Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will have a disciplinary hearing with NHL officials today after he high-sticked Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter on Tuesday, according to multiple reports on Twitter.
Keith looked to be retaliating against Carter when he hit Carter in the face with his stick. Keith immediately moved toward Carter, apparently to apologize, and after the game called the play "accidental." (See video of the play below).
"Obviously, I wanted to give him a tap, but not where I got him," Keith said. "I felt bad. I'm glad to see that he came back. It was just a scuffle. It was an accident.''
Keith received a double minor penalty for the play. Kings coach Darryl Sutter was unhappy with the call.
"I didn't think it was a four-minute penalty,'' Sutter said. "Thought it was a wrong call. ... It's retaliation with a stick. It's not a high stick."
Keith could face a suspension over the incident if the league rules it was severe enough.