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Nick Schmaltz breaks skate, gets boost to bench

Blackhawks forward puts in the effort to get off ice, but needs help from Artemi Panarin @NHL

Schmaltz breaks his skate

ANA@CHI: Schmaltz stumbles on ice after losing blade

Nick Schmaltz loses the blade of his skate as he enters the zone and stumbles to get off the ice as play continues

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Skates break sometimes. It's happened before, it will happen again.

And it's almost always funny.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Nick Schmaltz was on the wrong end of it this time.

Schmaltz tried his best to get off the ice. He hopped, he pushed, he clawed. The process was a slow one.

Teammate Artemi Panarin tried to give Schmaltz a boost to the bench, but he used his stick and was only minimally effective.

Schmaltz eventually got to the bench to find it full of laughing teammates. He couldn't help but crack a smile of his own.

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