Maple Leafs captain Tavares withdrew from the game with Habs after crashing
Maple Leafs captain John Tavares was de-iced on a stretcher after colliding with the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs in Toronto on Thursday.
The 30-year-old center hit Montreal’s Ben Chiarot at 10:29 in the first period and was hit in the knee when Corey Perry fell.
The coaches and doctors of the two teams rushed to the ice and participated in the veterans game before being taken away, which encouraged him to stay in shape as he struggled to rise.
Tavares was lying on the stretcher and gave a thumbs up because he was slid out of the ice. Players from both teams tapped their sticks, and the “courage” of “tragic hip” was played on the sound system of the Scotiabank Arena.
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Tavares scored 50 points (19 goals, 31 assists) in 56 regular season games this year.
A while after the game resumed, Perry put down his gloves with Toronto’s Nick Foligno in a short battle. Both sides were sentenced to a five-minute combat penalty.
Thursday’s game kicked off the first round of the playoffs between the two teams in the North District. This is the first time Ye Zi and Habs have met in the playoffs since 1979.
The Canadian issued a statement on Twitter expressing his concern for Tavares and wishing him a speedy recovery.
We are troubled by the terrible accident that happened to John Tavares and extend our best wishes to him.