Leafs' Paul Ranger thankful to avoid serious injury

Leafs defenceman Paul Ranger says he's thankful to be OK following a hit from behind. (Sergei...

Leafs defenceman Paul Ranger says he's thankful to be OK following a hit from behind. (Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

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TORONTO - Paul Ranger has seen the replay of the hit that left him immobilized on a stretcher Wednesday night.

“I watched it once and that was enough,” the Maple Leaf defenceman declared on Friday afternoon.

His neck still stiff, he had gingerly walked from the trainer’s room to speak to the media for the first time since he changed direction during pursuit of a puck was plowed into the boards by Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn.

“I’m thankful, it was pretty scary,” said Ranger, who spent part of Wednesday night in hospital getting a precautionary assessment and slowly regaining his movement. “At first, I think I was in shock a bit. I just remember feeling pain. I don’t really want to get into details and re-live it, but ... I really didn’t know what was going to happen. I just remember feeling I’m going to be okay, I can feel my hands, feel my feet.

“I breathed three (times) in and out for the next three or four hours.”


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