TORONTO (AP) - Steven Stamkos had a natural hat trick and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Toronto 5-3 Wednesday night in a game that included a frightening injury to Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger.
Ranger left the ice on a stretcher after his head hit the boards following a first-period hit from Alex Killorn. He was "stable, conscious and alert," according to the Maple Leafs, after being taken to the hospital for what the team called a "precautionary assessment."
Toronto announced the update on Ranger's condition on its Twitter account.
James Reimer gave up a goal on the first shot he faced, and the Maple Leafs lost their third straight.
Radko Gudas and Tyler Johnson scored the other Lightning goals. They've won 4 in a row, and have 10 points in their last 6 games.
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