VIDEO: Paul Ranger taken off on stretcher after boarded by Killorn

By Brian Stubits |

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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher after being boarded by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn late in the first period on Wednesday.

With the Maple Leafs on the penalty kill, Killorn was trailing Ranger into the offensive zone with the Leafs defenseman preparing to play the puck. He made a slight devitation on his path and turned just before Killorn hit him into the boards head first.

Ranger immediately went down as the scrum ensued around him with the Leafs rightfully not happy with Killorn. Killorn was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct. The period was called early with the time added on to the second period, only four seconds.

As mentioned, Ranger did move a little before the hit but not a lot and it certainly didn't make the hit from Killorn excuseable. It was a bad hit, made worse with Ranger's momentum taking him forward into the boards. Killorn will undoubtedly hear from the league for that hit. Whether or not any action is taken, we'll have to wait and see.

The entire Leafs team and a few members of the Lightning -- a team Ranger used to play for -- remained on the ice until Ranger was taken off on the stretcher to applause from the Toronto crowd.

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