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Video: Red Wings’ Niklas Kronwall stretchered off; McLeod ejected for boarding (Updated)

Oct 17, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was stretchered off the ice in the first period of Thursday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, while forward Cody McLeod could be looking at supplementary discipline from the league.

The incident occurred along the end boards, as Kronwall went to pivot with the puck and McLeod coming on the forecheck.

McLeod drove Kronwall from behind into the boards, and was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

Kronwall lay motionless on the ice and was taken off on a stretcher, as per Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

The Red Wings got immediate retribution on the scoreboard, as Johan Franzen scored late in the power play.

Updated: The Red Wings announced via Twitter that Kronwall has a concussion and cuts to the ear but is moving all his extremities and is receiving treatment.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Watching Red Sox and Bruins. How bad was it?

    • alicesrightfootesq - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:55 AM

      (The quintessential Boston sports fan)

      • jcmeyer10 - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        The video wasn’t up when I asked. Forgive me for not watching out of market games when I have my team is playing.

  2. stevieyzer19 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Early report from announcers, concussion and cuts to face…
    At first I thought Kronnwall put himself there but you see mccloud go tight for his head

  3. bobhpine - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    In other news…the Flyers need a stretcher of their own…

    Look am, 2 points!

  4. lowenni - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Is it just me or is there a lot of serious boarding go on the past two weeks?

  5. killerpgh - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    • no - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      Thanks for the video.

      That was as dirty a shot I’ve ever seen. Good on Ericsson for immediately jumping in.

      • killerpgh - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        I can completely understand people saying it was a dirty hit. But I can also understand what McLeod was thinking. Imo, he wasn’t going in with the intention to blast Kronwall’s face into the boards. As McLeod is in pursuit he is actually in position to make a good shoulder to shoulder check if Kronwall continues to go around the net. But Kronwall stops and spins. That being said McLeod probably had enough time to avoid the hit or atleast lighten up a bit. Instead he put everything he could into that hit.

  6. dutchman1350 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    McLeod is a douche…you should hear what the Avs broadcaster was saying, with the He had it coming comments.

    • jeffchadwick - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Link to the Avs call. “taste of his own medicine” according to the Avs play-by-play guy. Is that what they’re calling clean, hard checks these days?

    • blkeskimo1785 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      They…well, Mike Haynes specifically, can be a little ridiculous at times. He’s the only one that still believes this matchup is a rivalry. Sad.

  7. geo91 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Cody McCloud is a brick head. You can tell the guy to plow his head into a car and he’ll do it for the boys. Give him at least 5 games for being stupid and not learning from Lapiere or Koleta… Common!

  8. withseidelinn - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    That is one brutal hit. Jesus

    • polegojim - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      Yes, I watched it live – brutal is the right word… and totally unnecessary.

      As a lifelong Red Wings fan – McLeod is not known for doing something like that intentionally….

      That said, he deserves every bit of the penalty… and then some. You end guys careers like that.

      Best Wishes on Kronwall’s recovery.

  9. jkulha86 - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    It’s a dang shame that hits like this are still a part of the game.

  10. detroitkillas - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    chump shot!!

  11. nj666 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Wow those avs announcers sure are classy….

  12. ducksk - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    A reverse kronwalled, karma is a biatch.

    • killerpgh - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      I think this would be considered “a reverse kronwalled” Nicklas’s brother hurt himself the other day going for a big hit in the KHL.

    • fusionix7 - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      Kronwall isn’t a dirty player. He even has taken to more of a hip check/back check type of hit to avoid the natural jump that occurs after collision.

      First I would learn what a Kronwall hit actually is and then I would watch some Hockey before commenting. Karma would be he gets hit hard while his eyes are down and not paying attention to his surrounding while a clean hit is applied. This was as dirty as it can be while he drives an opponents head into the glass. Simply disgusting.

  13. bluesfan4life - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Play by the sword. Die by the sword.

  14. sjsharks66 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    I feel like he could have avoided hitting Kronwall like that. 5 games for a stupid and dangerous decision.

  15. btlpper68 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    The dumbest part this AVS dumbass Anouncer is praising mcloud

  16. ducksk - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Don’t agree with announcer. Have YOU ever heard the wings guys praising his hits? He’s been a douche for years, I don’t want him hurt , but that dbag has given more dirty hits in his career than the mayor of Washington, D.C. C’mon man.

    • dtownbeatdown - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      If you are talking about Kronwall then you don’t watch much hockey. Even when Voracek got knocked out by him he admitted it was a clean hit and shouldn’t of had his head down. Dirty no… Dangerous… yes.

    • jeffchadwick - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      The mayor of DC? What is this, 1988?

    • fusionix7 - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:10 AM

      Hey ducksk maybe layoff the beer for a bit before typing. I’m not sure if you’re trolling hard, drunk, or just plain stupid. I see your comment further down that you have been watching hockey for 45 years.

      It’s apparent that you still don’t understand the game. Maybe buy yourself a hockey for dummies book to understand the rules of hockey and what constitutes a clean vs illegal(dirty) hit.

  17. shamu1the1whale - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Geezus there have been some really nasty hits in the past few days. Hope they’re all ok…

  18. ducksk - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Ok, you are right. He’s a dbag headhunter. And I have watched more hockey in 45 years than you ever will. Now go to bed, or you mom will turn off your lights.

    • dtownbeatdown - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      If you are 45, using the word dbag, using a lame mom joke, and do not understand the function of a reply button and have to reply by writing a new comment… then I rest my case. DAMN YOU GOT ME GOOD!

  19. ducksk - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Philly is the laughing stock of all pro sports…and I dig it it.

  20. Anoesis - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Nice take-down on McLeod by Ericsson and well-deserved.

  21. LampyB - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Kronwall throws some of the heaviest hip checks in the game. Not dirty by any means, just extremely dangerous and clean. If you think Kronwall is a dirty player you’re making comments while your heads up your ass.

  22. datsright - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    How many guys have to jack their face on the dasher before they remove it!?

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