Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger was taken off the ice on a stretcher during Wednesday night’s game in Toronto after being boarded by Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn at the end of the first period.
As Ranger went to play a puck along the end boards, he turned his back to the oncoming Killorn, who laid a big hit on the Leafs defenseman that sent him face first into the glass. An argument could be made that Ranger put himself in a vulnerable position, but it’s important to note that Killorn never pulled up and followed through with a powerful check.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety definitely will take a look at the incident to determine if any further discipline is necessary.
Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston provided an update on Rangers’ status.
The #leafs say Paul Ranger is stable, conscious and alert in hospital.—
Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 20, 2014
Check out the play in the video below.
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