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Mike Smith: “I’m 100 percent”

Apr 15, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

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After seeing Coyotes goalie Mike Smith go down hard after a collision with Chicago’s Andrew Shaw, the main concern was with Smith’s health. After all, Smith has a checkered injury history including debilitating concussions and the hit he took up high from Shaw had him laid out on the ice for some time.

After the game, Smith gave his take on what happened to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune as well as an update on how he’s feeling.

“I went back to play the puck and I didn’t see him coming,” Smith said, in quotes relayed by the Coyotes. “I don’t have eyes in the back of my head.”

As for his condition?

“I feel fine,” Smith said. “I’m 100 percent.”

When Smith was hit, he spun out with his equipment flying off him to the ice and while Shaw was kicked out of the game and faces a disciplinary hearing tomorrow, it’s hard not to be cynical. After all, Smith stayed in the game and says he feels great, meanwhile the Coyotes got a five-minute power play and a goal out of the situation.

It’s great that Smith is healthy, but if he was hamming things up as a part of some kind of gamesmanship to give his team an edge, Chicago winning Game 2 in overtime makes for some special kind of karmic retribution.

  1. geo91 - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Oh, so he wasn’t shot by a sniper in the stands? Certainly acted like that happened

    • chitownbullet - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      Yeah a 50cal. Head shot and laid there until he was sure Shaw was out and a major was assessed. What a clown. Why was Tazer called for a penalty? Smith came out of the crease to make contact, and Tazer was called? This guy needs some snow when ever he can be accommodated, then stick Hayes in there to camp out in the crease kinda like Big Biff used to do to Big Lu with the Nucks and really get into his head.

  2. canuck54143 - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Anyone who watched the game could see Shaw tried to avoid crushing him. The contact was occidental helmet to helmet, or shoulder to helmet. You can even see Shaw tried to move or prevent injury. Honestly bad call last night! Maybe two minutes for interference but even that would be weak call. Can wait for Shaw to drop who ever comes after him Tuesday.

  3. sabatimus - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Looked like about 35% hit, 65% flop and injury milk.

  4. rgledz - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    No $hit! He’s okay??! I thought he’d have seriously injured his neck flinging himself around like he did. This guy is a joke. He’s out of the net all of the time and initiates contact himself most of the time. The Toews penalty was laughable and I’m sure this garbage will continue because this officiating crew is piss poor. What a bunch of spineless idiots they are as they huddle up by the penalty box to see if Smith gets up before they actually call a penalty. Then they go with charging!?? Really? Either way, Yotes can only score on the PP to go Hawks! Win it in 5.

  5. bleed4philly - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Shaw can explain himself tmrw, in court.

  6. thehighcountrybear - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Yeah…so if things don’t work out on the desert, Smith can ply his trade on the west coast where a theatrically motivated gang of pretenders like the Canucks will welcome him with open arms. If the league needs to look at anything, they should be addressing embellishment as a detriment to the game! While anyone with a set of functioning eyes can see the extent to which inconsistent and biased tendencies in officiating harm the marketability of the hockey product, the drift toward shameless acting and exaggerated pain borrowed from all European sports has ruined our game. Fine the actors, and charge them ACTRA dues commensurate with their unwarranted and exaggerated pay cheques…for that to happen, Shanahan would have to grow a set; not likely now he’s become just another corporate yes man?

  7. esracerx46 - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    As a guy from the chicagoland area I dying to know, is everyone that has commented here a Hawks fan like me? Just trying to see if theirs a bias towards the Hawks. As for Shaw, he needed to tone it down in game one, and already has a reputation as being a pest. Almost Carcillo-esque, but Andrew isnt at Danny’s level as far as stupidity. Just hope Shaws brief reputation doesnt lead to a suspension, with the hearing i think its all but guaranteed he is. What he did was definitely a penalty, but not 5 and a game misconduct +. You just dont go there. I think if the goalie is out of the crease he is just like everyone else, unless he’s covered the puck and whistle blown

  8. coyotefan - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    I can’t believe you Hawk Crybabies. Shaw ran into Smith, hit his head….that’s a penalty and a suspension.

  9. mathpete13 - Apr 17, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    PSYCHE!!!! I’m ok now guys…LULZ!

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