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Panthers’ Booth taken off ice on stretcher after hit from Flyers’ Richards

PHILADELPHIA – Florida Panthers left wing David Booth was taken from the ice on a stretcher Saturday night after a hard hit from Philadelphia captain Mike Richards.

With 2:55 left in the second period, Booth had just released the puck in front of the Flyers’ blue-line, and Richards delivered a late hit with his shoulder. Both of Richards’ feet appeared to leave the ice as he struck Booth.

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Booth immediately fell face-down and remained motionless for several minutes. Both teams’ trainers and Flyers team physician Gary Dorshimer attended to him. Booth appeared to be conscious as he was wheeled off following a seven-minute delay.

Richards was given a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct for intent to injure. He could face a suspension.

The Flyers were leading 3-1 at the time. Booth scored Florida’s goal.