In Gaelic, the name Duncan means roughly "brown-haired warrior," so Dave and Jean Keith got it pretty much right when they christened their middle child.

There is, however, a tint of red to Duncan Keith's locks and playoff stubble, so maybe the name is not quite perfect even if the Chicago Blackhawks' warrior-chieftain nearly was on Thursday.

The defenceman had two goals, four-points, eight shots and was plus-two in the Blackhawks' 5-0 mind-meld of the Vancouver Canucks.

"There wasn't anything he wasn't doing last night," teammate Jonathan Toews said Friday. "He's just playing his best hockey. We were just saying it's been a while since we've seen him playing that well."

Yes, it has been about a year. We from Vancouver haven't seen Keith play like this since the last time he helped throw the Canucks from the playoffs. That was in May, after Keith won an Olympic gold medal with Team Canada and before he added a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks.

Sometime after that, the 27-year-old from Penticton was also given that Norris thingy as the best defenceman in the National Hockey League.

So much to celebrate.

No wonder Keith's playoff hangover was more debilitating this season than most.