Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn apologized Wednesday night for a hit that sent Toronto Maple Leafs defender Paul Ranger to the hospital.
Killorn was called for boarding in the final seconds of the first period of Tampa Bay's 5-3 win. Killorn nearly left his skates, hitting Ranger head first into the boards. He was given a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct. The penalty carries an automatic $200 fine, and as the Tampa Bay Times reports, will likely trigger a disciplinary hearing at the NHL offices.
“I'm going in to hit him, and he makes a quick turn,” Killorn told reporters after the game. “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.”
Referees ended the first period with 2.3 seconds left as Ranger was taken out in a stretcher. The Toronto Maple Leafs reported that he was “stable, conscious and alert.”