I am a Hawks fan and attended the game last night. Here are my unsolicited observations:
Keith's hit was dirty. He should be suspended. I bet it's 3-5 games. His hit was worse than Doan's but he isn't a repeat offender. I am biased like most fans but Keith is not a dirty player. He lost his cool. He should and will pay for it. (That is cold comfort to Canucks fans right now but that is an unfortunate reality. We have been through the same thing with Seabrook, Havlat and Toews.)
The Canucks escalated the chippy play early. I think that's what prompted the loss of cool. Daniel Sedin's hit was dirty. He should get a game. He won't. I'm not going to fall apart like a wet-eyed drama queen about it but he was way late and went for the head. Edler's hit on Shaw was dirty in my opinion. It should at least have been a minor. I think there was a punch thrown at Kane, too. All of this preceded Keith's hit. Again, that doesn't justify a dirty hit. But you should be objective enough to: (a) recognize that the Canucks weren't lily white; and ( avoid professing surprise that things escalated. That is a pretty natural human reaction.
There are a lot of really negative and classless things said on here about the Hawks and their fans. If you go on the Hawks' message board, you will see the same sentiments expressed by Hawks fans toward the Canucks and their fans. It's unfortunate on both ends because I think both teams are classy and a lot less dirty than many others in the league. Moreover, the negative stuff tends to define the fan bases when I think the majority of the fans try to be respectful, knowlegdeable and objective.
Look at the post above yours. Keith has pulled this kind of crap before but he just hasn't been caught by the league.
As for Daniel's hit, he probably should've gotten at least a 2 min. penalty but nothing more. Daniel came in, arm tucked against his body while Keith was too busy admiring his pass and he was leaning slightly forward which was why Daniel's shoulder contacted his head. Now I'm not excusing what Daniel did but his arm was tucked against his body while Keith went hunting for Daniel's head.
Edited by WZRD, 22 March 2012 - 03:16 PM.