Duncan Keith was thrust under the spotlight on Monday, when the NHL took note of his brilliant play as of late, naming him the League’s Third Star of the week.
Keith, age 30, posted 6 assists in the four games the Chicago Blackhawks played since last Monday, tying himself for the League lead during that time. Keith recorded two assists against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, before taking home an assist from both of the Blackhawks’ games against the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars, respectively. Keith finished it all off by tallying two more helpers in a win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. The Blackhawks won all four of their games in that time, improving to 20-4-4, the best record in the league. Keith has put up 9 assists in a 7-game point streak, and now leads all defenseman with 23 assists on the year. Adding his lone goal this season to the total, Keith is second in the NHL for defensive scoring.
Blackhawks’ Head Coach Joel Quenneville had this to say about Keith’s performance:
“[He's] playing better than he did in 2010 right now. He’s on another level”
Keith took home the Norris Trophy as the League’s top defenseman in 2010, and is currently a popular vote to win it for the second time.
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