Hindsight is always 2020, but there was no doubting in Jakub Voraceks mind how he felt about the hit he took Tuesday night against Detroits Niklas Kronwall.
The hit was clean, said the Flyers winger, who remains questionable for Thursdays game against Florida under a concussion watch.
The NHL obviously concurred on the hit being clean, as it did not fine or suspend Kronwall.
Replays show Voracek had his head down and turned right into Kronwalls shoulder.
I had my head down, he said. Ive got to be aware that Kronwall is standing there at the blue line. It was the end of my shift and I look up and hes standing at the blue line and Im focusing on the puck and hes very good at it.
I was kind of nave to think he was going to back up, obviously. It was a tough hit to take, but it was a clean hit and from my side, it was my bad. Those hits should stay in the game.
Asked how he was feeling, Voracek replied, Not bad.
From what I saw last night, it was a pretty tough hit to take, he said. I survived it pretty good. Well see how I feel tomorrow.
Voracek passed an initial SCAT concussion test Tuesday night, general manager Paul Holmgren said, but he must be re-evaluated and take a baseline test to play against the Panthers.
Well see what happens tomorrow, Voracek said. It can change every day. I dont want to say I feel too good. Like I said, every day is different. Hopefully, I can get back as soon as possible.
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