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Kaberle blindsided by late hit against New Jersey

Tomas Kaberle Kaberle

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman
Tomas Kaberle was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being
blindsided by a late hit by New Jersey tough guy Cam Janssen in
the second period Friday night.

Kaberle was hit in the head by Janssen about 2 or 3 seconds
after he made a pass in his own end of the ice. The Toronto player
then fell to the ice and hit his head against the side boards at
the Continental Airlines Arena.

Kaberle lay on the ice for a couple of minutes before he sat up.
A neck brace was attached and then he was placed on a stretcher and
wheeled off the ice.

A Maple Leafs spokesman said Kaberle was alert after being taken
off the ice and that he was being taken to a hospital for
observation.

Referees Kelly Sutherland and Brad Watson didn't call a penalty.