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Devils' Elias leaves game on a stretcher after check by Avs' defenceman Wilson

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New Jersey Devils head trainer Richard Stinziano, top, tens to left wiger Patrik Elias, of the Czech Republic, after he was injured when hit by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Rayn Wilson early in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. Elias was taken off the ice on a stretcher. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/David Zalubowski) Author: The Hockey News

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Devils' Elias leaves game on a stretcher after check by Avs' defenceman Wilson

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DENVER - Devils forward Patrik Elias left New Jersey's game against the Avalanche on a stretcher after being checked by Colorado defenceman Ryan Wilson.

Wilson hit Elias with a high check at the Avalanche blue line 38 seconds into the second period Saturday in Colorado's 3-1 victory.

Elias stayed on the ice for about five minutes before he was secured onto the stretcher. He waved to the crowd as he was taken off the ice.

Elias had X-rays at Pepsi Center and was taken to a hospital for a CT scan but both results were negative.

"We had X-rays here for his neck and everything was fine," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told the Newark Star-Ledger.

"We went to the hospital just for precautionary reasons for a CT scan and everything is fine. The doctor didn't know we were flying back after the game, so he said, 'I'd just like to double check with a CT scan.' So I went to the hospital with him and they got the report back. Everything is OK."

No penalty was called on the hit, but 3:06 later Wilson dropped the gloves with Devils defenceman Mark Fraser.

Elias is part of the Czech Republic's team that will compete in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver next month.

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