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Quenneville OK with Blackhawks’ response to hit

Updated: November 15, 2011 8:40AM



The Blackhawks’ response to the scary hit on Ben Smith might not have been what fans wanted to see, but coach Joel Quenneville was OK with what happened with Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith.

After Brendan Smith clipped Ben Smith in the head, leaving the Hawks forward motionless on the ice, Dave Bolland slashed the defenseman and followed him to the boards, where a minor scrum ensued.

“There’s not too much you can do,” Quenneville said.

“I think everybody knows that supplemental discipline is part of that. What else are you going to do? You want to be the one that’s going next, and you’re suspended as well?

‘‘There’s retribution, and there’s how you go about it. That’s a tough call. I thought the guys on the ice did what they had to do to get their attention.”

Bryan Bickell, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook jumped into the mix as Smith recovered. Keith had just come on for a shift, while Seabrook was nearing a change.

Bickell said he thought Ben Smith was tripped and went for the puck before he saw him down on the ice. He was then impeded by the Red Wings as he made his way to Brendan Smith.

“When you see stuff like that, even if you just say something to him or get in his face, it shows the team they’re one and done,” Bickell said.

Injury report

Viktor Stalberg could miss the next three weeks after suffering a leg injury when he collided with a Red Wing.

“It looked like it could have been more than a collision,” Quenneville said without offering more details.

It’s a tough break for Stalberg, who “had a great camp,” Quenneville said. “He was skating well. He had a little something going there on [Jonathan Toews’] line.”

Dave Bolland missed practice Thursday with an undisclosed upper-body injury that isn’t related to the concussion he had last season. He’s considered day-to-day.

Quenneville said it’s possible that Patrick Sharp (appendectomy) will practice with his teammates for the first time on Friday after skating five days in a row on his own.



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