Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Paul Ranger was released from a Toronto hospital on Wednesday evening, the team announced – after being assessed following an injury sustained in a game over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The professional ice hockey defenceman Ranger was taken off the ice on a stretcher late in the first period after being injured on a hit from behind. He was stable, attentive and watchful at the hospital. “It’s one of those textbook hitting from behind. That’s what it looked like,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle told. “But I didn’t really get a look if he turned into him or if the puck bobbled in his feet or any of that; I didn’t really get a look to that. I was just more interested in seeing the well-being of the player, and that was it” – Sources reveal.
Ranger was boarded by Lightning forward Alex Killorn with 4.1 seconds remaining in the period. Ranger was motionless face down on the ice before being tended to by Maple Leafs trainers and medical personnel. His head was secured by a brace and he could be seen moving his legs while down.
Ranger and Killorn were pursuing the puck behind the goal line when they collided, with Ranger’s head hitting the glass. Killorn was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. With his Maple Leafs teammates and some Lightning players on the ice, Ranger was removed after a delay of about 10 minutes. The first period was stopped at that point and played out directly preceding to the start of the second period.