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Kronwall Taken Off Ice On Stretcher After Hit

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DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 17: Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings lays on the ice after being hit by Cody McLeod #55 of the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on October 17, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Kronwall was taken off the ice on a backboard and McLeod was charged with penalties for boarding and game misconduct in the first period. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 17: Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings lays on the ice after being hit by Cody McLeod #55 of the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on October 17, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Kronwall was taken off the ice on a backboard and McLeod was charged with penalties for boarding and game misconduct in the first period. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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DENVER (AP) — Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall was carried off the ice on a stretcher after being rammed into the boards on Thursday night by Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod.

The Red Wings announced on their Twitter account that Kronwall, “has a concussion; cuts to the ear but he’s moving all extremities, being treating in locker room.”

General manager Ken Holland said after the first period that Kronwall wasn’t sent to the hospital and there was no plan to do so.

“He talked to the doctor. He’s alert. He’s in the building,” Holland said. “Let’s get to tomorrow morning. Let’s see how he’s doing.”

Kronwall was trying to gather the puck in the corner early in the game when he was hit by McLeod. Kronwall’s helmet flew off as he fell to the ice.

Several teammates gathered around Kronwall as the dependable defenseman was strapped to the stretcher. Kronwall tossed away one of his gloves.

McLeod received a major penalty for boarding and was ejected.

Kronwall has one goal and five assists in seven games this season for the Red Wings.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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