As Vancouver Canucks fans nervously await a diagnosis on Daniel Sedin, post-Duncan Keith elbow, they got a small measure of good news Thursday night.
All the talk in Vancouver over the past 48 hours has been reaction to Chicago Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith, and his calculated, head-targeting blind side elbow to Daniel Sedin. TSN’s Bob McKenzie has followed the situation closely, and his tweets initially indicated that Keith would have a phone-in hearing, which would indicated Keith would receive 5 games or less as a punishment. But subsequent tweets say that the league now wants to have an in-person hearing, meaning the suspension could be 6 games or more. At this stage, it is unknown if Keith will waive his right to an in-person hearing, but the league’s intentions should be known later this morning.
Meanwhile, reaction to the incident from head coach Alain Vigneault highlighted the teams’ frustration with the illegal hit.
I expected a major, and I got a minor, so we’ll let the league deal with it. You saw the hit, you didn’t see a puck near the hit, you guys make the judgement call on that and the league will do what they have to do. Everybody saw the headshot there, so (Sedin will be) re-evaluated tomorrow and I’ll know more from there. [It was] deliberate, principal point of contact, everything you’re trying to take out of the game.
Duncan Keith’s actions were in stark contrast with a statement he made post-game, which left many fans angered. “I’m not trying to hurt anybody. I hope he’s OK. He’s one of their best players. He needs to be on the ice.” Thursday, Henrik Sedin gave the media an update on Daniel’s status. “He has symptoms, a little bit of a headache, which comes with a hit like that,” Henrik divulged.
So while the Blackhawks try to knock out Vancouver Canucks’ stars, the Canucks themselves managed to knock off the Dallas Stars Thursday with a 2-1 victory. Cory Schneider was the story of the game, though he probably added a little bit of drama to the affair himself. With the Canucks leading 2-0 in the third period, he went behind the net to play the puck, and attempted to make a pass. He fanned on it, and Vernon Fiddler took the gift and scored, making it a one-goal game. Schneider talked about that, as well as the second period penalty shot from Mike Ribeiro.
I felt pretty good playing the puck until that last one. It was tough to put my team in that position but we didn’t crack… I wasn’t real sure what (Ribeiro) was going to do with it, but he got it pretty tight. I don’t know if he was trying to go past my blocker or through my arm, but I was able to stay with it and make the save.
The Canucks will wrap up their current 4-game road trip in Colorado on Saturday when they visit the Avalanche. Colorado currently sit in 9th place in the Western conference, tied with the Stars in points (85), but have played two more games. The Avalanche allowed the Phoenix Coyotes to take over seventh spot following their 3-2 defeat Thursday in Arizona.