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

 Florida Panthers forward David Booth celebrates after scoring in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, in Philadelphia. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Matt Slocum)

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Florida Panthers forward David Booth celebrates after scoring in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, in Philadelphia. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Matt Slocum)

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.

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.

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