Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith named Norris finalist

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A day after leading the Chicago Blackhawks into the second round of the playoffs, Duncan Keith was named a finalist for the Norris Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s top defenseman.

Keith, who won the Norris in 2010, had one of his finest regular seasons and has raised the level of his game another notch during the playoffs. During the Hawks’ 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 on Sunday, Keith had a goal and three assists and was named the game’s “First Star.”

“I’ve been around here six years with ‘Duncs’ and that might have been the best game I’ve seen him play,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Not just looking at his point production, (but) his quickness (and) his patience. He defended well, his gap. He did everything well.”

On Monday, Keith was named one of three finalists for the Norris, along with the Boston Bruins’ Zdeno Chara and Nashville Predators’ Shea Weber. The award is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

During the 2013-14 regular season, Keith led all defensemen with 55 assists, which matched his career high set in 2009-10.

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