Wings lose Kronwall to 'dirty play'

November 23, 2009

The banged-up Red Wings have lost defenseman Niklas Kronwall for at least a month with a sprained ligament in his left knee.

The team announced Sunday that Kronwall will be out four to eight weeks.

Kronwall had a leg-on-leg, open-ice collision with Montreal enforcer Georges Laraque on Saturday.

Laraque, who was called for tripping, said it was an accident. The Red Wings called it a dirty play.

"That's something that shouldn't happen in hockey," coach Mike Babcock told the Detroit News. "A guy shouldn't hang his leg out there and hurt another guy. It's unacceptable."

Red Wings winger Henrik Zetterberg said Laraque should have been ejected.

"It doesn't belong here and it's sad it's still going on," Zetterberg said.

Detroit has been without forwards Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula and Jason Williams because of injuries.

•Lightning goaltender Antero Niittymaki won his 15th straight game against the Southeast Division and improved to 15-0-0 in his career against the Thrashers on Sunday.

-Tribune news services

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