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Blackhawks' Duncan Keith calls slash to Jeff Carter's head an 'accident'

Do you remember the small fire that Keith ignited when he was accused of insulting a female reporter late in April? Well, Keith has courted controversy again after his slash to the head of Kings forward Jeff Carter on Tuesday. The NHL is reviewing the play to see if a suspension is warranted.

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  1. Below, Los Angeles Kings' Jeff Carter falls to the ice after getting whacked in the face with the stick of the Chicago Blackhawks' Duncan Keith during second-period action in Game 3 of NHL Western Conference Finals at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Robert Gauthier/MCT)
  2. Below is a Vine video showing Keith picking up his glove and delivering a one-handed chop to Carter's face.

    Keith called the stick play an accident, although he said he felt bad about it. 

    Kings coach Darryl Sutter said Carter should have received more than a double minor, calling it "retaliation."

    Carter had initiated the confrontation by taking a short hack at Keith's hand while the defenceman was bending down to pick up his glove.
  3. Here is a fuller video of the incident on YouTube with replay and commentary by the TSN crew. It shows Carter interfering with Keith as the Chicago player bent down to pick up his glove. Then Keith reacts with his slash to the face.
  4. Duncan Keith slashes Jeff Carter in the face . May 4, 2013
  5. QUOTES FROM KEITH: "Obviously, I wanted to give him a tap, but not where it got him," Keith said. "I feel bad. I'm glad to see that he came back. It was an accident."
  6. Here's how people on Twitter assessed the play. Some, like the Star's Damien Cox, didn't think it was a big deal.
  7. On the earlier controversy in April when Keith was accused of dissing a female reporter, the Star's Cathal Kelly wrote that the controversy wasn't about sexism as many had suggested.

    "It isn’t. It isn’t even close," Kelly wrote. "It’s bad manners and poor form."
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