Keith's recent ejection on Friday, suspending the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman for six games.

Keith will miss the first game of Chicago's first-round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The former Norris Trophy winner was tossed from Chicago's game in Minnesota on Tuesday for swinging his stick at the head of Wild forward Charlie Coyle. Coyle had just knocked Keith to the ground, and Keith was seen taking the swipe from the ice.


Coyle was bloodied on the play but otherwise unhurt. Keith was assessed a five-minute major for high-sticking and a match penalty for intent to injure. Keith waived his right to an in-person hearing with the DoPS on Thursday in favor of a phone hearing on Friday afternoon.

Here's the full video ruling from the DoPS:

This is the third career suspension for Keith. He was suspended for five games in 2012 for an elbow to the head of Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin, and for one playoff game in 2013 for high-sticking Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter.