TORONTO (AP) - Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger was ''stable, conscious and alert,'' according to the team, after his head hit the boards Wednesday night on a hit from Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn.
Ranger, who left the ice on a stretcher, was taken to the hospital for what the team called a ''precautionary assessment.'' Toronto announced the update on Ranger's condition on its Twitter account.
With 4.1 seconds left in the first period, Killorn boarded Ranger, who went down to the ice and remained there for almost 10 minutes. Ranger moved his legs but not much else after the hit.
A stretcher was brought onto the ice as medical attention was administered. Ranger's teammates huddled around and several Lightning players remained on the ice and watched from afar.
Killorn was given a 5-minute major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. Officials ended the period early.
Ranger, who used to play for the Lightning, appeared to turn his head before the hit to see Killorn coming. When Killorn finished his check, Ranger's head struck the glass hard.
The hit immediately led to a scrum in the corner to goalie James Reimer's right. That quickly gave way to trainers helping Ranger.
Ranger, who was dressed for the 48th game this season, has four goals and eight assists. The 29-year-old defenseman returned to the NHL this season after leaving his last team, the Lightning, early in the 2009-10 season.

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail 2018 Stanley Cup Finals Odds Following back-to-back titles, are the Penguins favored to repeat as 2018 Stanley Cup champions as well?
Thumbnail Penguins vs. Predators Game 6 Pick Can the Pittsburgh Penguins claim the Stanley Cup tonight when they go on the road to face the Nashville Predators in Game 6...
Thumbnail Predators vs. Penguins Game 5 Pick Which team will take the crucial Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight as the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Nashville Predators tonight at 8PM...
Thumbnail Stanley Cup Finals Game 4 Pick Can the Nashville Predators even up the Stanley Cup Finals when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4...
Thumbnail Stanley Cup Final Game 3 Pick With the series on the move, can the Nashville Predators get on the board in the Stanley Cup Final when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3...

NHL Team Pages