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Canucks' Johnson carried off ice on stretcher

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Johnson was carried off the ice on a stretcher after sliding headfirst into the end boards early in the second period of Tuesday night's game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Johnson was skating full speed through the neutral zone before chipping the puck into the Detroit end, and appeared to lose his balance as he tried to step around defenseman Niklas Lidstrom, falling heavily and awkwardly into the end boards.

Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby arrived first and immediately waived for medical help from the Canucks bench as Johnson lay on the ice. Johnson, a fourth-line center and penalty-killing specialist was placed on a spinal board and lifted onto a stretcher before being taken off the ice.

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