Heading into Game 4 of the Western Conference final, the Chicago Blackhawks seemed fairly accepting of the NHL's decision to suspend defenseman Duncan Keith for one game.
His absence could prove critical with the Kings trying to tie the series at two games apiece Thursday night at Staples Center. Keith was penalized for smacking Kings forward Jeff Carter across the mouth with his stick moments after the two had tussled.
"They made a decision," Chicago winger Viktor Stalberg said of the league. "We'll respect that."
The Blackhawks pointed out that this isn't the first time they have headed into a big game without a key player. Injuries have a way of making that happen in hockey.
"You know, we were missing some part of the season some key guys and we find a way to win," winger Marian Hossa said. "It's unfortunate what happened."