Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – The Toronto Maple Leafs announced that defenseman Paul Ranger has been released from the hospital after taking a vicious hit during their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The team said Ranger was released Wednesday night after being assessed by doctors. The Maple Leafs gave no indication on when Ranger can return to action or whether he suffered an injury.
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn was ejected for the hit, which occurred with 4.1 seconds left in the first period and the Lightning on a power play. He received a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct.
Ranger tried reversing direction with the puck when Killorn hit him. That sudden move probably spared Killorn any supplementary discipline.
“I’m going in to hit him, and he makes a quick turn,” Killorn said. “I’m already committed at that point. I’m trying to think of what else I could have done … to prevent that. It’s just a tough, quick, bang-bang play.”
Ranger dropped to the ice after he went head-first into the glass, and he lay on his stomach, moving his leg. After 10 minutes later, his neck was immobilized and he was taken off on a stretcher.