The Detroit Red Wings beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Thursday night, handing Patrick Roy his first loss as an NHL head coach. But the only thing players and coaches alike could talk about after the game was the latest vicious hit to the head that sent a player off the ice on a stretcher.
This time it was Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who was carried off the ice on a stretcher after being rammed into the boards by Colorado forward Cody McLeod. McLeod received a major penalty for boarding and was immediately ejected.
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.''
''He talked to the doctor. He's alert. He's in the building,'' Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said after the first period. ''Let's get to tomorrow morning. Let's see how he's doing.''
Kronwall was trying to gather the...