The Los Angeles Kings captured Game 3 of their Western Conference Final series last night and were also fortunate not to lose Jeff Carter to an injury. Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith clipped Carter in the face behind the play during the second period. Keith was reaching down to pick up his glove when he became tangled with the Kings forward. He swung around one-handed and struck Carter across the face.
Keith will have a discipline hearing with the National Hockey League this afternoon to see if he will receive a suspension or fine. Carter was able to return to the game and thankfully didn’t look seriously injured. Keith apologized after the game saying it wasn’t intentional.
Even if he didn’t mean to hit him square in the face, the play was still reckless and some form of discipline is likely, but then again who knows with the NHL these days. The Blackhawks now lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 set for Thursday in Los Angeles.