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Nick Schmaltz Leaves 2nd Game In A Row

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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 15: Nick Schmaltz
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 15: Nick Schmaltz /
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Chicago Blackhawks Continue to Score Goals, but Nick Schmaltz had to leave the 2nd game in a row tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

One of the most exciting things about the start of the season was how much better Nick Schmaltz has looked in the preseason and to start the season.

The only problem is that he’s having a hard time staying on the ice.  It appeared to look like he injured his knee on Thursday night in the Chicago Blackhawks 10-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Everyone had a quick exhale when Joel Quenneville said he would be ok for tonight’s game, and even more excited when he practiced yesterday.

Patrick Kane scored on the line’s very first shift of the game, but Schmaltz got checked hard and looked like he was hit in the head pretty hard as he went down as Chelsea Dagger was being played at the United Center.

Schmaltz went right to the locker room, but later in the 1st period he came out for one brief shift which was pretty exciting at the time, but after that shift he went back to the locker room and never reappeared.

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It’s a pretty rough start for Schmaltz who looks like he’s ready to make that jump from rookie to budding star on a good team.

Ever since Schmaltz has left the ice the Hawks have scored 3 more times to lead the contest 4-1 after 2 periods.

Joel Quenneville has really messed had to mess with the lines because Schmaltz isn’t out on the ice.

One of the good stories of the first two periods was watching Eddie Olczyk get interviewed by Pat Foley to talk about his fight against cancer.  Eddie was having a hard time not crying, and when they played the tribute video for Eddie the Crowd started chanting Eddie! Eddie!

The Story is Schmaltz is out with if I had to guess is concussion symptoms, but we will see what Coach says after the game.

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It’s 4-1 Hawks after 2 Periods.

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