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Cody McLeod boards Niklas Kronwall, Kronwall leaves on stretcher, concussed

Updated 10x with videos from both sides at 10:20 PM: Kronwall has a concussion but will not be hospitalized, is up and talking: Colorado Avalanche winger Cody McLeod roared in on the forecheck and smacked Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall's neck into the dasher boards. Piece of shit got 5 and a game (offset by 2-minute "roughing" penalty to Ericsson) but Kronwall was stretchered off.

*#$%@& punk-ass should get suspended for multiple games. He knew what he was doing.

Update: Two .gifs:

Update #2: This is where we're at, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being checked from behind into the boards by Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod Thursday.

Kronwall was down on the ice and motionless for a minute for a few minutes but did move his arms and legs while being attended to by medical personnel.

McLeod received a five-minute major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. He likely will face a suspension from the NHL.

Update #3: CBS Sports' Brian Stubits found a video:

Update #4: Ken Daniels says Kronwall suffered a concussion and cuts to his right ear. He will not return to the game, has movement and feeling in all extremities, is being treated in Detroit dressing room. No hospitalization necessary.

So now we're on Kronwall concussion watch. Thank goodness that Todd Beam and the Wings report that it's JUST a concussion.

Update #5: DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose confirms:

#RedWings Niklas Kronwall has a concussion and cuts to an ear. Being treated in dressing room and will not be sent to a Denver hospital.

Update #6: From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

RedWings have D Brendan Smith ready to play while Kronwall heals. Players have to be free of concussion symptoms min. week before cleared

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#RedWings D Niklas Kronwall has concussion, cuts, but moving limbs. Still at Pepsi Center being evaluated.

Update #7: Here's Puck Daddy's Harrison Mooney's take:

The plays aren't all that dissimilar. Like [Dan] Boyle, Kronwall is in a prone position at the point of contact, hunched over slightly, and his head appears to be driven right into the dasher. It's a moment at which you absolutely cannot follow through with that hit.

The Department of Player Safety is busy right now, preparing to throw the book at Max Lapierre for the Boyle hit. One assumes they'll be able to reuse a lot of the script for that video when they're throwing a similar, likely bigger book at McLeod.

McLeod isn't a repeat offender under the CBA, although he did escape what many assumed would be a suspension on a similar hit to the Wild's Jared Spurgeon back in 2011. (Seriously, how did that not get one?)

McLeod won't escape the hammer of Shan this time around. There's no excuse for a hit like this. Sure, Kronwall turned, but his back was to McLeod and his numbers were visible the whole time.

You have to let up on a collision like this, lest someone winds up leaving on a stretcher. These are things we know. We don't need demonstrations.

Here's the Free Press's Helene St. James' report:

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was taken off on a stretcher Thursday night after a nasty hit.

At 2.17 of the Wings' game at Pepsi Center, Kronwall was pushed into the boards by Colorado Avalanche enforcer Cody McLeod. Kronwall's head hit the boards, causing him to drop immediately to the ice, where he received several minutes of attention from team trainers and Colorado medical staff before being put on a stretcher.

Wings’ GM Ken Holland told the Free Press that Kronwall “was being evaluated.”

McLeod was assessed a boarding major and a game misconduct.

Update #8: From Fox Sports Detroit's Trevor Thompson:

Just spoke to Nik Kronwall. Knot on his forehead, couple scrapes but says he's fine, upset with putting himself in a bad position. #RedWings

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Nik Kronwall was watching scratches and injured guys workout outside #RedWing dressing room, talking with the guys, seemed ok. #GoodNews

And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

Kronwall downstairs and communicating with personnel

And meanwhile, in Dater land:

..the rule in hockey is you don't put your head down along the dasher. Bad things can happen - and they did

Update #9: Per Helene St. James:

Update on Niklas Kronwall from Red Wings GM Ken Holland: He has not been told Kronwall has concussion. Said let's see tomorrow.

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Right now, Niklas Kronwall will fly with teammates to Phoenix. Sounds like hit looked much worse than impact seemed.

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Niklas Kronwall never left Pepsi Center, stayed here for eval. Alert, responsible, couple of bumps. See how he feels tomorrow.

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Per Ken Holland, latest on Niklas Kronwall, he has "mild concussion."

This is a terrible thing to say, but you fear that the NHL won't suspend McLeod because Kronwall's not terribly injured.

We All Bleed Red posted a video with Avs commentary:

Update #10: Here's NHL.com's Wings video:

Update #11: Here's MLive's Ansar Khan's report:

The Red Wings said Kronwall has a conussion and cuts to his right ear, but is otherwise OK. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher following the hit at 2:13 of the first period. He was down on the ice and motionless for a few minutes but did move his arms and legs while being attended to by medical personnel.

Kronwall was not taken to the hospital. He was alert and responsive in the dressing room.

"He's in the building and was talking to the doctor when I left (the dressing room),'' general manager Ken Holland said.

Holland said Kronwall will not return to the game but he will accompany the team to Phoenix after the game.

"I think tomorrow we've got to see how he feels,'' Holland said. "He talked to the doctor. He's alert. Let's get to tomorrow morning, let's see how he's doing.''

Holland stopped short of calling it a concussion, even though that's what the team said it is.

"He obviously hit his head,'' Holland said. "e was being evaluated. He was going through the sequence of events.''

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McLoed is a pile of sh&t. He knew damn well he didn’t need to make that hit and he knew damn well were he was going to finish his hit.

Posted by RicoSauve on 10/17/13 at 08:25 PM ET

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wonder how long kronner being concussed will be out ...

but, good sign he was able to wave to the crowd as he left the ice,
gave a ‘thumbs up’

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 10/17/13 at 08:29 PM ET

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Wow. +19 to whoever that was who called an intent to injure request from roy earlier today. I buy it 100 percent.

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 10/17/13 at 08:37 PM ET

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Is it just me?? but to me it looks as he is jumping into the hit..the skates is off the ice..I really hope Kronwall is okay??? Let’s go red wings

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 10/17/13 at 08:40 PM ET

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Mandingo should Banned. Ass predicted this.  smile

That said, unfortunately half the league laughed at this even if we know Kronner isn’t a dirty hitter.

Roy put him up to this. Can’t convince me otherwise. *#$%@& wants a rivalry rekindled? It’s on.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 10/17/13 at 08:43 PM ET

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And regarding the Avs game, Cody McLeod always does something stupid. Always.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/17/13 at 01:43 PM ET

Nice call earlier, George.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 10/17/13 at 08:44 PM ET

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Roy put him up to this

True that.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 10/17/13 at 08:50 PM ET

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March 6th better be epic.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 10/17/13 at 08:52 PM ET

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What the hell…that can’t have happened too quickly for him to react. Players need to wake up and make a better effort to think quickly in the heat of the moment. There’s no reason he had to crash into him like that. He should’ve had time to think “He’s hunched over. I’ll probably mash his head into the boards if I hit him the way I’m about to hit him”.

Dumbass…

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 10/17/13 at 08:52 PM ET

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Wonder if Roy still beats the shit out of his wife.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 10/17/13 at 08:53 PM ET

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2 game suspension.
Nhl Wheel of Justice engaged.
Should be 40 games. Should actually be charged with assault with intent to injure.

Posted by teldar on 10/17/13 at 08:54 PM ET

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Should be 40 games. Should actually be charged with assault with intent to injure.

Wonder if dive fans would boo him every time he touches the puck.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 10/17/13 at 08:57 PM ET

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And regarding the Avs game, Cody McLeod always does something stupid. Always.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/17/13 at 01:43 PM ET

Spot On George..when I first saw that I had a bad feeling… I don’t think the league need a player as Mcleod?  Let’s Go Red Wings

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 10/17/13 at 08:57 PM ET

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Crazy talk that Roy put him up to this. Chill - and lets wait for that sweet moment when that bastard gets his punishment dished out on the ice.

Posted by joedaiceman on 10/17/13 at 08:58 PM ET

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Crazy talk that Roy put him up to this. Chill - and lets wait for that sweet moment when that bastard gets his punishment dished out on the ice.

Posted by joedaiceman on 10/17/13 at 09:58 PM ET

Oh?

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3311529

It’s not like it hasn’t happened before.

And yeah, I know what the text of that article says, notwithstanding.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 10/17/13 at 09:02 PM ET

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And meanwhile, in Dater land:

..the rule in hockey is you don’t put your head down along the dasher. Bad things can happen - and they did


Hey Adrian….why don’t you put your head down near the dasher and let’s put your theory to the test….what a douche…

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/17/13 at 09:22 PM ET

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So great that we have Tootoo around to discourage such things from ever happening.

Posted by Primis on 10/17/13 at 10:43 PM ET

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I don’t like being in the position of defending Roy, but at least he has the brass to look someone in the fuching eye.  He’s only a coward when his wife is around.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 10/18/13 at 09:42 AM ET

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