Pens defenseman in hospital after hard hit

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LONDON, Ontario -- Penguins defenseman Alex Grant was taken off the ice on a stretcher after absorbing a hard hit from behind during a prospects tournament game at the John Labatt Centre this afternoon.

Grant, whose neck and extremities were immobilized by medical personnel before he was lifted from the playing surface, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was being examined for possible neck, back and wrist injuries, general manager Ray Shero said.

Shero added that, while the results of those tests still are not known, the way Grant was handled on the ice, as well as the examinations he received, were primarily "a precaution."

Grant was hurt when he was checked by Ottawa's David Dziurzynski at

2:22 of the first period in the Penguins' 5-3 victory. Dziurzynski received a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

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