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

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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 CSNChicago.com’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.