Sunday, March 02, 2008

Smyth knocked unconscious

"It was scary," said Ian Laperriere, whose team snapped a four-game home losing streak. with the win "You hate seeing that happen. It's a bad feeling."
UPDATE Smyth was released from hospital on Saturday night but is out indefinitely with what appears to be a concussion.

UPDATE Paul Kukla's all over the updates on this one.

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At 12:52 p.m., March 02, 2008, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Tighten your chin strap already.

At 1:32 p.m., March 02, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

Karma for the lidstrom hit?

At 1:55 p.m., March 02, 2008, Anonymous Matt Saler said...

The tightness of Smyth's chin strap has absolutely no bearing on the play whatsoever, Andy. That hit would have been incredibly dangerous no matter what Smyth had protecting his head.

Johnson is lucky Smyth isn't dead or paralyzed after that. Stupid, stupid, stupid decision by the young defenseman. You have to know when yo make a hit and when to pull up.

Johnson's not a vicious player, but I hope the League comes down hard on him for this.

At 2:09 p.m., March 02, 2008, Blogger Jason said...

The tightness of Smyth's chin strap has absolutely no bearing on the play whatsoever, Andy.

His helmet might have been on when he hit the ice, which might have offered a bit of extra protection.

At 2:11 p.m., March 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the point of wearing a lid if it flies off when it's most needed?

At 2:24 p.m., March 02, 2008, Blogger Robster said...

I bet he won't be wearing his chin strap this loosely ever again.

At 6:03 p.m., March 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loose chin strap is 2min penalty in Europe where they also have mandatory shields for players born 1970 or later.

And neck protection is also mandatory, so that all you Zednik fans know.

Before anybody starts ranting about euros and their softness I have to explain that above mentioned rules were put in place because of insurance companies' demands.

At 7:50 p.m., March 02, 2008, Blogger Blitzen said...

Same thing happened here in Ottawa to Logan Couture (major junior hockey player and San Jose first round draft pick) except he hit the turnbuckle with his noggin' and was out with a concussion for a long time (I believe that Smyth's shoulder took the brunt of the collision).

It was nasty to see.

At 11:58 p.m., March 02, 2008, Blogger Camcanuck said...

Sorry, but if Smith actually wore his helmet correctly he would not have been knocked out. Period.

At 3:40 p.m., March 03, 2008, Blogger Dario said...

Instead of blaming Smyth for his irreponsible helmet wearing, perhaps there's room to argue that certain parts of the rink could be made safer?

Anyone who hits that partition in that way is in for a serious injury. Why not engineer a way for that section to give? Why do we still have hard caps on the boards?


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