Brendan Smith's fond memories of Staples Center had a little less shine after Wednesday.
Smith skated off in pain after getting run over by Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner in the third period of the Detroit Red Wings' 2-1 loss at Staples Center, but was able to return. That, at least, was something, as Smith was only just making his comeback after missing most of the month with a sprained right shoulder.
Penner managed to nail Smith exactly in that area when he rammed into Smith, even though Smith didn't have the puck.
"I'm not sure why that happened," Smith said. "I don't know if it was intentional. I think just the fact you're not ready for it and the puck's not around or anything. He's a big man, too. I'm not sure if that will be reviewed or anything. I'm interested to see what it looked like, too."
Penner didn't get Smith in the head. "It was more whiplash than anything," Smith said. "But, he did get me in the shoulder, and it was the same shoulder. I came back, so it wasn't too bad, but - the puck wasn't even around, so that was what was interesting about the whole thing."
There was no penalty on the play, which coach Mike Babcock said there should have been. Smith said, "It's interesting how that plays out. It's frustrating to have the loss."
Smith felt a little sore but nothing major, and he anticipated being able to play tonight at San Jose. "I was a little nervous right away," Smith said.
Red Wings' Brendan Smith endures 'whiplash' vs. Kings, but nothing major
Detroit Free Press | Feb 28