A popular quote Don Cherry’s father used frequently say, and according to Grapes, is the reason Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith retaliated with a high stick to Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter during Game 3 of the Western Conference final.
On his latest segment of Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday night, Cherry said that, despite not condoning Keith’s action, the player was given a reason after Carter slashed him on his glove-less hand seconds before the penalty.
"That's terrible,” said Cherry referring to Carter’s move. “Kids never do that."
Keith was suspended on Wednesday for Game 4 by NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan, who called the 29-year-old a repeat offender and said the play wasn’t a simple accident, but a “retaliatory high stick to an opponent…”
Cherry made it clear there’s no excuse for Keith, but also pointed out the player had been provoked.
“I'm giving no excuses … but when a guy looks for trouble, smacking [another] guy's hand, expect it,” he said. “If you look for trouble you’re going to find it.”