It takes more than a puck in the face to keep Duncan Keith off the ice for the Chicago Blackhawks — even when he loses seven teeth.
Chicago’s top defenseman was hit by a puck off the stick San Jose’s Patrick Marleau during the second period of Sunday’s 4-2 victory over the Sharks that clinched the Western Conference title and a trip to the Stanley Cup finals.
Keith returned to the game and finished with a game-high 29 minutes, two seconds of ice time. He lost four bottom teeth and three more on top.
Keith was able to return after getting some injections in his mouth to numb the pain and even got an assist on Dave Bolland’s game-tying goal in the second.