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Mikhail Grabovsky staggered
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Mikhail Grabovsky staggered

Feb. 15, 2011

The Maple Leafs forward became the subject of discussion about player safety when he was dazed by two hits from Boston's Zdeno Chara and continued to play, scoring two goals. Toronto neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Tator later said he had observed signs of concussion in Grabovsky's wobbly behavior, but the Leafs insisted they followed the NHL's stringent safeguards in such instances. To its credit, the NHL is studying improved protocols for use possibly as early as next season.

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