Blackhawks’ Keith suspended for Game 4

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Duncan Keith joined his teammates on the ice for a brief but spirited practice at Staples Center on Wednesday, then offered a brief but less than spirited debriefing on his hearing with the NHL’s discipline czars earlier in the day.

Once again, Keith maintained his Game 3 high-stick on the Kings’ Jeff Carter was an accident. And accidents do happen.

Evidently, so do repercussions for flinging a hockey stick into another guy’s mouth. The NHL suspended Keith for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, rejecting the notion that the infraction was inadvertent and thus ejecting the Hawks’ top defenseman from a pivotal matchup in the series.

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Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith at practice in Los Angeles on Wednesday. (Scott Strazzante / Chicago Tribune)