EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Just moments after tying the NHL record for games by a defenseman, Larry Murphy of the Detroit Red Wings was knocked unconscious and forced to leave a game against the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

Murphy, who was playing in his 1,446th game, was knocked to the ice by Devils forward Krzysztof Oliwa. Both players slid across the ice into the side boards and Murphy was hurt when his head was slammed into the boards by Oliwa's hip.

Murphy laid motionless on his back for about three or four minutes and a stretcher was brought quickly on to the ice. However, the 19-year veteran first moved his arms and then his legs and he eventually sat up. The stretcher was removed and Murphy left the ice, supported by players and medical personnel.

The Red Wings later said Murphy was ``fine'' but he would not return to the game for precautionary reasons.

Detroit masseur Bob Huddleston slipped while walking across the ice to help Murphy and hit the back of his head on the ice, opening a cut.

Murphy is now tied with the late Tim Horton for most career games by a defenseman.

Murphy, who has played in 154 consecutive regular-season games, has missed only two since the start of the 1992-93 season and just 25 in his career.

Detroit's next game is on Wednesday against the New York Islanders.