Duncan Keith D CHI 6 Months

The Chicago Blackhawks are understandably upbeat after closing the 3-1 series deficit against the Los Angeles Kings.

"We're excited but nothing's done yet. We understand that," Duncan Keith said . "We've given ourselves the opportunity to play in that Game 7, to have a chance to move on, and I think that's what we're excited about." Game 7 will be played Sunday night. If Chicago wins, this will be the second straight campaign they will have overcome a 3-1 series deficit. They were in that position against the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the 2013 playoffs.

Duncan Keith D CHI 6 Months

Duncan Keith registered his fourth goal of the postseason in Friday's 4-3 victory over Los Angeles in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

His third-period tally tied the game at 3-3 and the Kings' momentum when it looked like Chicago was going to be eliminated. He is currently tied for second among defensemen in goals during the 2014 playoffs; one marker behind Montreal's P.K. Subban and Los Angeles' Jake Muzzin. Keith has picked up 11 points in 18 games.

Duncan Keith D CHI 6 Months

Duncan Keith recorded a point in his third straight game, but the Hawks collapsed in the third period in a 6-2 loss to the Kings on Wednesday night.

Keith has 10 points in 14 playoff games with a +5 rating. The Blackhawks were oh so close to building a 2-0 series lead on the rival Kings in Game 2, but Chicago imploded and allowed six straight goals in the final 22 minutes to fall 6-2 and lose home ice advantage in the Western Final.

Duncan Keith D CHI 6 Months

Duncan Keith scored his third goal of the playoffs in Sunday's 3-1 win over Los Angeles to begin Round 3.

He scored the game-winning goal in the second period when his point shot was deflected off the stick of the Kings' forward Trevor Lewis. The shot took a wicked hop and went over Jonathan Quick. Keith has nine points in 13 postseason contests.

Duncan Keith D CHI 6 Months

Duncan Keith earned an assist in Tuesday's Game 6 overtime win over Minnesota.

He picked up a helper on Patrick Kane's series-clinching marker to send Chicago into the third round of the playoffs. The point was Keith's first of the series after he had two goals and five assists in six matches versus St. Louis in Round 1.

Duncan Keith D CHI 7 Months

Duncan Keith complemented the ice at Xcel Energy Center, where the Blackhawks will play Game 3 against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

"The ice is going to be a factor," Keith said. "It doesn't really get talked about, but sometimes when you go into another building and the ice is so good, it makes you feel good. You're skating a little bit faster, the puck's moving quicker, your shots come off harder and it's a good feeling." Not having to share their ice with an NBA squad is a prime reason for a better sheet. Mobile players like Keith benefit from a smoother surface, which should make for a quickly-paced game. He has seven points in eight contests during these playoffs.

Duncan Keith D CHI 7 Months

Duncan Keith is a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award.

Keith founded Keith Relief, which provides help to those dealing with medical crises. He's raised over $250,000 since 2012 for his charity and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Duncan Keith D CHI 7 Months

Duncan Keith has been named a finalist for the James Norris Memorial Trophy.

Boston's Zdeno Chara and Nashville's Shea Weber are also up for the award. Keith led all NHL defensemen with 55 assists and he ranked second with 61 points in 79 games. He also placed first on the Blackhawks in average ice time per match (24:38). Keith earned the Norris Trophy in 2009-10 and this marks his second nomination.

Duncan Keith D CHI 7 Months

Duncan Keith scored one goal and three assists to help the Chicago Blackhawks advance to the second round of the playoffs with a 5-1 Game 6 win on Sunday.

He generated seven points in a 4-2 series win against the St. Louis Blues. This is easily the second-best (if not best) season of his NHL career, as he scored 61 points and generated nice peripherals. Aside from his Norris Trophy campaign, this is the best work the star defenseman has ever generated in the league.

Duncan Keith D CHI 7 Months

Duncan Keith didn't participate in Chicago's morning skate on Wednesday.

Keith has been averaging 32:10 minutes per game in the postseason, so this was just an opportunity to give him a breather. Chicago is likely to lean heavily on Keith in the playoffs.