Smid feeling 'horrible'

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

MONTREAL -- It only hurts when he breathes.

Ladislav Smid's face is a bit of a swollen mess these days. With a cut in his mouth, a nose that was nearly broken and a mild concussion, he suffered a lot of damage for a guy who only played 30 seconds in Toronto.

"Horrible," he said of his one and only shift against the Leafs, which ended in a pool of blood after he ran into Nikolai Kulemin along the boards.

"My face, it's not really fun right now," said Smid. "'It's hard to breathe. He cut me on the inside of my mouth and my nose was also bleeding. My lip is swollen. They said maybe a mild concussion ...

"They think nothing is broken, it's just really uncomfortable. They're going to check it again today."

The face will heal, but the possible concussion is the worrisome thing right now. Smid already missed seven games in November when Raffi Torres clipped him with an elbow, so they're obviously concerned about another shot to the head.

"I wasn't really knocked out, more like when a boxer gets knocked out and you're just dazed for a second," said Smid. "And when I opened my eyes, I saw all this blood on the ice."

He says this one isn't nearly as bad as last time.

"I was just a little bit dizzy but my head feels OK," he said. "I had a concussion already this season so they kept me off. They kept me in the locker-room for the rest of the game. My head feels pretty good. I'm going to ride the bike and we'll see, go from there.

"I knew right away this one wasn't going to be that bad, but they told me to stay off and get ready for Montreal."

The Torres elbow was dirty, Smid says this one wasn't.

"It was an accident, he was turning and I was looking at the puck and he hit me with an elbow."


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