Published on Mar 22, 2012
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CHICAGO -- The war of words between the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks ratcheted up another notch on Wednesday night at the United Center, but what was left unsaid about Daniel Sedin might be most important.
Sedin, who was knocked out of Chicago's 2-1 overtime victory late in the first period by an elbow by Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, was unavailable for comment and his status for Thursday's game in Dallas was unknown.
"He will be re-evaluated [Thursday]," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "He was taken out of the game obviously. Everybody saw the head shot there, so re-evaluate [Thursday] and I'll know more from there."
What did Vigneault think of the hit, which earned Keith an elbowing minor?
"Deliberate, principal point of contact, everything you're trying to take out of the game," he said. "I expected a major, and I got a minor -- so we'll let the League deal with it. You saw the hit, you didn't see a puck near the hit. ... the League will do what they have to do."
Twin brother Henrik said that after Daniel Sedin hit Keith earlier in the first period, the Hawks defenseman insinuated that he would get retribution at some point.
"It shouldn't be a part of the game, especially when you hear comments, too, from him, before it happened ... and then they do it," Henrik said. "That's too bad."
Henrik was asked if he was surprised that Keith, the 2010 Norris Trophy winner and a player who has never been suspended, was in the middle of the controversy.
"Yeah, a little bit," Henrik, the Canucks captain, told NHL.com. "I got a lot of respect for a lot of guys on their team. There's been things said from their room before, but not from him. He's always been good, but I don't know if it was too [many] emotions playing against us or what it was. Again, it's too bad. I had a lot of respect for him."
DALLAS -- After taking an elbow to the head during an overtime loss at Chicago on Wednesday night, Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin is ruled out for Thursday's game at Dallas.
Daniel Sedin, who has 67 points, sustained an apparent head injury early in the first period Wednesday after Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith delivered an elbow to his head. Keith received an elbowing minor on the play.
Sedin travelled with the team to Texas, but was scheduled to fly back to Vancouver on Thursday afternoon for further evaluation.
"(Sedin is) such a key part to our team," Schneider said. "We're all hoping for the best. I don't think anyone really knows the extent of it or what he's feeling. But it's tough to see a guy go down with a really unnecessary play like that," Schneider said. "Stuff happens throughout the game and guys are going to get hurt throughout the course of a game, but to see something like that where it's just really unnecessary, it's just really going to hurt our team."