COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In a sense Joni Pitkanen feels lucky.
He hasn't seen the video of Pavol Demitra's nasty cross-check from behind that sent him face-first into the boards on Saturday. Nor does he want to.
But the Edmonton Oilers defenceman feels fortunate to come away with just a sore back and an injured wrist.
"I turned to get the puck, then I remember sliding head-first into the boards," Pitkanen said.
"It was pretty scary. I tried to get my head up and I think that's how I hurt my wrist, putting it up when I went into the boards."
Demitra cross-checked Pitkanen in the back in a race for the puck Saturday in Minnesota.
Pitkanen left the game due to his injuries, while Demitra was assessed a two-minute penalty.
Pitkanen is doubtful for tonight's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
"He's moving gingerly, but I view that as a positive that he's up and about and moving," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.
"I think it's going to be a matter of games rather than months which it could have been.
"That's a dirty play. You have a guy that is at his most vulnerable position and you take advantage of him.
"He's going hard to the boards already and then you push him into the boards."
Pitkanen -- acquired in an off-season trade with the Philadelphia Flyers -- scored Edmonton's opening goal against the Wild.
He missed 13 games earlier this year with a knee injury and has six goals and five assists in 26 games.
"I knew he (Demitra) was beside me when I went to get the puck," Pitkanen said.
"I just didn't expect him to shove me from behind.
"I think I was lucky, because it could have been a lot worse."