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Ranger says Boulton called to apologize for hit

Updated: October 25, 2005, 6:51 PM ET
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Before the NHL handed down it's permanent six-game suspension on Eric Boulton, the Thrashers forward made a phone call.

According to a report in The St. Petersburg Times, Boulton called the Lightning's Paul Ranger to apologize for his elbow hit in a game last Thursday.

"He called and felt pretty bad," Ranger told the newspaper. "He apologized. I don't think he meant to cheap shot me or anything. It was a natural kind of reaction [from him]. I kind of fumbled for the puck, and ...

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