Lightning wing Alex Killorn said he spent "a ton" of time Thursday watching a replay of his from-behind hit on Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger to see if he could have avoided or minimized the contact.
Killorn escaped supplemental league discipline for the hit Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre that put Ranger temporarily in a hospital.
"It was a tough situation," Killorn said. "There wasn't much I thought I could do, maybe pull up at the last second. But I was committed already."
Killorn received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for the hit with 4.1 seconds left in the first period that drove Ranger's head into the glass. The feeling, though, was Ranger contributed to the play by turning his back on Killorn at the last moment.
Ranger, in a head and neck restraint, was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution and later that night returned to the arena.
Killorn, who left a message of apology on Ranger's voice mail, said he had not heard back from the former Lightning player. He also figured social media was running 60-40 against him.
"Some nasty stuff, but you know that's going to happen," Killorn said.
"I was willing to accept whatever fate (the league) handed me. … More a sense of relief was that (Ranger) was all right."