Leafs D Paul Ranger stretchered off the ice after hit from behind by Lightning F Alex Killorn

by Mar 19, 7:56 PM
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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger was hit from behind by Lightning forward Alex Killorn late in the first period of Wednesday night's game between the Lightning and the Maple Leafs. Ranger remained prone on the ice for an extended period of time, and was attended to by the training staffs of both teams. Ultimately the on-ice officials ended the period early, and Ranger was stretchered off the ice.

Here's the hit on which Ranger was injured:

[Courtesy TSN]

Killorn was assessed a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. 

It took a long time for Ranger to be moved safely off of the ice...

According to Darren Dreger, the Department of Player Safety has begun the process of reviewing Killorn's hit but are "not convinced" that further discipline is necessary.

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Mar 21, 2:37 PM

Maple Leafs D Paul Ranger has stiff neck, not a concussion after hit from Lightning F Killorn

by Mar 21, 2:37 PM
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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger says he OK after taking a hard hit from Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn on Wednesday, and that he's dealing with a stiff neck and not a concussion.

He also said this about his immediate reaction to the incident.

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Mar 20, 10:22 AM

No NHL discipline for Lightning F Alex Killorn after hit on Paul Ranger

by Mar 20, 10:22 AM
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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn will not be meeting with the NHL's department of player safety after his hit on Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger on Wednesday.

As per Darren Dreger of TSN, Paul Ranger returned to the Air Canada Center after a quick check up in hospital last night, which is no doubt a "good sign."

See below for footage of the incident.

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Mar 20, 8:56 AM

Dreger: NHL 'unlikely' to discipline Alex Killorn after hit on Paul Ranger

by Mar 20, 8:56 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, and it appears as though forward Alex Killorn will be in the lineup despite being assessed a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct after a dangerous hit on Toronto's Paul Ranger during Wednesday's 5-3 win. 

Mar 19, 11:00 PM

Lightning F Alex Killorn comments on hit that sent Maple Leafs D Paul Ranger to the hospital

by Mar 19, 11:00 PM

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn doesn't have a reputation for taking liberties with his opponents. He's rarely even mixed it up in his NHL career. In 69 games with Tampa Bay this season, Killorn has only racked up 55 penalty-minutes, 15 of which came on Wednesday night on a hit which sent Maple Leafs defender Paul Ranger to the hospital.

Killorn commented on the hit after Wednesday night's game. Describing it as "a scary moment", Killorn explained how the play unfolded from his perspective: 

"It's a play where you are kind of committed to hit someone, without knowing they were going to turn." Summarizing the hit, Killron described the sequence as "unfortunate".

There's still no word on whether or not Killorn will have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety for his hit on Ranger.

Mar 19, 8:56 PM

Leafs D Paul Ranger taken to hospital after being boarded by Lightning F Alex Killorn

by Mar 19, 8:56 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs defender Paul Ranger has been taken to a local Toronto-area hospital for further tests on Wednesday evening. Ranger was stretchered off of the ice after being hit from behind by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn late in the first period.

According to Maple Leafs PR, Ranger is "stable, conscious, and alert," which is excellent news.