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Hawks' Keith says he wasn't out to hurt Sedin

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  • Vancouver Canucks right wing Alex Burrows hits Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith in the face as Patrick Sharp tries to break them apart Wednesday during the second period.

      Vancouver Canucks right wing Alex Burrows hits Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith in the face as Patrick Sharp tries to break them apart Wednesday during the second period.
    Associated Press

 

Duncan Keith's elbow to the head of Vancouver's Daniel Sedin in the first period only cost him two minutes in the penalty box.

He's hoping that after the league takes a look at the hit, which they most likely will, there won't be any further punishment.

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"I can't comment on those things, I'm just out there playing my game," Keith said. "I hope he's OK; he's one of their best players.

"The puck was up in the air, from what I remember, and I was trying to close my gap and right at the last second … he moves forward.

"I'm not trying to hurt anybody."

Sedin played just one more shift after the collision.

"Everybody saw the head shot there," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said "Deliberate, principal point of contact, everything you're trying to take out of the game. I expected a major, and I got a minor, so we'll let the league deal with it.

Toews out again:

It was Jonathan Toews bobblehead night Wednesday, but the man of honor was out of the lineup for the 15th straight game.

But it wasn't all bad news because for the second consecutive day the Hawks captain skated, as did Steve Montador, also out with a concussion.

"Hopefully you get consecutive days and you just keep on pressing -- get a little more every day -- that's kind of where we're at," coach Joel Quenneville said.

Hoping history repeats:

You can tell Joel Quenneville's confidence in Corey Crawford is growing just by the fact that Crawford was in goal for the second consecutive night.

"We don't usually do that during the course of a season," Quenneville said. "The fact that we're coming back to him is a good sign for him to get some confidence going that we're relying on him at an important time of the year."

Crawford repaid his coach by stopping 23 of the 24 shots.

Tip-ins:

Marcus Kruger did not return to the game after the first period, when he suffered an upper-body injury. Jamal Mayers (sick) was scratched and replaced by Brendan Morrison, who last saw action Feb. 26 at Anaheim.

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