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Islanders' Okposo taken from ice after big hit

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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo was removed from the ice immobilized on a stretcher after taking a big hit from Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf early in the second period of a 5-4 shootout loss Thursday night.

Okposo, the seventh pick in the 2006 draft, remained motionless on the ice for more than 6 minutes as he was attended to by trainers from both teams and other medical personnel.

A CT scan showed Okposo had a mild concussion, Islanders spokesman Seth Sylvan said in a text message to The Associated Press. Sylvan said Okposo accompanied the team on the flight to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where the Islanders are conducting training camp.

After the hit, New York forward Pascal Morency jumped off the bench and charged Phaneuf but was intercepted by Calgary's Mark Giordano. A small melee ensued, that included Islanders goalie Martin Biron. Morency was given a game misconduct.

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