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Talk about hard-headed

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

GLENDALE -- Some players get tapped on the head and they're out of the lineup for weeks. Months, even.

And then there's Liam Reddox. Knocked cold by a blind-side headshot that earned Ben Eager a three-game suspension, Reddox was ready to go the next morning.

Thickest skull in the league?

"I can't explain it, really," he said yesterday, upon returning to the lineup after spending two games in the press box as a precautionary measure.

"I guess I don't have much up there. That's what some of the guys have been hassling me about.

"I've felt good since after the game when the incident happened. Right on the ice, I was answering questions."

But they weren't about to let him play the next game, even though he felt totally symptom-free.

"Kenny (Lowe, the head medical trainer) thought I was going into convulsions," said Reddox.

"He was a little bit worried because my jaw was trembling a little bit on the ice. Even though I didn't have symptoms they didn't want to push it."

He knows it could have been a lot worse. He's seen players sit in the fog for months after a head shot.

"A guy down in Springfield last year, Tyler Spurgeon, he was out the whole year with a concussion. I guess it's just the way your body deals with it, I was lucky."

Although, if Eager didn't take a late head shot in the first place Reddox wouldn't have missed any time at all, but he isn't dwelling on it.

"It was a little late, but it is what it is.

"I'm sure if I was out for a long period of time I wouldn't be happy."

Smid still hasn't scored

Ladislav Smid has eight games left to break the goose-egg. If not he will have gone two entire seasons without scoring a goal.

"I'm making history, guys," he joked yesterday morning. "I'm trying. I'm trying hard. Bad luck, I don't know. Somebody cursed me, maybe. Maybe my ex-girlfriend."

He's at 123 games and counting, not that anyone's counting.

"The team needs are in front of my needs," he said. "I'm not thinking about this stuff, I just want to make the playoffs.

"I don't think it's going to make a difference if I score or not."

Still, it would be nice to get at least one a year. Or, in his case, one every two years.

"I'm trying to rush the puck a little bit more than at the start of the season, trying to support our forwards, but, I don't know," said Smid, who last found the twine on April 7, 2007 - a huge drought.

"I've had a few chances, but I just can't seal the deal. It's frustrating. I'll have to start going to church and praying."

Even Steve MacIntyre has a goal. He scored on his very first shot on net this season, a seeing-eye slow roller that somehow eluded about eight sets of legs between him and the goal-line.

"I can't score goals like that," said Smid. "Never, ever."


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