Zack didn't mean it

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:37 PM ET

Zack Smith isn’t expected to get a call from the NHL’s VP of discipline Colin Campbell about his actions Saturday night.

The Senators winger should consider himself fortunate after he received a five-minute baording major in the third period for a hit on Leafs’ defenceman Matt Lashoff during the club’s 4-2 loss to their archrivals.

Lashoff is fine and Smith knows he did wrong.

A suspension likely isn’t necessary.

“I didn’t mean to hit the guy that way. It’s unfortunate how it turned out,” said Smith.

“If I could do it again, I wouldn’t have hit him that way.

“Was it a major? Sure, it was a major. But, at the same time, (Marek) Svatos gets a crosscheck to the head (from Jay Rosehill) and that’s two minutes.

“I don’t consider myself a dirty player. It’s just unfortunate,” he said.

Smith is well aware headshots are in the spotlight.

“I don’t think I’d be out of line if I said it’s a sensitive subject right now,” said Smith. “It is something that needs to be looked at it.

“Hits like that are definitely under the microscope the way concussions are being treated.

“Like I said, it’s unfortunate the way it happened,” Smith said. “I never meant to have it turn out that way.”

Coach Cory Clouston claimed Smith shouldn’t have gotten a major in the first place.

“Zack needs to play aggressive. He probably shouldn’t have finished his check in that case,” said Clouston.

“It’s tough. I don’t think it warranted a five-minute, but it definitely was a penalty.”

OFF TO THE ISLAND

The Senators will take part in Kraft Hockeyville next fall for the second straight year.

Late on Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada, Conception Bay South, NFLD. was chosen for next season’s Kraft Hockeyville. The Sens will face the Atlanta Thrashers on Sept. 26 in Conception Bay, with $100,000 being donated to the community for rink upgrades.

LW Colin Greening, a St. John’s native, will be excited.

Last fall, the Sens took on Buffalo in Dundas.

LOOSE PUCKS

The Senators sent D Andre Benoit and D Patrick Wiercioch to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton on Sunday to suit up against the Albany River Rats. Both are expected to return in time to face the Flyers Tuesday night at home ... Clouston was pleased with the performance of newcomer Stephane Da Costa in his NHL debut against the Leafs. He hit a post in the third, played 11:22 and had four shots on net after being signed as a free agent Thursday. “He competed hard and I saw some good things,” said Clouston. “He was very creative and had some good chances. For a first game, I thought he played pretty good.” ... Clouston was quick to offer up Saturday that D Filip Kuba, who looked terrible against the Leafs, was playing hurt and probably shouldn’t have been playing. That’s fine, but why was Kuba the leading ice-time recipient with 23:59?

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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