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Paul Ranger leaves Leafs game on stretcher

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Paul Ranger was taken off on a stretcher after being levelled into the boards from behind by Lightning forward Alex Killorn on Wednesday night.

Toronto defenceman hit from behind by Lightning's Alex Killorn

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman is injured after this hit from Alex Killorn who is given a major boarding penalty and a game misconduct. 3:11

A thundering crunch preceded several moments of eerie silence at the Air Canada Centre Wednesday night. 

The crowd was quiet as Toronto Maple Leafs blue-liner Paul Ranger was being attended to by medical personnel, while he lay motionless on the ice before being taken off on a stretcher.

Ranger had just been levelled into the boards by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn on a dangerous hit from behind late in the first period.

Ranger's head appeared to be driven directly into the boards by Killorn on the play. The 24-year-old native of Halifax got five minutes and a game misconduct for his actions. 

The Leafs tweeted the blue-liner was in stable condition and was being evaluated at a hospital.

Click above to watch the play unfold. What do you think? Should Killorn be suspended or was it a clean hit? Let us know in the comments section below.

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