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Keith will respect any decision NHL makes on hit

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Keith will respect any decision NHL makes on hit

Duncan Keith didnt want to talk much about what happened on Wednesday night, be it the high hit he put on Daniel Sedin put on him or vice-versa. Right now, hell just wait for the NHL to decide his fate.

Keith had his phone hearing with Brendan Shanahan this afternoon and said hell respect any decision the NHL makes regarding his elbow to Sedins head in the Blackhawks 2-1 overtime victory over Vancouver. It was another heated game in a rivalry thats had many, and the Blackhawks may have to prepare for a few games without their top defenseman.

Well see what happens, Keith said after Fridays practice. The NHL will make a decision, I respect all the decisions they make and well see from talking to them what happens.

TSN reported that the NHLPA and Keith agreed to waive Keiths right to an in-person hearing. The NHL requested that late Thursday night; his hearing had been set to be via phone earlier in the day. Hearing by phone means a suspension is five or fewer games while an in-person hearing could lead to six or more games.

Daniel Sedin hit Keith high in the first period on Wednesday night before Keith retaliated with an elbow to Sedins head. Asked about that first hit on Friday, Keith said, Im not going to get into everything about whats happened.

Coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks will accept the leagues decision.

Well see how that plays out. Weve got a lot of respect for the way (the league) handles things, so well see what happens, said Quenneville of Keith, who has no previous suspensionsfines in the league. (Keiths) never done it before, theres no history there. Whether its the play or the emotions or the rivalry, a lot goes into it. Thats where its at.

Yes, there were a lot of emotions in that game, as there always is when the Blackhawks and Canucks meet. Corey Crawford said heading into that game that the Blackhawks had to be careful about getting too engaged in the Canucks style of play. Quenneville said Friday that being smart has to come first.

Every game weve seen, whether playoff game or a regular-season game, you have to control your emotions and make sure you think, he said. There are certain switches, youre just reactionary and in the moment of the game, theres just a reactionary move. Thats something well always focus on moving forward, whether its Vancouver or anybody. We need to be smart.

Thats for future games. For now, Keith and the Blackhawks will just have to wait and see what the NHL says.

I think Im a pretty stand-up player out on the ice, Keith said. Well see what happens.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.

At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.

Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.

Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?

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