Duncan Keith (Bill Smith/Getty Images)
Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith is one of the NHL's best all-around blueliners, and he showed why in Game 6 against Anaheim Wednesday, making a brilliant pass to Marian Hossa for Chicago's second goal – and assisting on all three of the Blackhawks' first three markers.
Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith is as solid as NHL defensemen come these days – not just in the Blackhawks' defensive zone, but in the opposition's end as well. And the veteran provided more evidence in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday with a brilliant pass to Hawks winger Marian Hossa for the second goal of the game.
Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad put Chicago on the scoreboard first at 8:23 of the second period, and a little more than two minutes after that, Keith took the puck from teammate Brad Richards, held it patiently, then slid a quick pass over to Hossa, who calmly scored his third of the playoffs to double the home team's lead:
The assist was Keith's 12th of the post-season and second of the night – and he followed that up with another helper on Patrick Kane's goal less than two minutes later. That give him an assist on all three of Chicago's markers through 40 minutes of play and his 16th point in as many playoff games. If you wondered why he continues to be nominated for and winning Norris Trophies, wonder no further. (And really, you shouldn't have been wondering to begin with.)