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.
Paul Ranger was taken to local hospital for precautionary assessment this evening during tonight's game. He is stable, conscious and alert.— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) March 20, 2014
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