Sedin, was not penalized for this hit, even though hits to the head are illegal in the NHL. Clearly, this is what we have come to see from the Vancouver Canucks over the past couple of years, classless and thuggery on the ice. I would go as far to say that this classlessness prevented them from beating the Boston Bruins last year in the Stanley Cup finals. So, what you have here is the prequel to this hit from Keith on Sedin.
Clearly, Keith hits him in a similar fashion to the way that he was hit earlier in the period. The league, and its suspender Brendan Shanahan (a former Detroit Red Wong) deemed that Keith should be suspended for 5 games. Child Please! Sedin did the same thing! He deserves a concussion, period, end of statement, if you are not going to suspend him. How can there be no consistency in the rules of the NHL suspender Brendan Shanahan? Simple, he is a Red Wong and is playing politics.
Shanahan on the Duncan Keith's hit:
"Regardless of Keith's assertion that the intent on this play was to impede Sedin's progress, as opposed to a retaliation for an earlier hit, Keith's hit was still dangerous, reckless and caused injury."
And Mr. Shanahan, you do not think that Sedin's hit on Keith was not dangerous? Of course not, because Sedin does not play for the Black Hawks. I really do not understand how you can let one hit go, and not realize that during the course of the rest of the game that there will be a retaliation. I am pretty sure that most people in America would subscribe to the idea that if some punches you, you are going to punch them back.
This has always been my growing pet peeve in sports that one player is getting suspend for a play and then another player is getting off the hook for the same play. For example, let's bring up the Tom Brady rule when it applies to touching a QB, pretty much, below the waist; in 2005 Carson Palmer was hit by a Steeler's player, his ACL was blown out, and nothing happened, no flag, no penalty, and no suspension. Fast forward to the very next year, when Tom Brady gets hit in the same manner, there were flags all over the field and the NFL made a new rule to protect quarterbacks. It's just not fair.
So getting back to Mr. Shanahan aka Mr. Red Wong, and his unjustly punishment of Duncan Keith mainly because Duncan Keith has Chief Black Hawk on his sweater and not a tire and a feather. I would bet my life if this happened to a Red Wongs and a Pengoon player, the scenario would have played out much differently. Oh well, now Duncan Keith will get a little extra rest before the playoffs.