Chicago Blackhawks rookie Nick Schmaltz had some struggles early in the second period against the Ducks on Thursday at United Center. Schmaltz lost his skate blade after being checked by Anaheim’s Josh Manson.
Schmaltz then proceeded to try to get off the ice by hopping and crawling to the bench. Artemi Panarin gave him an assist with his stick to his rear end to push him along. Some other Hawks that were on the bench offered their sticks for Schmaltz to grab out to, but Panarin’s push was enough to get Schmaltz to safety on the bench.
Once on the bench, Patrick Kane had a chuckle and probably gave the rookie a hard time about the incident.
Schmaltz, who has six goals and 13 assists in 45 games this season, has revitalized his game during the past two months while playing alongside Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik since he returned from a stint with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.