Shanahan knocked out; Knuble injures face

NEW YORK -- Brendan Shanahan was hospitalized Saturday after
a hard collision with Philadelphia's Mike Knuble that left the New York Rangers' forward unconscious on his back for several minutes.

Shanahan skated toward the bench as Knuble came the other way.
Neither player saw the other and they slammed shoulder-to-shoulder.
Shanahan went flying backward and struck his head against the ice
when he fell 7:27 into the third period of the Rangers' 5-3 loss.

X-rays and a CT scan were taken on Shanahan at St. Vincent's
Hospital. All the tests were negative, but Shanahan was to be kept
overnight for observation. The Rangers said he was awake, alert and
moving all his extremities.

"It's always hard to see any of your players go down whether
it's coincidental or otherwise," Rangers coach Tom Renney said.
"It's tough, but we're going to have to overcome that and play in
the spirit of what he's all about anyway. Hopefully he won't be out
too long."

The right side of Knuble's face was swollen, and general manager
Paul Holmgren said Knuble fractured his cheekbone and orbital bone.
Knuble is expected to have surgery in a few days, once the swelling
goes down. There is no timetable for his return to the lineup.

Holmgren expressed concern after the game that broken bones
would be revealed once Knuble had more tests at home.

"He seemed OK. He was a little woozy," Holmgren said.

Knuble, second on the Flyers with 22 goals and 43 points,
declined to comment as he left Madison Square Garden.

Shanahan, the Rangers' leader with 28 goals, moved his left leg
slightly as medical personnel attended to him, but his eyes
remained closed. Shanahan, 38, appeared to also be bleeding from
the mouth one day after extensive dental work. He lost a tooth
Thursday night at Carolina after being struck in the mouth by a

Shanahan blinked his eyes and was talking as the stretcher
rolled across the ice to the Zamboni entrance, chants of "Shanny,
Shanny," trailed him during the ride.

The hit came moments after New York closed its deficit to 4-2 on
a play in which Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr was rattled by a late
hip check against the end boards by Flyers defenseman Derian

New York sustained several key injuries during the game that was
physical from the very start.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist left following the second period
after a hard shot struck him in the left shoulder and sent him to
the ice writhing in pain. New York defenseman Marek Malik also was
knocked out of the game, favoring his shoulder, after absorbing a
check from Flyers forward Simon Gagne.

Lundqvist and Renney said it was the coach's decision not to
send the goalie back out for the third period, more to give him
rest than because of the injury. Lundqvist was hurting, but planned
to be back in the nets Sunday afternoon when the Rangers face the
Chicago Blackhawks.

"I could've kept playing for sure," Lundqvist said, "but they
told me they wanted to make a change."