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Chicago’s Smith shakes off dangerous boarding hit by Buffalo’s Ott

Oct 12, 2013, 11:22 PM EDT

Saturday could have been a bittersweet night for Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Smith. Instead, it was mostly sweet.

He scored a goal midway through the first period, but could have suffered a significant injury from this dangerous boarding hit by Buffalo Sabres pest Steve Ott:

Chicago won the game 2-1, and better yet, Smith told’s Tracey Myers that he avoided disaster.

“I’ve been through that before and it’s a little scary and unfortunate. But luckily I came out OK,” The 25-year-old said.

The NHL factors injuries into supplementary discipline, so Smith being OK reduces Ott’s risk of supplementary discipline. He received a two-minute boarding penalty on the play.

  1. blackhawks2010 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Miller kept the score respectable, Should of been a blowout. Solid showing from Crow. Hawks are heating up!

  2. sjsharks66 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Really awkward hit. Looks like he wanted to go shoulder but the hawk player slowed up a bit.
    Good to see him get back up after.

  3. endusersolutions2013 - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Smith had already lost control of the puck – no need for that – could have lightened up – payback for scoring the earlier goal?

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Looks like there may have been a cross check as well

  5. cantphaseme - Oct 13, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    The only thing I can think is that Ott thought Smith was going to turn up ice. Either way stupid on Ott to not wait and see if Smith was actually going to get into a safe position so he could lay out a hit. 3-5 game suspension probably 10 because Shanahan hates the Sabres.

  6. phildo321 - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Yep, why Otto didn’t stop and wait to see what Smith was going to do first before the hit is puzzling? Perhaps he didn’t have time…#dumba$$

  7. pxland - Oct 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Worthy of a long suspension.

    I’m worried for Buffalo though, if Ott and Kaleta are both suspended where will all of their douchiness come from? I mean, there’s always John Scott, but he only plays 56 seconds a night.

  8. slysipops - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    OTT,TORRES and COOKE and a few others ought to have a league of their own to play in !

    • endusersolutions2013 - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      A short lived league – the IR to active roster would soon be tooo big.

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