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Duncan Keith suspended 5 games for elbowing Daniel Sedin

03/23/2012 12:25 EDT | Updated 05/23/2012 05:12 EDT

The NHL suspended Chicago defenceman Daniel Sedin for five games on Friday for his elbow to the head of Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin.

Keith lunged at Sedin in the neutral zone 13:36 into the first period of Chicago's 2-1 overtime win Wednesday, striking the Swede in the head when he didn't have the puck.

Keith was assessed a two-minute penalty on the play. Sedin, last season's NHL scoring leader, returned for one shift on the power play before leaving the game. He did not suit up for the Canucks' 2-1 win in Dallas on Thursday and is out indefinitely.

Sedin returned to Vancouver on Thursday to be examined and treated for the head injury.Sedin missed his team's victory that night over the Dallas Stars, and will remain in Vancouver while the Canucks travel to Colorado to take on the Avalanche on Saturday.

There is no word yet on when Sedin will return to play, and the team says an update on his condition is not expected today.

Keith waived his right to an in-person and instead learned his fate over the phone.

Chicago has eight games remaining on their schedule. Keith will be eligible to return April 1 at home against Minnesota.

Keith also forfeits just under $150,000 US in salary.

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