The Player Safety group reviews anything that’s even remotely borderline. That doesn’t necessarily mean a hearing will come out of it. We should know more on Wednesday.
Keith received a four-minute high-sticking penalty on the play 7:58 into the second period, cutting Carter open for stitches to the face. Earlier on the same play, Carter also appeared to slash Keith near or on his bare hand with his glove having fallen of.
Keith said the play was accidental, and it was clear he tried to apologize after he got Carter in the face.
“I wanted to give him a tap, but not where I got him,” Keith said. “I’m glad to see that he came back.”
Kings coach Darryl Sutter felt the four-minute penalty wasn’t enough, hinting that a match penalty would have been more appropriate.
“I didn't think it was a four-minute penalty. Thought it was a wrong call,” Sutter said.
“Retaliation,” he added. "That's three head injuries now in the playoffs for us. I don't know how to answer it. It's retaliation with a stick. It's not a high stick. Whatever they want to call it, they'll call it. Don't even need video.”
Those comments were echoed by Kings captain Dustin Brown.
“Not a normal high-stick I don’t think,” Brown said. “I asked the ref. He only had one hand on his stick, but it’s one of those things where it’s not a four-minute [penalty] in the course of a play where you lift a stick or get a stick up on a guy. Probably Keith was a little frustrated and swung his stick and hit Carts in the face.”