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Blackhawks' Keith involved in emotional exchange with hockey reporter

(MCT) EDMONTON, Alberta — Fans in Vancouver booed Duncan Keith soundly every time he touched the puck Monday night during the Blackhawks' 3-1 loss to the Canucks.

Things didn't get much better for Keith afterward in the postgame dressing room at Rogers Arena when the defenseman took exception to a question during a media scrum and eventually asked if a Vancouver radio reporter should be "the first female referee."

After he calmly answered questions about what he summed up as "overall ... a bad game," Karen Thomson of CKST-AM 1040 asked him in an indirect way about Daniel Sedin's second-period goal when Keith had swung his stick at the winger as he scored. It was another chapter in the bitter rivalry between the teams _ and the two players. Keith drew a five-game suspension last season for elbowing Sedin to the head moments after Sedin appeared to get his elbow up on Keith during a check along the boards.

On Monday night, no penalty was called (a delayed call was made but the goal nullified it) and the Canucks went on to the win the final regular-season meeting between the teams.

A short time later, Thomson asked Keith to "talk about what happened after the Daniel Sedin goal?"

Clearly not interested in elaborating about swinging his stick, Keith deadpanned: "Well, we scored one goal after that I think and the game ended 3-1."

Thomson persisted without ever directly addressing the slash and Keith explained: "I went off the ice and took a minus. I don't know. What are you talking about?"

Thomson replied, "Nothing. Just checking."

That appeared to agitate Keith, who then responded: "What did you see?"

Thomson said: "It looked like maybe there was a penalty that went undetected. You seemed a bit frustrated."

"Oh, no," Keith said "I don't think there was anything. I think he scored a nice goal. The ref was right there. That's what the ref saw. We should get you as a ref maybe, eh?"

When Thomson informed Keith she couldn't skate, the veteran said: "The first female referee. You can't play probably either, right? But you're thinking the game like you know it? OK, see ya."

While much of the East Coast and Chicago were sleeping, news organizations in Vancouver and Twitter began to chime in with comments. Thomson added to the fire when she tweeted under the Twitter name @KJT1040, "So I think my exchange with Duncan Keith is renewing the #Canucks #Blackhawks rivalry! Lol #heldmyown."

On Tuesday, Thomson tweeted that "hockey is an emotional game and things are often said in the heat of the moment" and that she had "moved on."

A Hawks spokesman said neither Keith nor the team would comment on the matter.

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