Toronto’s Ranger has sore neck, no concussion

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ Paul Ranger is taken off the ice on a stretcher after hitting the boards head first from a check by Tampa Bay Lightning’s Alex Killorn during first period NHL action in Toronto on Wednesday March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Paul Ranger is taken off the ice on a stretcher after hitting the boards head first from a check by Tampa Bay Lightning’s Alex Killorn during first period NHL action in Toronto on Wednesday March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

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TORONTO (AP) — Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger has a sore neck but no concussion after hitting his head on the glass.

Ranger didn’t participate in Toronto’s practice Friday but went on the ice for a team photo. Toronto coach Randy Carlyle says Ranger wasn’t treated for a concussion.

Ranger’s head struck the glass on a hit from Tampa Bay Lightning’s Alex Killorn. He remained on the ice for seven minutes before leaving on a stretcher.

He was released from a Toronto hospital Wednesday night after the Leafs’ 5-3 loss.

Ranger says he immediately felt neck pain after the hit and went into “preservation mode.”

The 29-year-old Ranger says he’s thankful the injury wasn’t worse.

Associated Press

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