Maple Leafs Captain John Tavares Taken Off Ice On Stretcher After Taking Knee To Head In Game 1 vs. Canadiens

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Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares was taken off of the ice on a stretcher after taking a knee to the head from Montreal Canadiens forward Corey Perry in the first period of Game 1 of the best-of-seven first-round series. He was transported to a hospital afterwards.

After taking a hit from Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot, Tavares collapsed down but his head hit Perry’s knee on his way down.

Tavares appeared unconscious after taking the hit. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher, but did give a thumbs up on the way off the ice.

Off of the next faceoff, forward Nick Foligno, the former Columbus Blue Jackets captain, fought Perry at center ice and took him down.

Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said after the game that Tavares is conscious and communicating well. He will remain in hospital overnight. Keefe added that tests have come back “clear.”

Perry said “I honestly felt sick to my stomach…,” regarding the incident post-game

By Harrison Brown

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