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Niklas Kronwall stretchered off ice after hit from Cody McLeod

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was taken off the ice on a stretcher on Thursday just moments into the Wings' game at the Colorado Avalanche.

Thankfully, Kronwall was responsive and moving his hands while leaving the ice on the stretcher, always a positive in situations like this, especially after he lay on the ice for several minutes.

It's the second time this week that we've seen a prominent defenseman leave the ice on a stretcher after a big hit into the boards. In this case the hit came from Colorado's Cody McLeod, who was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

Surely he'll also be given a hearing with the NHL's discipline office in the near future as well. You have to be careful near the boards when a player has his back to you, no matter if the player moves there is still an onus on the hitter as the league has proven time and time again.

Video via @WorldofIsaac

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