Leafs center Daniel Winnik taken off ice after absorbing huge hit

Friday November 7th, 2014

Daniel Winnik played his 500th NHL game against the Colorado Avalanche, but there was little celebration as the Maple Leafs forward left the game on a stretcher. 

Winnik was taken off the ice on a stretcher after colliding with Colorado defenseman Jan Hejda and landing head first on the ice 45 seconds after the game started. He remained motionless on the ice for several minutes before Toronto medics strapped him to a backboard. 

Despite sustaining an apparently gruesome injury, Winnik was conscious and able to move, according to the Maple Leafs. Mark Masters of TSN reported that Winnik did not have to be take to the hospital. 

Toronto also lost defenseman Jake Gardiner in the first period after he blocked a shot with his left knee.

-- Anna Gallegos 


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