Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/22/14

DETROIT - JUNE 06: Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Five of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
As bad it looked it didn’t turn out worse. Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall suffered a mild concussion after being slammed into the end boards by Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod on Thursday. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Friday that Kronwall is day-to-day. “He’s not ruled out yet” Holland said of tonight’s game in Phoenix. Kronwall was hurt at 2 minutes 13 seconds of the second period of Thursday’s victory. He was skating back to retrieve a puck when McLeod checked Kronwall into the boards. Kronwall’s head hit the area between the glass and dasherboards. Replays showed Kronwall did put himself slightly into a vulnerable position by turning. But McLeod also had a responsibility on the play. “When you carry a lot of speed in on the forecheck you have to be responsible for what you’re doing” Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson said. “Especially when you carry a lot of speed.” Kronwall was on the ice for a short time and eventually carried off on a stretcher.
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