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Out cold

Primeau leaves Game 6 on stretcher

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Posted: Wednesday May 10, 2000 11:21 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Philadelphia Flyers center Keith Primeau spent Tuesday night in a hospital after being hit by Pittsburgh's Bob Boughner in the first minute of the Flyers-Penguins playoff game.

Primeau lay motionless for several minutes and appeared to be momentarily unconscious before being removed on a stretcher.

He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian University Hospital, where X-rays proved negative. He was released Wednesday after remaining overnight for observation.

"He winked at one of the guys as he left the ice, so we knew he was going to be OK," forward Keith Jones said following the Flyers' 2-1 series-clinching victory Tuesday night.

"Between periods, we were assured he was going to be OK, and that was a big relief," John LeClair said.

The collision occurred with 48 seconds gone and followed a problem in Game 5 on Sunday at Philadelphia where Flyers defenseman Luke Richardson teed up a slap shot and hit Boughner in the chest.

Richardson was not suspended by the NHL despite the Penguins' argument that he intentionally shot the puck at Boughner. On Monday, Boughner promised to get back at Richardson, even if it didn't occur during Game 6.

"There are ways to come back, and ways to take care of what needs to be taken care of," Boughner said. "It may not be the next game ... it may be next year."

Seconds after a faceoff at mid-ice, Boughner skated across the neutral zone from along the right wing boards and leveled Primeau, who was skating up ice with his head down.

After the game, Boughner said, "He had his head down going up the middle and he was looking for a pass. We wanted to come out and hit them hard ... but you hate to see anybody on a stretcher."

Primeau scored the game-winning goal in the fifth overtime of the Flyers' 2-1 victory against Pittsburgh on Thursday.

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