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Report: No hearing scheduled for Killorn after Ranger hit

Mar 20, 2014, 10:53 AM EDT

Lightning forward Alex Killorn won’t face any supplemental discipline for his hit on Toronto defenseman Paul Ranger during Wednesday’s 5-3 win, per the Canadian Press.

Killorn received a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct for his actions, while Ranger spent considerable time laying prone on the ice before being carted off via stretcher. He left the game and was sent to hospital, where he was reported to be both conscious and in stable condition.

Following the game, Killorn apologized for the hit but said he was unsure what he should’ve done differently.

“I’m going in to hit him, and he makes a quick turn,” Killorn said, per the Tampa Bay Times. “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.”

  1. letsgolightning - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    I’ll admit I’m biased, but I think this is a good call. Killorn’s hit was otherwise clean, and the injury looked like an unfortunate result of the way Ranger moved immediately prior to the hit. It also sounds like this match penalty remains with Killorn, which can affect him down the line. Slap on the wrist seems appropriate here. Also hope Ranger comes back soon; if we end up facing these guys in the playoffs I’d want both teams to be at full strength.

    • hockey412 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      I’d agree completely, that’s not the move players are taught to make in regard to a hit – hard to further penalize Killorn. Hopefully the guy is ok soon.

    • twerkslikeMiley - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      I have no rooting interest in either team but I agree 100%. I said it after I saw the replay, there should be no suspension.

  2. sjsharks66 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Hope he recovers from this accident very soon. Hate seeing players leave on a stretcher. A suspension is not always needed. Good call NHL.

  3. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    I agree. He’s way committed into the hit when he turns. Not much he could have done differently. Hope Ranger is alright.

  4. falstaffsmind - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    It was unfortunate. Kilorn is a solid checking forward, but not a dirty player. He only has 55 penalty minutes this year. I hope Ranger is OK. I always liked him when he played for Tampa.

  5. withseidelinn - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    I’m biased towards the Leafs and I think this is the right call. Really unfortunate timing with the way Ranger’s head went into the boards. A match penalty and misconduct were enough, and reason for more severe punishment on Killorn should he ever make a hit like this again. Don’t think he’s a dirty player so my money is on him learning his lesson from this alone.

    • dueman - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      I feel bad for Ranger though, as he was playing really well lately. Hopefully he bounces back from this…

  6. thesportsjudge - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Given the STIFF fines the NHL imposes here in 2014, I expect a fine of about $1500.
    Seriously though, not suspension worthy.

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