I think it was pretty faked, but the point is...if it wasn't, then Smith should've been taken off the ice and made to spend 15 minutes in the "Quiet Room". That's what the NHL said it would do to demonstrate how serious they are about head injuries. So either Smith was faking, or his team doesn't give a **** that he might be concussed. Gross.
Interesting article about the death of the Quiet Room here:
I don't think the hit was faked, the laying on the ice for almost ten minutes maybe was. Players play injured all the time. It actually looked more like a neck injury to me.
I think you're missing my point in an effort to be contrary. Did you look at those articles? The NHL's protocol was supposed to be that any player who sustains a hard hit to the head spends 15 minutes in the dressing room being evaluated by a doctor. This was heralded as a "caring change" (quote from our own GM) to prove that the NHL really is taking head injuries seriously. Smith's collision surely qualifies as a hard hit to the head. But he didn't even leave the ice. So he either milked it for a penalty or his team doesn't care about fully evaluating him after a possible head injury.
They need to bring back the Quiet Room and make sure that all teams follow the protocol if the NHL really cares about head injuries. It would protect players, AND prevent players from exaggerating head shots (because who would do that if they knew it would mean not playing for 15 minutes?). Win-win.
Glad that Philly is not afraid to play Cindy hard. Flyers seem to have gotten in the Pens head. Great to see some former Preds playing as high contributors. And as I type, another devastating hit delivered, this time by Schenn!