During Wednesday night's 4-2 loss at the Anaheim, the Chicago Blackhawks
' defense, already without the services of the injured Brian Campbell
, lost Brent Seabrook
2:22 into the second period.
Former Blackhawk James Wisniewski
hit Seabrook with a high forearm to the face, and Seabrook crumpled to the ice. A melee ensued during which Keith fought Wisniewski, but Seabrook left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville
was angry with his former defenseman.
"If you hit a guy without the puck, you can kill a guy," said Quenneville. "It's the most dangerous hit in the history of the game alright? And (Wisniewski) tried to hurt him. That's not intent?"
Quenneville didn't mince words, and offered another recent hit on one of his players as an example.
"We can argue the Ovechkin hit," Quenneville said in reference to the hit on Brian Campbell
on Sunday, the last game for Chicago before it traveled west for a trip that continues tonight at Los Angeles (10:30 ET, GameCenter LIVE). "But tonight's is a different category. It's not up to me to decide what's next, but it's the most dangerous hit in the game."
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle
didn't see things the same way.
"There's a criteria that the League follows (for discipline)," Carlyle said. "We've always taken the stance that we don't have to always agree with what the league's decision is. We have ample video, we'll watch it, analyze it and we'll plead our case if there needs to be a case pleaded."