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Leafs-Lightning period ends early after Killorn boards Ranger (Update: He’s in stable condition)

Mar 19, 2014, 8:14 PM EDT

Ranger hit

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn smashed Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger into the end boards with 4.1 seconds remaining in the first period of Wednesday’s game.

Ranger was knocked to the ice and had to be taken off in a stretcher. Rather than finish the period, the officials sent both teams to the dressing room early. That time was made up when the team’s returned after the intermission.

Update: The Toronto Maple Leafs have reported that Ranger has been taken to the hospital as a precaution. He is both conscious and in stable condition.

Killorn received a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct as punishment for his actions. Whether or not he’ll be suspended is another matter. It’s worth noting that Ranger appeared to turn just before Killorn made contact.

You can watch the hit below:

  1. lowenni - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    1 game max, if there’s a suspension at all. Much like Tom WIlson’s hit on Brayden Schenn, Ranger turns towards Killorn and while the hit is still hard to look at, he put himself in a vulnerable position and that’s the nature of the sport. Rough hit, I’m sure Killorn would take it back if he could, but 90% legal in my opinion. Only chance of suspension is probably because of the fact Ranger got seriously injured.

  2. joey4id - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Does Killorn have a history of these types of hits? I don’t think so. He can make a case that Ranger lost site of the puck, and then realized he had to suddenly turn back to play the puck, and in the process turned into Killorn. No supplemental discipline needed. I hope the kid will be ok.

  3. sjsharks66 - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    It is unfortunate that there was an injury and I hope everything is alright. However that hit was not too bad. He also turns at the last second. I would say 1 game if the league felt they needed to hand out a suspension.

  4. colinald22 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    No respect.Paul Ranger we pray for u!!

  5. colinald22 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    3 games min

    • lordfletcher - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:44 PM

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      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        We’d have no posters if they starting enforcing that

  6. schneider99 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    I have absolutely nothing against Ranger and I wish him a speedy recovery; that being said, however, I don’t think that this hit is suspension-worthy. Killorn was already far along in the process of the hit when Ranger turned around, and he didn’t have ample time to pull up. It is an unfortunate play, but I don’t think there was an intent to injure in this case.

  7. dumbassgreg - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    hope he okay. you do have to not put yourself in b ad position sometimes. if ranger just keeps going plays puck all is good. killorn had no chance to adjust.

  8. mshantz22 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Even though Ranger turns at the last moment, I still think he’ll get 2-4 games. Killorn didn’t have a lot of time to react, but the two-hand shove he gives to Ranger right on the numbers was completely unnecessary.

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      So basically you are saying 2-4 games for a two-hand shove?

  9. stakex - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Hey I hope Ranger is alright, but this was almost entirely his fault. He looked back over his shoulder, saw Killorn was about to hit him, and then turned into the most vulnerable position he possible could have. Yeah Killorn probably could have eased up a bit more, but players really need to start taking responsibly when they place themselves in dangerous positions.

  10. esracerx46 - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Killorn very easily could have went for the puck and this would have been avoided. Ranger overstated the puck, with killorn tailing Ranger and not the puck. Ranger turns back to retrieve the puck and Killorn boards him. Killorn knew it right away, and based on his reaction was un-intentional. The outcome makes it look a lot worse than it was, but I do think he gets something. Hope Ranger is ok.

    • sabatimus - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      Killorn should get something for checking? Ranger turns toward the boards just as Killorn is throwing the check. Playing the body in this manner happens probably 25 times or more in every game. Only difference here is that Ranger put himself in an extremely vulnerable position and gave Killorn no time to change what he was about to do.

      The match penalty should be rescinded.

      • esracerx46 - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:59 AM

        Didn’t say he should get something, I said I think he does get something. Was trying to play mind reader with the player safety dept. Its a dangerous game I know. But with Ranger’s injury, I think thats where they’d call for a suspension. Fair or not, they put a lot of emphasis on injuries.

      • sabatimus - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        Fair enough, my tired self missed the distinction.

  11. alliceishome - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    As a hockey fan first, I’m fairly certain this is not suspension worthy. Ranger unfortunately turned at the last moment and Killorn followed through.

    However, it is worth noting that there were 4 seconds left and Killorn was going for a big hit instead of playing the puck.

    • sabatimus - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:49 AM

      You’re saying that the rules change when there’s 4 seconds left, and that Killorn is somehow not allowed to deliver a hit during that time?

      • ironyisadeadscene - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:50 AM

        It’s certainly unnecessary. He was behind him the whole time and playing the puck should have been the only option. Was he going to spin around at the last second so that he could hit him legally, no. So just play the puck or pin him to the boards.

  12. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Killorn will get a slap on the wrist if anything.

    For one, it was clearly an accident. Ranger makes that last second move and there wasn’t much Killorn could do. Plus it’s going to be Brendan Shanahan calling his good buddy Steve Yzerman.

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