Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith's body of work is reaching new heights. As if two Stanley Cups, two Norris trophies and two Olympic gold medals weren't already enough for the veteran blueliner, he added more to his list of achievements this week.
In Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the New York Rangers, Keith recorded his 500th NHL assist with the primary helper on Dominik Kubalik's second period goal that made it 1-1.
On Friday, in a 2-1 overtime win over the Nashville Predators, Keith assisted on both of Alex DeBrincat's goals to help the Hawks grab a much-needed victory after going 1-5-2 in their previous seven games and get him to 601 career NHL points.
"It’s a great feeling," Keith said following Friday's game. "Obviously just to have that feeling, we were down most of the game. We stuck with it, we stayed patient, had some big penalty kills, I was in the box for a couple.
"Huge win, nice to win like that at home, too. We’ve kind of had our struggles this year at home, it’s something we’ve talked about: having a better outcome, better atmosphere here. It was tough there for most of the game, we were down by one and found a way to get it done in overtime."
Keith became the seventh player in Hawks history to record 500+ assists and just the second defenseman to do so. Doug Wilson had 554.
Keith is the 40th defenseman in NHL history to reach 600+ points. His 601 points are good for 39th on the all-time list among defensemen, two points behind San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson.
The 36-year-old defenseman has 99 goals and 502 assists on his career.
"It feels good," Keith said of the latest milestone, reaching 600 NHL points. "It’s been a fun ride, it’s been a privilege being a part of this team, this organization. We’re treated first class, played with a lot of great teammates over the years. Patrick Kane always seems to be included in those milestones, for me anyway. Like I said, lucky to play with great players, got to get in done in a win too."
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