Blackhawks' Keith ejected for violent stick-swinging incident

Duncan Keith will likely be hearing from the NHL's Department of Player Safety after this one.

The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman received a match penalty for intending to injure after swinging his stick at Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle's face.

With Brent Seabrook sidelined due to illness, Keith's ejection marked a first for the Blackhawks.

Coyle left to receive medical attention but was able to return later in the opening period.

A match penalty, if not rescinded by the NHL, carries an automatic one-game suspension, meaning Keith would be ruled out of Friday's game against Winnipeg. Based on his track record, however, it could very well be longer.

Keith was suspended one game back in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs for a similar incident involving Los Angeles' Jeff Carter.

Blackhawks' Keith ejected for violent stick-swinging incident
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