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Stars’ Marshall Leaves Hospital

February 2, 2001

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Grant Marshall of the Dallas Stars was released from the hospital Friday after hitting his head on the ice and sustaining a concussion a night earlier.

The right wing was struck hard by Owen Nolan of the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night and was carried off the ice on a stretcher.

Marshall spent the night at San Jose Medical Center, and the hospital said he left the next day. Calls to the Stars were not returned Friday, but the team said Thursday night that Marshall had a concussion.

With five seconds left in the first period of the Stars’ 4-2 victory, Nolan skated in on Marshall and elbowed him in the neck. Marshall fell back and his head struck the ice.

``In the heat of the battle you do some stupid things and that was a prime example,″ Nolan said. ``I’m not proud of it, and I just hope he’s all right.″

Marshall did not move for several minutes. With teammates Mike Modano and Darryl Sydor close by, Marshall was surrounded by doctors. Eventually, his foot moved and he sat up briefly before being helped onto a stretcher.

Because there were only five seconds left in the period, both teams were sent into the locker room early, with the time remaining added to the second period.

Nolan was assessed a 10-minute match penalty for deliberate injury and left the game. The seriousness of the penalty means a tape of the hit will be sent to NHL officials for review.

``Personally, I have confidence in the people there, and I think they will come to a conclusion that for a number and variety of reasons will be the right amount,″ Stars general manager Bob Gainey said. ``The guts of a situation like this has to be not only how our team responds to it, but how does their team respond.″

Nolan apparently was acting in retaliation for a hit he took early in the first period, when Marshall was penalized for boarding.

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