It was a terrifying scene in the last minute of Game 1 on Wednesday night between the Jets and Canadiens.
With the Canadiens up 4-3, Jake Evans skidded full blast across the ice, grabbed a loose puck and scored an empty net with 56.9 seconds left. However, immediately after giving his team a two-goal lead, the Jets’ Mark Scheifele tied it with a hard, high, and unsuspecting blow.
Evans hit the ice hard and fell for a considerable time. Several medical professionals came out, including team doctors from both clubs. The 25-year-old forward, who actually reached the fourth mark Wednesday, was carried off on a stretcher, but raised his thumb when he left the ice.
(Warning: this video may be disturbing to some viewers.)
Scheifele received a five-minute overrun for charging and a 10-minute game misconduct.
After the game, Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme said Evans was still at Bell MTS Place and was being evaluated. Evans had not been taken to the hospital. Ducharme also called success “useless” which, when translated from French, means useless.
Evans’ goal in Game 1 was his first of the postseason. In 47 games this season, he has accumulated three goals and 13 points. He is now the second player to be stretched out this postseason, as the Maple Leafs’ John Tavares received an accidental knee to the face of Canadiens forward Corey Perry on May 20.
What happens next is up to the NHL Department of Player Safety. They have recently handed out some fines and some suspensions, including eight games for Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri and, the other day, two for Golden Knights’ Ryan Reaves.
Here’s how the players and coaches on both sides reacted to the blow:
– Centro Canadiens Jesperi Kotkaniemi: “I think it’s disgusting, there is no respect for the other players.”
– Canadiens defender Joel Edmundson: “Yeah, it was a dirty hit, but the league is going to take over. If he returns to the series, we will make life miserable for him, but I think the league is going to do a good job with it.”
– Perry: “He didn’t say anything. He was just laying there. From what they said, he was moving, but it was a scary situation.”
– Shower: “You never want to see that, a player on the ice like that. We went through that in Toronto with Tavares. He’s not a player in our uniform, but it’s an accident, and both sides want him to feel better. I didn’t.” I don’t feel that from the other side when it happened. “
– Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers: “Obviously I hope he’s okay. I went back and saw that he didn’t look good. When something like this happens, there tends to be a scrum. So he was just trying to keep everyone away from him. In a situation like that, you don’t want anyone. fall on top of him. I was just trying to keep everyone away. “
– Jets Captain Blake Wheeler: “I just hope he’s okay … That’s the concern. It’s never good to see a boy on ice for so long and the stretcher is scary. So we just hope he’s okay.”
– Jets coach Paul Maurice: “Well I hope the young man is okay. It’s such an unusual play because you’re backing up to kill a play with the empty net. You’re coming full speed ahead. When Mark stopped skating, he kept his arms in. It’s a big hit. No. there’s a question about that. I’m sure the league will have their say. “
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.