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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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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.

Duncan Keith D CHI 5 Months

Duncan Keith scored in Chicago's 4-3 overtime loss to St. Louis on Saturday afternoon.

The Blackhawks' defense corps has accounted for five of the team's six goals in the series so far. Brent Seabrook concluded the match with a goal and a helper, while Michal Rozsival had other Chicago tally in the loss. The Hawks got some contributions from their forward group with winger Brandon Saad assisting on two goals in the contest.

Duncan Keith D CHI 5 Months

Duncan Keith was on the ice for an unbelievable 40:59 Thursday night.

That's understandable if you are the best defenseman on a team that has just participated in a triple overtime. If this series produces many more close games that go into extra time like Game 1, players like Keith and Alex Pietrangelo will be all worn out by the end of the first round.

Duncan Keith D CHI 5 Months

Look for Duncan Keith to play Saturday night against Nashville.

He sat out Friday's game against Washington to rest up for the playoffs but looks as if he wants to dress tonight to warm up for the playoffs. Activate him immediately.

Duncan Keith D CHI 5 Months

Duncan Keith isn't taking part in the Chicago Blackhawks' pregame warmup Friday night.

It looks like Keith will be a healthy scratch as Chicago gets ready for the playoffs. He has six goals and 61 points in 79 games this season.