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Avs' O'Reilly leaves on stretcher @NHL

Colorado center Ryan O'Reilly left the ice on a stretcher early in the second period of Friday night's game at Minnesota after losing his balance and crashing headfirst into the boards.

O'Reilly fell while pursuing the puck alongside Minnesota's Matt Cullen. A team official said the 19-year-old had movement in his arms and legs and was being taken to Regions Hospital.

"He was moving and it sounds like he's OK," goalie Craig Anderson said after the Avs' 4-1 victory. "You've got to find a way to pick him up. It was our job and our duty to win the game for him."

Play was stopped for about 10 minutes while trainers attended to O'Reilly, who has has 5 goals and 10 assists in his second NHL season.

"What I tried to right after that happened and he went off was just tell the guys that he was going to be fine and make sure that we stayed strong within the game," coach Joe Sacco said after the game. "Sometimes you tend to drift a little bit when you see a teammate go off like that. It's just human nature."

Older brother Cal O'Reilly of the Nashville Predators is also out with an injury -- he broke his right fibula on Jan. 2 when he fell awkwardly in a game against Columbus.

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