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Blackhawks' Daley on injury: 'I don’t think I’ve ever been that scared before'

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Blackhawks' Daley on injury: 'I don’t think I’ve ever been that scared before'

Trevor Daley didn’t watch the replay of his injury, didn’t want to watch the replay.

“I just know it hurt,” Daley said with a bit of a laugh.

Daley can smile about it now, but he admits he was scared when he suffered a neck injury on Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets. Daley is out tonight, when the Blackhawks play the Nashville Predators, but coach Joel Quenneville said the defenseman could play on Friday vs. the Jets.

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For Daley, that first moment after taking Chris Thornburn’s knee to his head/neck, was a frightening one.

“It wasn’t a good thought. I was pretty scared,” said Daley, who did not go off on the stretcher that was brought out for him on Sunday. “I don’t think I’ve ever been that scared before.”

Daley had a neck injury that required surgery in 2013 when he was with the Dallas Stars. This time, however, the results came back good and Daley was back on the ice in a matter of days.

“Once I got cleared and the results came back and they were fine, obviously it was a big relief for me,” Daley said. “Now it’s just the pain and stiffness going away.”

Coach Joel Quenneville said it was a relief to have Daley back with them so soon.

“Every case is different. You never know,” Quenneville said. “You always hope for the best immediately. Sometimes it’s longer term but you get a pretty good idea right at the moment. This one … we were fortunate the way things all played out.”

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Scott Darling will get the start Wednesday night against the Predators, with Corey Crawford expected to start vs. the Jets on Friday night. Quenneville said the Blackhawks planned this scenario earlier this week but almost altered it based on Crawford’s 36-stop performance against Nashville on Tuesday.

“I know after the last game we kind of, ‘OK, do we change it?’ We had a similar situation where we changed it earlier in the year,” said Quenneville on that previous back-to-back, which the Blackhawks lost. “We’ll stay with the original plan.”

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

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Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: