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Blackhawks’ Russell Hurt in Fight

April 16, 1998

TORONTO (AP) _ Chicago defenseman Cam Russell was hospitalized with a suspected concussion after a fight with Toronto’s Tie Domi in a game Wednesday night between the Blackhawks and Maple leafs.

Russell lost his helmet early in the fight, which began 4:51 into the game. Domi pulled Russell’s sweater over his head, connected with a punch, swung Russell to the ice and the Chicago player hit his head.

The 29-year-old defenseman was seen moving his arms and legs before being removed on a stretcher.

Chicago assistant coach Denis Savard said Russell was able to speak and move before being taken to the hospital. He expected Russell to rejoin the team before it left Toronto later that night.

Domi and Russell were handed fighting majors. Domi also received an instigation minor and a misconduct, moving him past Toronto’s single-season record of 351 penalty minutes, set by Tiger Williams in 1977-78.

The Domi-Russell incident was followed by a fight between Toronto’s Kris King and Chicago’s Reid Thompson. Both received fighting majors.

When Domi finished serving his penalty, he fought with Chicago’s Bob Probert. Both were given fighting majors.

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