Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall is carted off the ice on a stretcher after a hit by Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod along the boards in the first period Thursday. (John Leyba / Denver Post)
Denver — Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall left Thursday’s game against Colorado early in the first period on a stretcher.
Kronwall was skating back to retrieve a puck when Avalanche forward Cody McLeod checked Kronwall into the boards. Kronwall's head hit the area between the glass and the boards.
The Red Wings say Kronwall has a concussion and is being treated for cuts near his ear. He was treated in the locker room.
His entire left side seemed to take the brunt of the hit, his shoulder slamming into the boards.
Kronwall's arms were moving as he was placed on the stretcher.
McLeod received a game misconduct and boarding major on the play and was thrown out of the game. A disciplinary hearing for McLeod with the NHL is a certainty.