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Stamkos has natural hat trick, Lightning beat Maple Leafs 5-3 after scary injury to Ranger

  • Toronto Maple Leafs' Paul Ranger is taken off the ice on a stretcher after hitting the boards head first from a check by Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn during first period NHL action in Toronto on Wednesday March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

    Toronto Maple Leafs' Paul Ranger is taken off the ice on a stretcher after hitting the boards head first from a check by Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn during first period NHL action in Toronto on Wednesday March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)  (The Associated Press)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs' Paul Ranger is taken off the ice on a stretcher after hitting the boards head first from a check by Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn during first period NHL action in Toronto on Wednesday March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

    Toronto Maple Leafs' Paul Ranger is taken off the ice on a stretcher after hitting the boards head first from a check by Tampa Bay Lightning's Alex Killorn during first period NHL action in Toronto on Wednesday March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)  (The Associated Press)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer reacts after being scored on during first period NHL action against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Toronto on Wednesday March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

    Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer reacts after being scored on during first period NHL action against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Toronto on Wednesday March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)  (The Associated Press)

Steven Stamkos had a natural hat trick and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Toronto 5-3 Wednesday night in a game that included a frightening injury to Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger.

Ranger left the ice on a stretcher after his head hit the boards following a first-period hit from Alex Killorn. He was "stable, conscious and alert," according to the Maple Leafs, after being taken to the hospital for what the team called a "precautionary assessment."

Toronto announced the update on Ranger's condition on its Twitter account.

James Reimer gave up a goal on the first shot he faced, and the Maple Leafs lost their third straight.