Officials called an early end to the first period in Toronto tonight as Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger had to be stretchered off the ice due to a crushing blow into the boards delivered by the Lightning's Alex Killorn.

Ranger's skull plowed directly into the boards, though culpability may lay in both men's hands; Ranger shifted his body in a way that Killorn couldn't have predicted, but with just seconds remaining in the period the body check wasn't likely to be productive or necessary anyway.

We're awaiting word on Ranger's condition and will update this post when we get it.